The main element about making of this picture was being in the right place at the right time. This was taken at Yellowstone National Park along the Madison River. I was there with my two sons and a nephew. We were staying in West Yellowstone and the night before was a late night. I woke up early and decided to drive into the park while the boys slept. I had the 55-300mm on the camera as I was looking for wildlife. I pulled over to this area and there was this fantastic mist coming off the river and a light fog above. It was bright enough as the sun was trying to burn through. I probably could have used a little wider lens, but there was no time to change it. I waited and got the fisherman in mid cast, took another shot, and within two minutes the fog and the mist were replaced with sunshine.
Equipment & Settings Used
- Camera: Pentax K20D (Hand held)
- Lens: DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED (at 55mm)
- Shutter Speed: 1/400
- Aperture: F14
- ISO: 200 (with expanded dynamic range)
- Shooting Mode: Av
- Metering: Multi Segment
- File Format: RAW
- Color Space: Adobe RGB
- White Balance 500K
I did lower the brightness a little. I also boosted the clarity, vibrance, and saturation a little. I also had a speck of dust on the sensor, so I had to clone stamp that spot out. Then I cropped the picture.
Here is the original photo (click to enlarge):
-ramseybuckeye, winner of PentaxForums.com photo contest #74