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Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00

Sun Standing Still

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Having moved from left to right across the high, narrow valley of Walker Camp Prong, the sun, on the day of the summer solstice, comes to rest midway up the flank of the spur ridge of Mt. LeConte that will continue ultimately to Peregrine Peak. After pausing for a couple of days, the solar disk begins its journey back across the valley, which will eventually take it behind Sugarland Mountain for the winter. This is the time of year when Morton Overlook offers the quintessential Smokies sunset location. I wanted to open up the shadows of the foreground ridges a bit, so I used a graduated neutral density filter to accomplish this. Then it was a matter of using focal length to place the ridgelines and the sun in positions of interest and balance. From the many possibilities, I chose a focal length of 232mm in order to compress the scene and enlarge the elements. An aperture of f/18 gave depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 5.0 seconds at ISO 100 gave an overall somewhat darker than medium overall exposure once the GND was accounted for. Feathering the GND filter helped even out the gradient.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Sunday, 24 August 2014 07:24 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hi Nancy T. Thank you for sharing that thought. GNDs can truly be magical tools and they are fun to learn to use, and sometimes challenging as well. I suppose that's what practice is all about. I hope you are doing well.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Tuesday, 19 August 2014 14:39 posted by Nancy Tripp

    I love the sunset images of the ridges. Thanks to the GND filters these are possible without having to stack several photos. You introduced them to me about 10 yrs ago and I am still fascinated by their magic. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Monday, 18 August 2014 08:11 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Gene. It's always good to cross paths with you. I hope you had an excellent week at the Folk School. I'm really glad you enjoy the Images and occasionally glean some kernel of knowledge to help your photographic journey. I'd love to have you join me again in a class there or anywhere else.

  • Comment Link Eugene Worley Sunday, 17 August 2014 23:02 posted by Eugene Worley

    Yep, I was glad to see and talk to you again. I always lurk and enjoy your "Image for the Asking" -- just don't comment. But I do enjoy them and get some ideas from them. Maybe next time at JCC I will take another class from you -- Lord knows I need all the help I can get.

  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Sunday, 17 August 2014 10:29 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hi Dee and Fred, thanks for joining me. Dee, I always appreciate your kind words. And Fred, the answer is both. For places with which I am really familiar, the info is in my head; for everywhere else there is TPE (The Photographer's Ephemeris). Also, Fred: Enjoyed having a chance to visit with Gene Worley at Campbell.

  • Comment Link Fred Sunday, 17 August 2014 09:07 posted by Fred

    Just curious: do you hold these tidbits in your mind...........the summer solstice sun/earth geometry at sunset for specific locations.............or do you have a notebook to remind you!

  • Comment Link Dee Murphy Sunday, 17 August 2014 08:32 posted by Dee Murphy

    Magnificent.

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