We got up early to catch the beautiful light here in Monument Valley. Left shot is natural light. Right shot is a painting-with-light shot: I painted the tree with the headlights from our guide's Jeep. Took several tries to get it right.
I shot HDR, but it ruined the dramatic effect. Indeed, there is a time and place for HDR - and this wasn't one of them!
By the way, it's freezing here: 30 degrees F this AM. Almost 50 now. Ahhhhhh.
Mo' on HDR at my Photoshop World Orlando talk.
Explore the Light,
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