Harrison Lake at Sunset

October 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Montana Landscape PhotographyHarrison Lake III About an hour later than Monday's image, I walked to the narrow end of Harrison Lake in hopes that the setting sun would give me a burst of color before dark. Because it was rather flat and overcast I wasn't holding out much hope.

Just after the sun dropped behind the Tobacco Root Mountains I was rewarded with this view. On a first trip to a location I don't think I could have asked for anything more.

For any of you photographer types, this is a composite of five images, each one taken at different exposures to capture the details in the shadows as well as balancing out the brightness of the setting sun. The human eye can adjust to this range of light and darkness, but a camera's sensor for the most part tends to either make the shadows too dark or blow out the light parts rendering a not-so-good image. You can also use various filters to achieve a similar image in one frame, but I chose to do the composite for this one.


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