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The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography by Glenn Randall

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FIGURE 7-1 Wilson Peak and Gladstone Peak at sunrise from the summit of Mt. Wilson, San Miguel Mountains, Lizard Head Wilderness, Colorado

7 Digital Capture and Processing of High-Contrast Scenes

Many of the most dramatic landscape photographs are taken in high-contrast light, with sunrise or sunset light stabbing through the clouds and spotlighting a distant peak or sandstone tower, leaving the equally important foreground in deep shadow. Capturing a full range of tones in such high-contrast situations and reproducing them in a way our visual system considers natural has challenged landscape photographers ever since photography was invented nearly ...

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