Sometimes things just have a way of working out.
I was in the office today, grinding an extra afternoon on a project that’s been all-consuming this past week, and which I’m late getting assembled. But Sunday can be a good day to sneak into the office when you need to get work done and no one is expecting you to be there.
I did my grinding, very productive, and headed out the door as the sun was getting ready to set.
The sunset was nice on my daily drive across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway: beautiful but typical for this time of year. I thought about stopping to shoot it from one of the crossovers but decided against it. Then, something magical happened: the afterglow! It was fantastic once the sun was down, one of those rare days when, in spite of the midsummer humidity, there’s a clarity to the air which makes photography possible. I pulled over into the next crossover and got out a camera.
This image was shot in three exposures, vertical overlapping images, assembled in Photoshop using the Photomerge feature. I shot the three images with this in mind, wanting to get the additional detail from the larger combined file size I knew I could achieve with this approach. I used a Canon 50mm macro, my favorite lens, to create the assemblage.
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