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After getting the giant panorama I shot at the Mickleden valley, just as the light was getting good, Lisabet and I decided to hike back to our starting point, going through the main Great Langdale valley. The light had been pretty flat all day with clouds looking like those you get when snow is due: monochrome and flat. But we started to get some golden light at Mickleden as the clouds started to break up a little… by the time we reached near the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, I noticed pink hues were starting to appear behind the mountains. I promptly set up my tripod alongside this river, being careful not to cut myself or ding the camera on the barbed-wire fence.
As the seconds moved on, the light got more and more intense, as did my excitement! It ended up being one of the most spectacular light shows we’ve ever witnessed, I couldn’t believe how intense the light was getting, long after sundown! =)
Nikon D7000, Tokina 11–16mm ƒ/2.8 ultra-wide angle lens, ISO100, 16mm at ƒ/16. As I wasn’t shooting directly into the sun, a bracket of three exposures was enough to capture the light range but I did make sure to notch the Exposure Compensation down by -1EV in order to get all those glorious details in the sky. Luminance HDR was my friend again at extracting those wonderful details and textures in the stones and mountains, and I used Darktable’s new Masking Adjustments feature to produce a fine edited RAW that enabled me to get show the sky exactly how I experienced it. =)