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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Colorado Sunsets

This image is from my fall trip into southwest colorado. A storm was over the Sneffels Range. If you could see to the other side of the range you would be dropping in on Telluride. The storm clouds were being stirred up by upper level winds, or a puff from the wind God, rain had just fallen in the valley and I caught this shot. This is the beauty of Colorado.

For those who are technically interested this image was taken with a medium format digital camera. I started shooting with a Hasselblad H3DII-39. The H3D is a 39 mega pixel camera. File sizes are very large. In the case of this image the original shot was horizontal and about 45mb in a RAW format. The final image is a combining of 3 images each with a different exposure. This is called HDR, High Dynamic Range, processing. The exposures were each at f 8.0 at 1/20, 1/10 and 1/5 of a second.

Images get merged in a program called Photomatix. This does the blending and the art begins with the large number of adjustments that can be made. The resulting print shows a tremendous amount of detail. The gentle transitions of color in the clouds and the evening, rain glistened shine of the road. The output is magnifico as my Italian friends would say.