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Sony A7R II
Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

Examples: Dana Lakes and Glacier Canyon

This page shows a variety of examples in the Dana Lakes / Glacier Canyon area of the Eastern Sierra Nevada of California. The images are arranged mostly in chronological order, thus the series covers the course of the day from mid-day until after sunset.

When I hike up 2000 vertical feet over boulder fields and steep moraines, I shoot whatever the light is—there is no redo without a lot of sweat, and the hike down is no picnic. This series transitions from sun and puffy clouds to dark clouds threatening rain.

Many of the images used contrast control to tame bright sky or dark shadow areas. I have found the Sony A7R II raw files to be fairly marginal and 'brittle' for such adjustments, to the extent that it degrades the snap of the image by noise and digital-looking artifacts on high contrast edges.

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Skittish trout
f9 @ 1/250 sec, ISO 100; 2017-08-16 12:34:45
Sony A7R II + Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G @ 12mm

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