This image was shot at Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada in August 2010. We stopped here on one of the classic foggy days on the Bay of Fundy. The fog was so thick this day that you could only see about a football field in front of you. Beyond the tree and rolling hills there is supposedly the Bay of Fundy, but I never saw it that day.
I had my Nikon D80 with a 24-70mm lens at 70mm for a tight crop. I knelt down for the better perspective and stability and took 3 exposures by 2-stops each. I shot at f/5.6 and ISO200 to try to minimize the camera shake at my brightest image (which was at 1/30s).
I merged in Photomatix with settings that I do not remember. I post processed in LR3, increasing the clarity and vibrance to bring out lots of detail and color in the arch. In the original HDR, the tree in the background was blurred due to a little wind. I took the middle image and created two virtual copies in LR, one at +2 and one at -2. I then merged them in Photomatix with the same settings as the original. Then I blended the tree section from the single image HDR into the merged HDR, and the result is above.
This image looks even better as a metallic 8×10 print hanging in my office =)
Really wonderful image Stephen. I like how you used the wall as a natural frame to both frame the view and carry the viewers eye into the distance. And some good problem solving to get the image right. Great job! Thanks Stephen.
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