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06-29-2010, 12:11 AM
Hi all! I am about to go on a trip to Colorado, and plan to spend a couple days just shooting pictures in the Rockys. I haven't done much photography in the mountains, and was wondering if some of the more landscape oriented photogs here had any advice. I have a light weight alloy tripod and just bought a Manfrotto 3D head for it, so I should be able to shoot panoramas and HDR without issues. I have heard a couple people say that you need to me more conscious of IR and UV at higher altitudes, and a couple of landscape shooters say to use mirror lock up. Does anyone have anything they wish they had known before their first time shooting mountains? Thanks!
06-29-2010, 08:58 AM
That should be a fun trip! I wish I could go!
I have only really used mirror lockup for single, long nighttime exposures. For HDR, you will probably be using the auto bracket feature which will bang out three shots back to back (negating the use of mirror lockup).
As far as color temperature goes and IR - I have never had a problem at altitude. If you use a standard daylight balanced setting, your images should look bluer - but it isn't a big deal. If fact it can make your images look richer. I recommend shooting in raw so that you can fine tune color temp. when you return.
06-30-2010, 09:49 PM
The only other thing that I could possibly think of using would be a circular polarizing filter where you can "dial in" the amount of polarizing that the filter gives. What this does is take out reflections from things such as glass and water so you can see into them clearer. What it also (theoretically) does is remove some of the reflection of water particles in the air giving you those deep blue skies and makes your image seem to "pop". I've started using one on some of my landscapes and the difference between using a cir-polarizer and not is like night and day. I would give one of those a go as well.
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