dusky morning - Richard Sintchak

Selected for the Hall of Fame on 2002/Nov/11

Camera:   Contax G2
Lens:   90 Sonnar, Tiffen 81A filter
Film:   Fuji Astia (RAP)
Posted:   15-Jul-2002

Rating: 9.31 (48 ratings)



Rich, this is extra ! marvellous ! The only thing I would ask is larger version of this image and I might try a different frame such as black or white. This frame confuses me a bit. Still Well Done !

Jan Brouckaert     15-Jul-2002 at 12:53

Seeing this

...I am struck dumb! For me only a word: T E N !

Specolino     15-Jul-2002 at 12:53


you did a painting. Very well done Rich. The foreground is just exiting with all the different green tones.

Knut Skjærven     15-Jul-2002 at 12:54


yep Francesco, I doubted but give a nine because of the frame, so ..... this could be my first 10 Rich.

Jan Brouckaert     15-Jul-2002 at 13:05

I agree!

Frame color is awful. Looked better in PS than here. I have re-done the frame in black and uploaded an 800 pixel version now as well. Click to see full-size.

Richard Sintchak     15-Jul-2002 at 13:08

Here he goes.

My first 10. Congratulations. Can you tell how early in the day you shot this image, so I, lazy bastard, have now a good reason to wake up at dawn ? Jan

Jan Brouckaert     15-Jul-2002 at 13:18


tell me how you did this? Are there much post-production here? What shutter speed, if you remember?

Knut Skjærven     15-Jul-2002 at 13:22


I awoke that morning specifically to catch the pre-dawn light. And although this was close to where I lived at the time I had a large hill to climb to get up there so I think I rolled out of bed about 4:45 am or so. When I first got up there it seemed there were few clouds where the sun would rise, and also a weird haze in the sky so I had small hope of good sunrise shot of the sunrise itself. But just before the sun rose I looked to the south and saw this nice warm quality to the light and that the brightness was enough to give a nice, subtle light to the trees. I do not often pre-visualize so accurately but this one really did come out as I hoped.

Just as a point of interest this shot was taken about 10-15 minutes before this shot: Sunrise and lupines over rush hour - http://www.contaxg.com/document.php?id=4485. Shooting those lupines was my main reason for getting up and shooting that morning.

Richard Sintchak     15-Jul-2002 at 13:30


little post production work. The digital image is extremely accurate to the slide. The 81A (slight warming filter) gave the slide an extra quality to make the warm colors just perfect I think. PS work was only levels and some slight curves to correct the contrast, and then a small bit of Saturation to compensate for the color loss after I converted from Adobe RGB to sRGB for upload. I cannot remember exactly but I think the exposure was something like 1/8 at f/5,6. Of course on a sturdy tripod (Gitzo 224 for Arca Swiss ballhead). Cool thing is as I thought I had something good I fired off three identical slides for possible stock sales later (I hope).

Richard Sintchak     15-Jul-2002 at 13:46


The lighting is exquisite here. As you said, Rich, a photographer does not often capture what he or she sees, but this photograph is marvelous. Did you braket the exposure or trust the G2 meter? What did you meter on? - Brad

Bradley Schwartz     15-Jul-2002 at 13:57


thanks. Well, anyway an amazing shot. How come you held this one back till now? This is shot April 29.

Knut Skjærven     15-Jul-2002 at 14:00

metering, and "holding back"

Bradley, usually when I meter a horizon scene like this I will see what the meter tells me for the sky (by pointing up) and the foreground (by pointing down). I then decide which is more important for the scene and how I want that portrayed (medium grey"? bright sky highlights? detail in foreground shadows? etc.) and set the exposure, or lock it, accordingly. However for this one the way I composed the shot the center-weighted metering was not influenced too much by either the brighter sky or the darker forground but was mostly filled with the medium toned hazy layers of hills. I felt this was close enough to medium grey and "trusted" the meter.

Knut, no holding back on purpose. This roll I had had developed and return un-cut. As I mentioned my primary purpose of this photography foray was to shoot the lupines. Most of the lupine shots were a disappointment and although I remembering seeing this shot and liking it I guess I forgot it since I believe I had over 7 rolls returned at the time and had all of them out on the light table. Yesterday I was re-visiting some older slide pages looking for a particular slide and came across this one and I wondered how I missed it the first time.

Richard Sintchak     15-Jul-2002 at 14:30


Nice job Richard. The diminishing visibility really adds a sense of distance. The warm quality worked so well.

MARK MILLEN     15-Jul-2002 at 15:02

It is so painterly...

in the range of colors. Everyone has said it all. It's beautiful.

Jean Lee     15-Jul-2002 at 18:29

I forgot to add...

...it makes me really homesick for No. California. (My home of 8 years.)

Jean Lee     15-Jul-2002 at 18:30

A terrific

... image, but it seems I'm going to spoil the show, by rating it 'only' 8. The foreground makes the image for me. The lower mountains to the right disappearing in different shades are also wonderful. But IMO the higher mountain to the left is less interesting - yet it is more dominant. And perhaps it's a personal thing, but I always have the feeling that brownish warming filters give a somewhat artificial effect. To me it's more like sunlight shining through a sand storm then sunrise shining through clouds made of water droplets. I wonder what it would have looked like without the filter. If you shot more identical slides anyway, perhaps you could have tried one without filter ... ? I know, all of this sounds like 'harsh words' after so much praise ... I'm sorry for that :-)

Wilfred van der Vegte     15-Jul-2002 at 23:48

Ethereal. . .

Richard, the foreground and background elements are balanced; the warmth of the morning sky--is pleasing, and the white rim light of the clouds are well rendered.
The ethereal quality of this image is magical.

Jerome Belthrop     16-Jul-2002 at 00:14


Just beautiful. And, not for the first time, a great demonstration of the value of the 90 as a landscape lens.

Steve McBride     16-Jul-2002 at 01:46


What a treat to open up the browser and see something as breath-taking as this image! Everyone has already said it all so I'll just say thanks for sharing this jewel and all the details of how it was created.

Victoria Crawford     16-Jul-2002 at 05:48


As Steve mentioned, the wonder of this is the perspective created by the S90. Certainly a painterly effect and the warm-up filter nicely compliments the image.

Charez Golvala     16-Jul-2002 at 07:12

Am I nuts...Is this a photo?

Sorry, Rich...I had to throw that in there :-) This is one of the most superb photos I have seen on this site. Thanks for sharing it and the details. I always hate when someone shows off a superb sunrise shot because I am NOT a morning person.

Jim Restle     16-Jul-2002 at 08:57

Yes yes

A beautiful shot. Great depth, great perspective and a great idea to use a tripod...

Vish Vishvanath     17-Jul-2002 at 02:43


You have done it again! Great photo!

Vahid Naziri     17-Jul-2002 at 07:37


Cool image. If I look at it long enough, the sky/clouds begin to merge with the hills/trees.

Thomas Munch     17-Jul-2002 at 13:48


Rich, I'm ringing in a bit late here, and I can't say much more than what's already been said... but this is a wonderful image. It reminds me a lot of a master landscape oil painting. I'd be proud to have a large framed print of this on my wall. Congratulations!

Karl Winkler     17-Jul-2002 at 16:52

it'll be a cold day in hell

if I gave out a ten anywhere. God, its freeZing in here. Well done Richard, fabulously balanced, layered, detailed and colored photo. ed

Ed Ng     17-Jul-2002 at 21:37

dusky morning

absolutely beautiful Richard!

Thomas Bardsley     18-Jul-2002 at 11:53


It IS painterly, and it's highly poetic too. Richard, you encapsulate your emotions in the pictures you take.

Raef Al Attar     20-Jul-2002 at 15:01


Hey I'm frickin'w weepy! Reminds me somehow of Shenandoah.. Great job!

Samuel Halcomb     07-Jan-2005 at 19:22

Utterly impressive....

....I'd say still one of the finest pictures that grace this amazing site. It looks like something Turner would have painted. Fantastic.

Richard Klemmer     18-Feb-2006 at 05:46

Dusky AM

If I were to teach a class, I would use this image as a prime example of aerial perspective and its influence on mood and apparent depth. The ancient oriental masters knew this principle well and employed it often.

Robert E. Andrews     22-Jun-2006 at 10:45