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March 5, 2013
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Canon
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Canon EOS 6D
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1 second
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F/14.0
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55 mm
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100
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Mar 2, 2013 6:54:50 AM -05:00
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Blanketed in Light by Mashuto Blanketed in Light by Mashuto
Canon EOS 6D | EF 24-105 f/4L IS @55 | 1s | f/14 | ISO 100

Part 3 (and probably the last part) of my series from my recent sunrise outing to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

As I watched the sun rise, I became a little disappointed with the clouds. I was hoping the sunlight would hit the bottom of this layer of clouds and explode with color. Unfortunately there was another layer of clouds on the horizon so by the sun cleared them, it was already too high in the sky to really illuminate the bottom of the clouds the way I would have hoped for. I spent some time shooting directly into the sun because it had this great flare off into the sky due to the haze that had collected overnight.

After some time, I noticed that everything seemed to be glowing from the sunlight and the haze and that in certain spots the sun was just spilling over the edges of the mountains creating some wonderful sun rays and giving everything some fantastic colors. The famous blue ridge haze mixed with the orange/red glow from the sun, making everything glow in wonderful shades of pink and orange.

The Blue Ridge haze also creates one of my favorite effects where the peaks often appear darker than the valleys below. In this particular image I feel lucky that I was able to capture not only that effect but some glowing ridge lines from the low sun.

Please make sure you view large enough to see some of the details that might otherwise be missed (such as the light hitting the branches of the closer trees). And as always, I hope you enjoy viewing my images as much as I enjoyed creating them!
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:icongreat-name:
Beautiful! The colors are amazing!
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Mashuto Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Although truthfully, I may have overdone the saturation a bit. I had just learned a new processing technique and probably pushed it too far. Regardless, the light that morning was incredible. The haze just really glowed when the sun came up!
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Mashuto Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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phototell-dot-net Jul 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Very nice! As a suggestion with all your images (I've looked at your home page here on DA) consider a noise reduction treatment toward the processing of the image. By doing so you would tend to "smooth" out the light beams.
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Mashuto Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Glad you like it. I also appreciate the suggestion, however I am not particularly going for a smoother look with my images, so I am not sure applying a smoothing noise reduction on a clean image is really what I want to be doing. Thanks for the suggestion though!
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phototell-dot-net Jul 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
You are very welcome. Thank you for the reply.
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aniliu324 Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely light
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Mashuto Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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LostGryphin Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning!
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