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Sunset at Mendocino Headlands

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 14 June 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

The setting sun warms lupines growing along a bluff on the western edge of the Mendocino Headlands in Mendocino, California. Gusty winds required a high ISO of 1600 (this was also an experiment to see for myself how well this camera could handle noise), which in turn allowd me a fast enough shutter speed of 1/200th to freeze the lupine at f/11. I ran the image through Noise Ninja which removed the little bit of noise produced by the 1DsMKIII (I was very impressed). Other combinations of shutter/aperature/ISO did not produce desired results. Once I find a composition, I begin the process of problem solving. It's rare to come across a situation in nature where everything is a green light. In order to balance the brightness of light from the left to right side of the frame (due to my position of roughly 70 degrees off axis from the sun), I held a 3-stop split grad diagonally across the top 1/3 of the frame. It's the little things that can make or break an image! To learn more about a workshop I will be teaching next June in Medocino, please visit my website at

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/200 second F/11.0 ISO 1600 26 mm

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