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The Divide by Bakisto The Divide by Bakisto
Taken in the German Countryside

Went out with the intention on breaking some photography composition rules to see what I could come up with.

Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised :)

Technique:
2 Photos blended, 1 exposed for sky, 1 for foreground. Both developed separately then carefully blended together. This effect is possible with an ND grad, but I feel like I have more control over the exposure this way. I enjoy doing this technique because you can wait for the lighting to hit the foreground just right, and then wait for the sky's clouds to move into perfect position. To do this however you need a very sturdy tripod so no movement occurs when you refocus/re-expose the image.

Taken with a Nikon D600, 14-24mm F2.8

Since I lose the metadata in the process I'll post it here:
Sky exposure shutter speed 1/250th seconds f/16
Land exposure shutter speed 1/25th seconds f/11
ISO Speed: 100

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waqas2110 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Amazing shot....It is so close to what I am writing these days. Could I request this shot to be used as my coming book title? 

Thanks
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Bakisto Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You can message me and we can talk about it if you'd like. :D
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Lady-Anuy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible shot !
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Monkeyboy41 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you know of a tutorial on the blending technique that you use. I am interested in trying this out, but don't know where to start.

Thanks,
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Bakisto Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry I don't have an exact article I can point you towards. I've developed my own technique from books i've read. It's quite simple and just involves stacking layers (multiple photos) on top of each other in photoshop and deciding which parts of each photo are exposed the best.

Hope this makes a little sense!
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Monkeyboy41 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That helps, those books you said you had read, do you happen to remember the titles? I've looked all over the place and I'm kinda stumped. Most books are how to use photoshop, but not how to adjust photos from a photographers stand point if that makes sense.
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Bakisto Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
A Book that covers a lot of landscape photography aspects is 'The Landscape photography workshop' by Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer.

It covers almost every aspect of landscape photography briefly and also has 2 sections about blending in photoshop, and briefly goes over exposure fusion which is quite similar to the way I do it.

A great read even if you already know the basics of photography i'm sure you can learn something from it as well! I even use the ETTR method outlined in the book as well.

heres a link to it on amazon: [link]
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Monkeyboy41 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, i will give it a read.
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Bakisto Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem :D
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arnaudperret Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It is a really interesting shot shot, both for the subject that you chose and for the technical aspect. You did a great job with the blending!
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