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Photographer's Note

I shared this vantage point with about 25 other photographers, all amateurs but all dedicated, and found myself getting increasing frustrated by my new lens' inability to focus in low light. I had to switch it to manual focus, which I wasn't familiar with on this lens. Not impressed. So if the image appears a little soft (and it does), that's the reason. That and the haze over the mountains.

That said, in every other respect I'm pretty proud of this shot. Taken from the Morton Overlook on the Newfound Gap Road, seconds before the sun slipped below the mountains. I saw lots of good places for sunset as I drove this road, but this one stood out from the get-go. It turned out to be a good choice.

I know I only listed the polarizer in the technical details, but in reality I used every grad I have: a 0.6 soft-edge, a 0.3 soft-edge, and a 0.6 hard-edge. That was the only way I could hold back the light of the sky. There was very little editing done here, other than some efforts at sharpening and increasing the contrast somewhat.

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