Spring Hill, 6:45 a.m.


This photograph was taken today during a dense morning fog. We had heavy thunderstorms last night and the large trees were still full of raindrops.

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at 24mm, ISO 1000, shutter speed 1/200s and aperture f/8. I converted this RAW file to black & white via a "secret technique" I learned today from a friend - we'll see if I'm allowed to reveal it sometime in the future. :) Curves adjustments for contrast and slight color balancing for tone.

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Oh wow, that's breathtaking.

Posted by Laura on June 20, 2006 10:34 PM

Cool. you have captured the mist nicely.

Posted by Jeet on June 20, 2006 11:04 PM

Simply gorgeous.

Posted by Tanja > DoubleCrossed.ca on June 20, 2006 11:39 PM

That's beautiful, Kathleen.. and kinda mysterious too

Posted by Rahul Kumar on June 20, 2006 11:47 PM

Gorgeous shot Kathleen. The levels of depths apparent in the trees is magnificent.

Posted by Justin Gaynor on June 21, 2006 12:10 AM

lovely soft light. Looks like she is on the edge of the world there.

Posted by pfong on June 21, 2006 12:45 AM

very nice lighting and human silhouette in the distance!! cheers :)

Posted by david kleinert on June 21, 2006 1:43 AM

Very nice, Kathleen. And it has a secret formula, so it adds to the mystery. Kudos.

Posted by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez on June 21, 2006 2:08 AM

i really like this one and i enjoy how soft this is, the umbrella in that guys hand is perfect detail for shadowing. i really love it :) take care

Posted by bruno on June 21, 2006 2:36 AM

Wonderful. I'm loving these early morning shots.

Posted by Constantin on June 21, 2006 2:49 AM

Wow. Amazing what you do with digital. I have a 20D and get nothing close to this. I know it's me and not the camera.

Beautiful work, Kathleen

Posted by Jeff on June 21, 2006 4:45 AM

stunning atmosphere, lines, exposure, composistion, processing. Really striking. great stuff

Posted by luke on June 21, 2006 7:02 AM

Secret technique??? Do tell...please...I hope your source will allow you to reveal the secret because this is amazing.

It's among my favorites of yours. Awesome!

Posted by Laurie on June 21, 2006 7:36 AM

oh wow, this is awesome! can't wait to hear the secret technique if you are able to share it.

who's the person in the photo? is that you?

Posted by ron on June 21, 2006 9:01 AM

This is an amazing shot! Hope to hear your secret technique in the near future :)

Posted by Craig on June 21, 2006 9:55 AM

brilliant. i love photoshop secrets...

Posted by javga on June 21, 2006 11:08 AM

The light is awesome, there's something very cinematic about it. I don't know why but I'm thinking 'a clockwork orange'....

Posted by miles on June 21, 2006 11:43 AM

miles is right, it does seem like the person is stepping out of the fog, on the search for a bit of the ol' ultra-violence. love this. hope you can divulge the secret sauce.

Posted by demetrice on June 21, 2006 1:00 PM

Technique, schmechnique. The woman's got an eye. Another great one!

Posted by Jeff G on June 21, 2006 1:06 PM

Could this be a time traveler? Or perhaps the road less traveled! Really stirs the imagination. This is such a cool shot. Love the B&W, makes it very mysterious.

Posted by Noreen on June 21, 2006 5:42 PM

another stunner! this is absolutely amazing! I know I probably say this all of the time, but this is absolutely my favourite shot from you :D...

the darker and eerie nature of this is something which is more of a rarity from you, but its someting I really appreciate... especially when there is quite a comical stance at the end of the dark standing in the light

Posted by JD on June 21, 2006 6:20 PM

Awesome picture. I like the person on the road, it adds a lot to the picture.

Great site by the way.

I want to know the secret formula I hope you can share.

Posted by John on June 21, 2006 6:44 PM

Fantastic. I find archetypal shots like this very appealing. I rate this as one of the best of your images so far this year.

Posted by Mussakka on June 21, 2006 10:34 PM

Beautiful. Just... beautiful.

Posted by Marta (Jezebel) on June 22, 2006 7:22 AM

Marvelous atmosphere and mystery!! I really like that you've converted to B&W. very cool!

Posted by mikelangelo on June 22, 2006 10:54 AM

The umbrella really makes this one. (on top of the great contrast, fog, etc...)

Posted by richard on June 22, 2006 2:09 PM

What a lovely and fantastic photo! Very well postprocessed also.

Posted by Luisa on June 22, 2006 7:59 PM

Thanks, everyone! Hahaha, I should say "secret technique" more often.

So the secret technique is to use the gradient map. Image -->Adjustments-->Gradient Map and then select the black&white option. You can use a blending mode to make the effect more dramatic or leave as is. The result is nearly identical to what my 5D creates in 'monochome' mode.

I did a side-by-side comparison of a 5D-processed monochrome image and Kathleen-processed RAW file of the same photo, and I can't see any difference even on close inspection of the large file. Pretty nice!

Thanks to my friend Miki at osenoa.com for the cool technique! :)

ron: The person in the photo is not me, it's my niece.

Posted by Kathleen on June 23, 2006 7:52 AM

Such an evocative image...beautiful!

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Posted by mari on June 28, 2006 10:46 PM

perfect picture, I really like tonality of those trees, the light on that road, but all these things just support the atmosphere, the most important is somebody standing in the light ... impressive photo

Posted by otomi on July 2, 2006 7:11 PM

This is breath taking, I love this.

Posted by noushin on July 9, 2006 9:06 PM

This shot has a beautiful mood to it.....feels lonely to me...I lke that. Phil

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