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Registered: June 2009
Posts: 19
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Taken very early one February morning in the first hints of pre-dawn light. At f16, the exposure as metered by the camera was 30sec, so very borderline for reciprocity failure. I set a manual exposure of 35 sec to try to avoid this but i'm not sure i managed to completely avoid it?? But i like the blue cast for this scene!
Film; Fuji Velvia 50
Exposure; 35sec at f16.
Filter; ND grad.
Scanned on a Nikon coolscan IVED.
· Date: Sat September 26, 2009 · Views: 365 ·
Keywords: Pre-dawn light (2)
Camera Make / Model: Canon EOS 3
Lens Make / Focal Length: Canon 70-200 f4L
Filters / Type Used: ND Grad
State / County / Area Image Taken: Dyfed Wales.
Country Image Taken
United Kingdom
Processing Software Applications Used
Adobe photoshop and Extensis intelehance pro 4

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Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,829
Sat September 26, 2009 10:49am

I actually prefer this to number 1 Vic. The mix of colours is quite stunning and the detail superb. Well captured,
Sat September 26, 2009 11:06am

Hi Vic,
I really like the blue tones here with the hit of copper on the trees, nice work and well worth the early morning.
Well done
Regards Andy

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 860
Sat September 26, 2009 2:33pm

Vic Hi:

Very impressive, I do like the effect of the copper coloring on the trees. Excellent capture.


Registered: September 2009
Sat September 26, 2009 7:01pm

Looks like your hunch of 35 sec was spot on, or as good as it gets for this kind of lighting. I confess, I had to look up 'reciprocity failure.' It's something all of us have experienced - no doubt, but just didn't know the term for it. I like this as well as #1. The copper-lit trees add a very strong focal point to this extraordinary scene.

Registered: January 2009
Posts: 40
Sat September 26, 2009 8:05pm

Personally I think the blue tones and the idea of pre-dawn light work well, and like Patricia I had to scuttle off to the glossary to read up on reciprocity failure - learn something new every day! So thanks for the image and for the lesson.
Sat September 26, 2009 8:11pm

Love the soft colors.

Registered: June 2009
Posts: 22
Sat September 26, 2009 10:31pm

Hi Vic - love the blue cast of early morning on this one too. I had to go look up "reciprocity failure" too - everydays a school day!!
Thanks great shot Paula

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Mon September 28, 2009 2:36pm

The results of reciprocity failure on film (especially Velvia),were unpredictable but could turn out some exceptional images. This one is a winner for me.
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Registered: November 2008
Posts: 157
Tue September 29, 2009 8:51pm

I have to say I simply couldnt choose between the two and I woujld have them side by side framed and on the wall.. both superb photographs my friend again here the lines and tones along with the lighting and detail make this a very special image.
Thank you for posting
kind regards Helen

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 10
Tue September 29, 2009 11:04pm

As always the photography of both is super, but for me this is a big winner. The cold tones with the hints of warmth is very appealing. Artistic and lovely and yes very well should be framed and displayed so everyone can see. Excellent.

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