Sunrise over Arlington

Arlington VA,HDR,Sunrise 22 January 2010 | 2 Comments

Is this the start of a new day… or the end of a long night? When it comes to sunrises I’ve always had better luck staying up than getting up, and this was no exception. A Friday night out on the town continued into early Saturday morning playing Wii at a friend’s house, and by time I left the sky was already changing from black to a very dark blue. As I walked home things got steadily brighter until the sky became a fiery orange, and I managed to get up on the roof of our building just in time to see the sun breaking over the horizon.

Technical note: this is my first image here in HDR, and it’s a combination of three exposure at -2, 0, and +2 EV that was then tonemappped in Photomatix. Essentially what this means is that the best parts of each exposure have been combined so that the incredibly bright sun and the incredibly dark foreground are both visible in the same image. It’s a technique that I’m really excited about and will be using quite a bit in the future, so I hope you like it!

Next week: Aviation

2 Responses on “Sunrise over Arlington”

  1. Ben says:

    As a set, I’d be interested in seeing collected sunrises and sunsets. Even better if there are juxtaposed images from the same spot. Really dig the color saturation in this photo.

    • Reid says:

      Not a bad idea, I think I’ve got quite a few sunset pics from the same general viewpoint at the beach. Also I’d like to get a more sky-oriented sunrise pic at some point from the roof here (if clouds are present to make it look interesting).

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