Waiting for the Color

August 10, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Blue Skye Farm, Waldoboro MaineBlueSkyePMatixHDR

Photography is teaching me patience and the importance of waiting for the image to appear. On our recent trip to Waldoboro, ME we stayed at the Blue Skye B&B. The home was built in 1775 and the innkeepers have preserved as much as possible the 18th century nature of the home. I decided I wanted to photograph the home and give our hosts a copy of the image. The above image has many flaws including the non-parallel line distortion due to shooting at an angle but the sky is wonderful. I sat in the front yard for 1.5 hours as the sun descended to its 7:50 P disappearance on the horizon. The sun was directly facing the home, so as it set nice golden light played across it with accompanying shadows from the front lawn trees.  The sky above the house was blue with gathering white clouds. I took dozens of shots and many of these images were quite nice.  But I wanted to see what would happen after sunset. As the sun disappears over the horizon it sometimes can color the entire sky. Which is what happened. Fifteen minutes after sunset, the white clouds slowly became colored pink. In this situation, one must take advantage of the opportunity because all the color disappears quickly. In this case it was 5 minutes. To capture the full dynamic range the image is a 5 shot HDR (shutter speed from 1/5 s to 3 s) taken with a Nikkor 17-55mm @ 22mm and f16.


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