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Old Apr 1, 2006, 1:46 AM   #1
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I drove by this field of grass in the middle of nowhere while going to a software conference. I came back during the weekend armed with my camera and allergy pills. The lighting on Mission Peak wasn't perfect, it's harsh and had no shadow to show depth, but the harsh light really brightened the yellow field.

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Old Apr 1, 2006, 6:03 PM   #2
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I see what caught your eye and what you were after. The harshlight makes it hard doesn't it? Aside from that.....all it needs isseveral hundred million$$$ worth of buildings and houses out of the scene......:-):-)



I have got to give that autostitch a try,looks like it does a great job!
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Old Apr 2, 2006, 1:27 AM   #3
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Yeah, the light was a problem on the hills. I didn't get the chance to go back there later that day. It's also been raining almost daily here, so I haven't had the chance to go back there.

Here are a couple of shots where I crouched down with my monopad to get rid of the office buildings:





Across the street was a RC track and airfield, I went there as well and got a couple of shots:








Finally, I drove up the hills, towards Fremont's suburban sprawl, and got a partial shot of the Bay Area. The shot is facing west towards the peninsula. To the left of picture, lost in the haze, is Silicon Valley.

In this picture, you can actually see the bright yellow field where I took the pictures above. The grass near-by didn't look too good, I suspected the harsh light at first, but I later read something about hyperfocal distance, and that could be it. I'm new to SLR world so it's a learning process, but I'm having fun with this new camera!





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Hi rey,

I like your photos, particularly these 2 panoramas you shared with us here (interesting contrast of persepctive). It would be interesting to see what a panorama looks like the way you crouched down to get rid of the buildings). I prefer the 1st one of these 2 "crouched down to block the buildings" photos.

Thanks for sharing. I don't find the harsh light too bad, maybe a softer light would look better, true, but still I like the contrast of yellow, green, blue, very striking! You use your camera well!

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I like the second shot you posted. Nice use of foreground, middleground and background.
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It's nice to see local photos posted here. I like the panos. That's one technique I haven't explored.
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