Before I drove by the barn in Hadley yesterday, I was in Petersham for sunrise at Harvard Pond. The sky was clear of most clouds and just a few dotted the horizon although there were quite a few to the north. There was a nice spring chill in the air and a slight breeze, but all in all I had a nice quiet start to the day with just a relatively friendly beaver for company. Maybe it was even the same one who stopped by to say hello last fall.
Before that image, I was waiting for the sun to rise. There was no rich dawn glow in the clear sky, so the sun was to be the subject of the morning. I usually get a lot of flares when shooting into the sun, which is true of most sun photographs, and decided I would try the thumb trick to eliminate flaring…a procedure that requires two exposures…one for the scene and another with your thumb sticking down into the frame and blocking the sun thus eliminating the source of the flares. The two are then combined with the flares and thumb being masked out. It was my first effort and the main lesson I came away with was to not wear gloves. The backlighting sun highlights all the little fibers and made things worse rather than better. Maybe it would have been different with nylon gloves or leather, but I was wearing micro-fleece.
So instead of my first thumb combo, this is my first use of Nik’s Tone Compressor for single shots. There was minimal flaring in this earlier shot…the later captures with the sun higher in the sky made the flaring much worse and in several places where it just could not be corrected.
Today we are getting some needed rain after several warm lovely days. I am sure next weekend will produce the first flowers of spring here in the neighborhood…not counting the daffs and croci.