The first of March was quite an important date for me this year, as it represents one month until we’re fully up and running again. Obviously I felt I had to mark this occasion so I decided to do something I haven’t done in quite a while, namely take a photograph!
This may seem a little strange to some (after all professional photographers take photographs all the time, right?) but this year has been so busy for me that I simply haven’t been able to make the time to go out and get the job done. so after a bit of procrastination, a bit of preparation (i.e where the %*&^ have all my memory cards gone etc…) Echo & I headed up to Beacon Fell aiming to be there just as the sun set.
To cut a long story short, sunset was a bit of a damp squib, as in it didn’t really happen! However the colours immediately after were exactly what I needed. I’m quite pleased with this result (its been several years since I took an image after the sun has set) and I think I see more of these coming in the future!
Now (for those of you interested!) here’s the technical bit;
The image is shot on a Nikon D800 with a 24-70mm f2.8 AFN series set at 24mm. I used a lee polariser to emphasise the blue in the sky and also a 3 stop hard edged grad to balance out the exposure. this was all mounted on a really heavy Gitzo tripod to keep it steady, with a Kirk BH1 head. Exposure was F11 at 30 seconds. It should have been longer, but in my rush to get out of the door I managed to leave my cable please behind! as it was I lightened it by 3/4 stop in light room which I knew I’d have to do anyway.
I did as little post processing as possible, other than what’s mentioned above. I removed a few dust spots, sorted out the colours (which can be an issue in long exposures though not to much in this case) and Bobs the relation of your choice!
If anyone would like to know more about any of this, please just drop me a line via the contacts page. I’ll be happy to reply!