Explanation on How I did this Shot?

April 21, 2017  •  1 Comment

13a 28 03a 3158813a 28 03a 31588Sandhill cranes roosting below the stars, Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico  

I've received a number of questions on this photo at art shows, asking how did I get this image?  Here is a quick explanation.  To start  no PhotoShop was performed on this image.  It is the real thing.  I was photographing after dusk during the Festival of the Cranes.  The cars were pouring out of the park, and to my astonishment they lit the cranes as they past.  The cranes were not disturbed in any way.  I usually shoot on Tungsten to get that rich blue color as a starting point.  The exposure was 30 seconds at f4.5 with a Canon 24mm f1.4 lens. In Lightroom, I added 19 points of Vibrance and some Clarity.  No Saturation or changes to color blue were added. Sharpening was normal, and some Noise reduction was used.   This truly was a once of a lifetime image, and available in print in the North American Cranes "Fine Art" Section.


Jack Shipley(non-registered)
Great happenstance and skill in taking advantage of the moment. I love reading a backstory like this and not just the typical datasheet on the exposure. Thank you.
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