These shots were made just a few minutes apart from each other - one in the soft, blue light prior to sunrise and the other in the warm, direct light just after it. Both were made with a D800e, with the first made with the new 70-200mm 4.0 and the second with a 16-35mm 4.0.
Sun 20-Jan-13 10:39 PM | edited Sun 20-Jan-13 10:40 PM by claude_dumas
i like very much the second one, for the richness of its texture and the overall geometry. In practice, how did you manage where to focus (were you using hyperfocal distance from a table you carried with you or did you take several trial and error shots ?)
Mon 21-Jan-13 12:41 AM | edited Mon 21-Jan-13 12:44 AM by walkerr
It just goes to show you how much the light changes and how quickly it changes. I used a fixed white balance (daylight) for both shots, which is what I normally do when shooting landscapes. Auto white balance would have wiped out the change in color that the natural light provided. I like the bluer, softer one because it's a bit different, and it prints nicely at larger print sizes.
Thanks to you Rick, my conclusion is too that WB Daylight works better for landscapes than Auto, especially near the golden hours. I made a few shots exactly to show that and hyperfocal distance use (estimated). I'll make a separate post for those sample images.
Keep these as examples for teaching purposes, they are great.
One question: do you sometimes use warming filters with fixed daylight WB? Some say they aren't usefull since the camera automatically adjust colors in the oppoaite direction. Is it the case with fixed WB?