Two weeks ago, I posted a few photos whose component parts were all taken within a ten minute period at North Carolina’s Jordan Lake on a recent morning (to read that post, Click Here). This is what happened in the minutes that followed.
There must have been hundreds of spider webs in the area, all glistening in the backlit glow of the sun since it had risen above the fog, each lined with water droplets from the moisture in the air. And even though this type of image is not new, I had never even made the attempt, probably because it’s nothing new, and because I never owned or used a macro lens. But I thought I’d give it a shot with the 50mm lens because I felt the morning shoot was over anyway, and they were along the way back to the car. What really tipped the scale to make the photo, was being able to use the beautiful, soft color of the sky reflection in the water as the background. The photo above was taken at 6:36am.
After the spider web shot, I continued back along the road toward the car, passing the scene I’ve been trying to photograph all spring. It seemed the clearing fog was being held up somewhat by the shoreline trees beyond the singular row in the foreground, seen peeking out above the fog, and I clicked off several frames of differing exposures, again using the 2-stop soft split ND filter to hold back the sun and sky. I thought I would have to blend several frames to properly portray the sky, but was amazed that the sensor could handle the extreme tonal range in a single frame. The one area where the highlights were blown out was the sun’s reflection. There were no pixels to darken or saturate. So processing moved to Photoshop where, using the cloning tool, I was able to blend the area surrounding the blown out reflection, into that area and give it back some color and life. This image was exposed at 6:46am, ten minutes later.
With the water currently at high levels, I’ll be on the lookout for conditions that may be conducive to finally capture that elusive shot of the flooded row of trees, reflected in the surrounding water, with an otherworldly sunrise sky!! Fingers crossed…