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27-02-12, 03:38 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Clearly a long(ish) exposure, as the clouds have all moved considerably. It certainly had me thinking about how to get this right..... and I agree with your comment about how difficult it is to get everything to 'come together' for one exposure. That, I think, is perhaps the heart of the problem.
The upright pillars and the stones are almost completely without detail, and so is a large area around the sun. I'm not suggesting that they should both reveal detail, but I think a multiple exposure shot may have worked well - if you can get one long exposure for the movement and one short one to get just enough of the sun without being burnt out. These could have been put back together in an HDR program - though I'm no fan of automated HDR. So, if you're handy with editing in layers, perhaps using individual exposure as layers might be the answer, with careful masking and blending.
One exposure, in Raw, may also have been a choice - using the Fill Light control and reducing black to minimum. In the end, though, the shot has - due to the limitations of the sensor - been unable to capture what your eyes saw - the dynamic range of light has 'overflowed'. Film, rather than digital, actually works better in dealing with a high dynamic range - but only marginally.
I've tried similar shots myself in the past, without the blending - and just couldn't get the balance right.
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