X-Pro 2 / 23mm f1.4 – ISO 200, f8, (1/27s, 0.6s, 1/7s)
On my second night up in Mammoth there wasn’t much going on with the weather. It was clear blue skies everywhere except in this one direction looking out towards the Twin Lakes. Literally everywhere else was boring blue skies so this was my shot for the night.
In front of me here were the twin lakes with mosquitos buzzing thick in the air (I somehow did not get one bite), behind me was another lake, Lake Mammie. I got a few shots there later, but didn’t stay long because there was a black bear hanging out about thirty feet away from me and it was making me uncomfortable.
Behind The Shot
I shot this with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and the 23mm f1.4 lens (35mm equiv). I had to take several exposures since the dynamic range was more than any modern camera could handle.
It took me awhile to get this shoot looking right.
At first I used Photomatix but it kept looking too Harry Potter since I think it was enhancing too much color in the shadows and drawing too much attention to the foreground trees. So I ended up combining the three exposures manually in Photoshop. One for the sky, one for the foreground, and one for the lake.
I did a little bit of extra coloring and enhancements and landed here.