My wife and I visited friends in Angus, Scotland last month, and a patch of pink flowers conveniently located right next to a road caught our attention. One evening we popped out on foot with our photo rucksacks, did the five-minute walk back to the bend in the road and set up with our tripods.
Except my wife had forgotten her tripod! I was already set up and starting to take shots (at least that’s how I remember it now), so I somewhat ungraciously declined to offer to jog back and get it for her. Unfortunately, it was during the few minutes that she was gone that the light came alive and created the most glow; by the time she was back things were looking a little flat.
I’m often uncertain of my processing results, but when I showed poor wifey my initial result last night, she dropped her shoulders, held her head in her hands and sobbed “That’s the picture I wanted.” The best reaction I could have hoped for!
Body: Pentax K-3 II. Lens: Samyang f/2, 16mm.
f/10, ISO 200. Processed with darktable and blended and spot-healed with GIMP.
That’s a blend of three shots with pretty simple masks: second lightest for foreground, second darkest for sky and darkest for sun. (I tried going the HDR route but things didn’t immediately work out so I switched to simple blending.)
If anyone wants to process using a single shot, I recommend the second darkest (2426).
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Attribution: David Oliver, doliver.co.uk