The Shadow Knows

Challenge #2 in the Technology Enabling Art series. Hosted by ProfHankD.
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Tone mapping has been a well-respected artistic tool at least since Ansel Adam's book "The Print" -- but it required a set of darkroom techniques that were difficult to master. Now tone mapping is possible in-camera using contrast and exposure settings, shadow adjustment, etc. Image editing software on a computer allows even more complex transformations: HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing, levels adjustments, retinex, dodge/burn, etc. The challenge here is to use tone mapping to make a photograph express your artistic vision rather than what the camera literally saw.
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Edge of the World
by beerguy
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This scene captures the morning fog at Great Bend in Letchworth State Park, NY. Just beyond the wall is the Genesse River, 550 feet below. The early morning Sun is directly behind the large oak tee on the left. I made four exposures with the camera mounted to a tripod. The exposures were merged in Photoshop CS2 and manually tone-mapped.
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Submitted: Friday, 26th June, 2009 21:56 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 26th June, 2009
Focal length: 10 mm
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Notes: AV mode, Bogen 3020 tripod/3047 head. MLU and remote release used.
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