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Backlight and Morning Mist   Featured in PhotoFlash #015
  Backlight and Morning Mist
Backlight and Morning Mist
Yosemite National Park, California; 50mm lens, Kodachrome 64
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Lisa Clark
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    Breathtaking shot. Very well done!

5/4/2004 12:39:51 AM

 
Kerry Drager
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Hi Lisa: Thanks so much for your comments ... I'm pleased you like this photo!!
Kerry

The "Story" Behind The Making of This Photo

This concept for this image, by the way, actually began the afternoon before, when I scouted out potential silhouette scenes for an early-morning shoot. Then I put to use one of outdoor photography's two most valuable accessories: the alarm clock!

The next morning, I dashed to my pre-determined spot and set up my gear. I expected silhouette subjects, but the mist was a pleasant bonus! Next, I experimented with camera position and with lenses - by zooming in, zooming out, and switching lenses - before settling on a "normal" 50mm focal length. I then carefully composed this scene. But the tricky thing here was the exposure; here's what I did:

  • I filled my viewfinder with a middle-toned spot of the ground - an area that was actually outside the frame here but was in the sunlight (crucial, since I wanted good color and details in all the sunlit areas in the scene).
  • I took a meter reading on the sunlit mid-tone, and locked in those settings.
  • I then used that substitute reading for the scene shown here. The sunlit mid-tone settings ensured that the shadowed tree would turn out as a black silhouette and that the backlit leaves and other sunlit elements would show up well-exposed.
  • Oh yes, the second most valuable accessory I used here? A tripod!!

    5/4/2004 8:45:18 AM

     
    Sherri Conley
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    Awesome shot, Kerry!

    6/3/2004 2:56:43 AM

     
    Carolyn J. Connolly
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    I just love this image Kerry - it's gorgeous! Wonderful backlit leaves, silhouetted tree-trunk and background mist - very well executed photograph!

    6/3/2004 10:18:18 AM

     
    Kerry Drager
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    Hi Sherri: It's so nice hearing from you ... thanks so much for the nice comment on this photo! I really appreciate it!!
    Kerry

    6/3/2004 10:34:46 AM

     
    Kerry Drager
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    Hi Carolyn: I'm pleased you like this photo! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your wonderful comments!!
    Kerry

    6/3/2004 10:36:46 AM

     
    Tammy M. Richards
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    This image is beautiful, Kerry! By the way, I am reading your book, Scenic Photography 101 and I love it! You offer so many wonderful ideas & tips, especially to someone like myself who is an aspiring photographer. :)

    7/17/2007 9:00:06 AM

     
    Kerry Drager
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    Hi Tammy,
    Thanks so much for the nice thoughts ... glad you like the image! And I'm pleased that you are enjoying my book too ... bravo!!!

    All the best in your photography, Tammy, and thanks again for taking the time to write...
    Kerry

    7/17/2007 11:36:07 PM

     
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