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Arise by pestilence Arise by pestilence
Obliteration of mankind
Under a pale grey sky
We shall arise...

Changes come in your life, and one of the most significant ones is to understand better your passions. Since the addition of the canon 5d in my backpack things changed dramatically, full frame beauty unbelievable dynamic range handling but also demanding, the 17-40L changed the perspective of the world -landscape composition is just lovely through a wide angle lens, something I had not the chance to experience with the D50 since I had no wide angle lenses- I spend 2 full afternoons shooting in a few spots I discovered recently enjoying every single minute of my camera and understanding its quirks and my mistakes, exposures, metering WB adjustment and GND selections are becoming clearer in my mind. I knew I was often mistaken thinking lots of my images where lacking something or where not correctly exposed, I managed this 2 days to fully understand how the light meter of the camera can often fool you and take the wrong road, so I just sat there and shot till I had a headache, different combinations different exposures till everything became more clear.
After I finished this little session and I reviewed my images I was really peaceful, I could see that something is changing in the way I perceive photography and how I look at the world now, I used to be static, not anymore! Movement all the time and finding different spots and compositions, this did reveal to me another magical world, the world of nature photography as it should be, chase the light, chase the moment, chase the spot. It was refreshing to see that my words of self criticism did actually have a meaning (to myself), at least to my own ambitions.
I named this one arise, mainly because I feel like that after 3 years in love with photography and after a few days of a nirvana states with my camera and because I always loved….Sepultura :D :D

Canon 5D | Canon 17-40L | Shutter: 25secs | Aperture: f/22 (it works awesome on the full frame…just try it…) | ISO 50 | Filters: Marumi Glass protection – Hitech 3stop hard edged GND | Focal Length: 17mm | Date / Time: 28/04/2009 – 7:40pm | Location: Palaio Faliro / Athens / Greece
Workflow: WB Adjustment through a Whibal card, saturation, curves adjustment all in C1 Pro and sharpening inside Photoshop.

Edit: Updated the file, used Tony Kuypers luminosity masks and his web sharpening technique (brings a bit more crispness in the image!).

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glumthegrim Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Thanks for your good work.
Wnison Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011   Photographer
Ming-Shuw Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful and peaceful. <3
kkeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Artist
Great work!
Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Great Waterscape :D
pestilence Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
EmiratesA380 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Saw this on *hougaard's page, but I don't think I ever opened it.

Went back to his page recently, and opened this.

I was amazed at what I found. Not so much in the picture, but in the story. It's really comforting and inspiring to know that successful photographers such as you have struggled as I have.

Thanks for sharing.

pestilence Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks for looking! :)
hougaard Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Awesome shot
pestilence Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
I am really glad it was able to "steel" your talented look at it! :)
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