Thanksgiving Sunrise on Snowpond

Sunrise has been too good to pass up on over this Thanksgiving Holiday.  This was shot just before 7 am on Thanksgiving morning.  We never get tired of watching the sun start at the very tips of the trees and spread that beautiful golden light down and across the morning view.  Today it had Mt. Wachusett just as golden as the tree tops, making it worth standing on the dock with the temperature only in the mid twenties.

During the summer the neighbors are all but completely hidden in the foliage, but at this time of  year a couple of the homes show up pretty well.  I don’t mind seeing them in the image at all and think that they add some scale to the photograph. 

The image is another composite, this time merging both HDR and Panorama into the mix.  There are 4 sets of images stitched in Panorama Maker and each set is comprised of 7 exposures blended in Photomatix.  The resulting HDR Panorama is what we’ve got here this morning.  So, a total of 28 images all stacked and stitched to make this one morning sunrise.  May be a bit of overkill, but it was kind of fun to try and it ends up with a far better interpretation of what I saw than any single image could.    

Images taken vertically with Nikon D300, 17-55mm DX Nikon lens @ 24 mm, mounted on a Gitzo 1325 tripod with Really Right Stuff ball head.  Exposures at ISO 200, f5.6 and bracketed in 1 stop increments from -3 to +3 of the matrix meter measurement.

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