One advantage of hiking and photographing solo is that social distancing becomes the norm. This is especially true when I head off trail into the bush. Unless there is a complete lock-down, I still plan on heading outdoors. Any outdoors person can only spend so much time indoors before going crazy.
Nikon D90 with 16 – 85 mm Nikkor lens @ 16 mm, AP Mode
3 exposures combined in Photomatix Pro 3.2:
iso 200, f11, 1/160 sec, -1.00 ev
iso 200, f11, 1/640 sec, -3.00 ev
iso 200, f11, 1/40 sec, 1.00 ev
I have visited this pond in Chilliwack valley on numerous occasions throughout the year. In setting up the composition, it was just a matter of waiting around for a nice cloud reflection. I used a vertical format to get the clouds in and eliminate a lot of pond debris that I saw in horizontal view. The clouds worked out well since its U shape mimics the U shaped slope of the trees which frame the mountain. Without clouds filling out the sky, there would be too much uninteresting negative space.
This old version of Photomatix didn't work well for Raw files in Exposure Fusion so I had to use HDR and tonemapping function. I post-processed the tiff file by eliminating the chromatic aberration, add minor sharpening, added some contrast, corrected white balance more towards cool and darkened the clouds a bit.
Nikon D90 with 16 – 85 mm Nikkor lens @ 28 mm, AP Mode
3 exposures combined in Photomatix Pro 3.2 using Exposure Fusion:
iso 200, f11, 1/15 sec, 0.33 ev
iso 200, f11, 1/60 sec, -1.67 ev
iso 200, f11, ¼ sec, 2.33 ev
Estimated the hyperfocal distance.
The D90 does not have a back button focus so I auto focused by depressing the shutter button half way flip the switch off auto to manual before pressing the shutter release.
I have visited this moss-covered forest many times but it's always challenging to take photographs. Now that the sun is rising higher over the mountains, it lit up a fallen moss-covered tree that is normally in the shade. Since the moss is backlit, the light really enhanced the shape of the fallen tree. The tall trees around it provided dark shaded areas which contrasted nicely with the brightly lit tree.
Nikon D800, 16 - 85 mm Nikkor lens @ 35 mm, AP Mode
3 exposure combined with Photomatix pro 3.2
iso 200, f16, 1/60 sec, 0.67 ev
iso 200, f16, 1/125 sec, -0.33 ev
iso 200, f16, 1/20 sec, 1.67 ev
I put the camera on continuous high speed.
Estimated hyperfocal distance.
Location: Pierce Lake Trail
The initial composition was set up to shoot the sun shining through the trees. I could have gotten away with shooting one shot a bit underexposed to compensate for the bright area but there would be visible noise. I did away with delayed time shutter release because conditions changed rapidly. I had noticed that later in the morning as the sun warmed up the tops of the snow-covered trees, the snow would fall here and there. When dry snow falls, the individual ice crystals scatter all over. When this happened in front of where the sun was in the forest, I rapidly fired off three shots. Here you can see the sun with the ice crystals flying across. I converted the photo to B&W because there wasn't much color. Thus, I didn't bother removing any chromatic aberration. The only thing I didn't like was the tree at the bottom right which blocks some of the beam of light.