Believe it or not, I didn’t get around to downloading this image from the camera until about a week after my trip. When Heather and I were out at Whitefish Dunes at dawn, we brought my old 40D as a second camera in case Heather wanted to shoot. As the sun came up through the mist over Lake Michigan, I set up the 40D on my gigantic studio tripod (I don’t have a lightweight 2nd tripod) and tried for a sunrise shot. Since I only shot a few shots on the 40D, I forgot there were pictures on that compact flash card. Imagine my surprise when I downloaded this picture!
Technically, this was a big challenge. Shooting directly into the sun brings out the worst in a lens since lens flare can occur. I also had to contend with heavy fog that hadn’t quite burned off – which you can see along the tree line. To deal with the wild dynamic range differences between the sun and the shadowed tree line, I used a 3-stop graduated neutral density filter. I also shot three images bracketed at +2, 0, and -2 EV so they could be combined as an HDR.
Vital Stats: Canon 40D w/Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 ISO 100, f/16, .6 sec. +/- 2 stops