License: Creative Commons - Attribution Author: AirHaake
I'm back! Sorry about the lack of posts these past few months. I took a little break from photography to gather my thoughts. I won't bore you with details, but the short is that indeed I am back! Expect images regularly from now on. I also have an exciting project that I've been working on that I will announce once it's ready.
Anyways, I've been sitting on this image for almost a year now, back when I took it on a workshop with @candacedyar and @littlem_photography on Mt. St Helens. It was the first time I had been there, first time shooting wildflowers and my first time shooting stars. Whew lots of firsts!
To get this image I plopped down my camera well before sunset and didn't move it until well after dark to capture the full range of light during the evening and to pick and choose the best frames to combine. This is a focus stack for the foreground, the light just after sunset and the stars that came out shortly afterward.
I knew this was going to be a more fantastical image and at the time I just didn't have the skills to make it look how I wanted (though honestly I still don't). I went back and forth between probably a dozen different versions of this shot to get the right balance between the foreground and background and overall I'm pretty happy with it. However, darker images are so hard to balance when you know it's mainly going to be seen on small screens that differ in their brightness settings, since the screen brightness makes such a big difference to how the image looks! Argggggh
Anyways, this one was a labor of love. Hope you enjoy :)