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Larry Gerbrandt
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If you visited my page on Thursday you may have seen a teaser image of this shot taken with my iPad mini after all the visual fireworks were over.  This one was taken with a Nikon D800E and a 24-70mm lens @ f/4 and 42mm.  The sun rises directly behind Half Dome and it was as spectacular a sunrise as I can remember.  In fact, I missed the first 60 seconds or so and the sky was blood red and then began changing to reds to orange and to yellow before fading out.  Even shooting RAW with a 36 megapixel sensor it is impossible to have shadow detail and a brilliant sky, though that is actually how the human eye perceives the scene.  To create this image I took two exposures with the camera on a solid tripod.  The first was designed to properly expose the foreground and the second to expose the sky.  I then used the new DxO Version 10 RAW processor to extract maximum detail and tone from the raw capture data.  The two processed RAW 16-bit files were then brought into Photoshop and the background and foreground exposures are combined using a series of layer masks and then the whole image is sharpened for reproduction.

I decided to save some money on Wednesday night and stayed in an unheated yurt in Curry 
Village.  Seemed like a good idea on paper since I had a warm sleeping bag packed.  Not so much when the alarm went off at 6AM.

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Taken last night.  Was hoping to shoot the full moon rising above the town but got there a bit late and had to do with twilight instead...still, with the warm streetlights and turn of the century architecture our little town looks as charming as it actually is.

Nice to be back in contact. Hope all is well.
Larry Gerbrandt

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Read what I did to enhance the foggy morning effect on this image and take it to the next level.

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Sometimes it really pays off to look up.

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Step by step on how a RAW file can be processed twice to dramatically expand the tonal range, from deep shadows to brilliant highlights.

Larry Gerbrandt is launching into conceptual portraiture at Rare Light Gallery.

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Annual sandhill crane migration outside Kearney, NE. Visit me at www.rarelightgallery.com

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This simply could not have been done without multiple layers of Flypaper Textures.  I used them to tie together three very different images.  The rocks were actually originally a scanned B&W negative.
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I used nik's Color Efex 3.0 extensively in this image in order to pull the three separate composite images together, including Glamor Glow, Film Grain, Detail Extractor, Pro Contrast and Vignette.  The ability to experiment with different filters in a stack is a huge time saver and allows more creative experimentation.
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