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Rainforest Dawn by AndyMumford Rainforest Dawn by AndyMumford
I've been meaning to re-edit this shot for ages...finally got around to it. Adjusted the white balance to make the mist more natural (it was overly brown before) and better sharpness.
Also re-edited "Amazonia" "1000 Words" and "Malambar"


The Photo

This is another photo taken during my trip to the Amazon. Taken from the same location as [link] but on the following day.

It often rained heavily during the night, and just before dawn, as the temperate rose, the water would start to evaporate, creating this beautiful mist above the river.

As the dawn progressed the mist would reveal and then hide the far bank, isolating lone trees that projected through the surface of the water.
The sky would change colours, and eventually the sun would appear, burning away the mist in a matter of seconds...

I'm never sure about submitting shots like this here, as it doesn't have any drama or impact, but it's a shot that I like a lot, so hopefully a few other people will enjoy it too.

Technique

This was a relatively easy shot to meter for as there's very little contrast range in the image. There's no need to filter highlights or worry about losing shadow detail as all of the image is within a couple of stops range of brightness.

I used the cameras matrix meter to give me an exposure reading, and then reduced the exposure by one stop, as the Nikon D80 has a tendency to overexpose a little, and I didn't want to risk burning highlights across the top. The sun was about to come over the horizon, and it was getting brighter there.

In terms of composition, more and more nowadays I find myself using a telephoto lens instead of a wide angle, to try and isolate elements in the landscape, trying to create more simple abstract images.

With this shot, the mist was concealing the far bank, which gave me a great screen against which I could isolate the lone tree in the water. Without the mist, the tree would have blended in with the far bank, and there would have been no shot.
I wanted something to balance against the tree though, and luckily the mist was rising just enough to the right of the tree to reveal the far bank there.

I needed to use a tripod for this shot as it was taken at 100mm, in relatively low light levels, requiring a shutter speed of 1/8. At that focal length, anything below 1/100s would have been liable to camera shake.

Post Processing

This image is pretty much exactly as it came out of the camera on a RAW file. In Aperture I've cropped the top and left a little, as there was too much redundant space there.
Then I tweaked contrast a tiny amount, and increased the colour temperature by around 500k.

Finally the image was resized and sharpened, before I added a title in PS

Metadata

Taken on Rio Juma, The Amazon, Brazil
Nikon D80 | Nikkor 18-200mm VR | Nikon Cable release
Manfrotto 190XProB w/ 322RC2 ballhead
1/8 | f16 | 105mm

Workflow in Apple Aperture. Title in PS
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:iconwenxie:
Wenxie Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot. The reflection of the tree in the water is lovely.
I adore your explanations of the shot!
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:iconcatspride:
Catspride Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Stunning. Beautiful .
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Serena-Hartmouth Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Lovely!!! I love how all you see is this one little tree and then you realize the immensity of the forest behind it!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Thanks so much
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BleedingMascara987 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
This is beautiful! My eye is drawn directy to the mist, which leads me to this dead tree(if that's what is is?). A very nece shot. :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thanks so much (and yes, it is a dead tree) :-)
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BleedingMascara987 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thought so. :) And You're welcome!
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A breath-taking masterpiece.
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Thanks so much
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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edelweiss26 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
I like this picture very much!! :hug:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Thankyou
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:iconedelweiss26:
edelweiss26 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
You are welcome! :)
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KeroOx Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
I love the atmosphere on this shot ! :)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thanks so much
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Rnomad Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
TY for sharing, the history and creation of this image. very cool.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thanks so much - glad you like it
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Mr-Heli Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Nice composition, interesting atmosphere. :) Love the mist.
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oguzaliacar Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Andy you show us wonderful places with your unique eye.. I also really appreciate your explanantions and sharings about the way you take the photo.
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Thanks so much
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cg-sinope Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
:clap:
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relhom Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:
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du-la Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Featured [link]
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Fullness Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
It's probably ma favorit shot. Ever.
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Thanks so much
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Maciej-Koniuszy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010   Photographer
:+fav:
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vonGynz-Guethle Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010   Photographer
Hmm if I recall, the original had a more abstract, blurred feel? Less detail in the mist and the background forest? Based on your comment that sounds about right.

I really liked the original, so I don't know how I feel about this one. I would need to see them both side by side to decide which I like better.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
The original is browner (you can see it if you click on the "Buy Print" button because I haven't changed the print version yet)...but the mist was pretty much the same. The sharpness issue has to do with this being taken from a floating platform which moved a little during exposure, so the main tree isn't that sharp when seen blown up. I've added more sharpening to that tree specifically, but the far bank is pretty much exactly the same as the early version...just a little less brown.
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kiki-lee7122 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student Writer
Awesome
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Cheers
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kiki-lee7122 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student Writer
:)
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Andy.. Your artwork is wonderful!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Thankyou :-)
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
:highfive:
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
looked great and looks great :)

awesome pic :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
:-)
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damako Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
A fantastic shot. :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Thanks
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damako Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome. :)
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JCapela Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
fantástico :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Obrigado
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vforvittoria Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
you're ".. never sure about submitting shots like this here,.... so hopefully a few other people will enjoy it too." I don't know about all the deviant world, but I like it very very much .... this pic is really great ... the light, the fog, the light colours ... uaouaouao !!!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Thanks so much :-)
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:iconquallart:
quallArt Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
excellent work :)
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TfaseeL Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful :aww:
:+fav:
:rose:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Thankyou :-)
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
A drowning tree, it's branches are like its arms reaching up for air as it goes under. :D
Great atmosphere captured.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Cheers Phil, glad you like it. This has long been one of my favourites :-)
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p1ckl3 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Reminds me of "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring" movie. Beautiful.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Thanks :-)
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