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Light @ Yuan Yang #32

Camera: Sigma SD14
Lens: Sigma EX17-70
Medium: Digital
Aperture: F8
Shutter: 1/125s
ISO: 50
Light: Natural Light
Location: Yuan Yang, China
Date: 27 December 2007
Time: 8:05am
This shot was taken in Duo Yi Shu. There is a small road leading to this almost hidden spot. However, most of my tour mates were shooting at another location further down. After setting up my 4x5 camera, while waiting for the light, I couldn't help but watch and check my tour mates out. Their spot offered a totally different view, which was really fantastic, I couldn't afford to miss anything, thus I ran back to my location and grabbed my SD14, then ran back to create as many compositions as I could.

I was so totally engrossed, I almost forgot about the 4x5 camera.

Then I spotted the rays of the sun penetrating the clouds with such drama.

I ran back to my original spot. While grasping for breath, I took down the 4x5 and setup the SD14. I figured the 17-70 would be just perfect for such a composition. However, I had to be careful not to include the bushes as well as the trees at the left edge of the frame.  I metered the gray areas of the clouds and bracketed. F8 to F16 which would be just fine to achieve enough depth of field. Realizing the sun's rays would only last for a fraction of time; I composed and fired as many shots as I possibly could.

My judgment and reflexes paid off. The entire scene lasted for less than 3 minutes.

With the reflections on the fields complimenting the sun's rays, the golden colors contrasting with the bluish sky, the marching fog and the silhouetted mountain, I just couldn't ask for more. The running was definitely worth it.

Hope you have enjoyed the photo as much as I had taking it.

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