Nebraska Dawn Lake


This peaceful lake was just off of a dirt road and I was fortunate to have discovered it. I had arrived in the area the previous evening, my hotel was roughly fifty miles north, and before going to bed I scoped out the region and took note of several spots that peaked my interest. The following morning I woke up well before dawn so I could be on location as the landscape became illuminated. The weather forecast called for dense fog and it proved to be accurate.

When I first saw this lake covered in fog I became worried; I feared becoming overwhelmed. I decided not to make any photographs until I had a clear vision of what I wanted; I continued driving down the dirt road. I waited for over an hour for my creativity to ignite and when I returned to this lake I immediately knew what I wanted. My plan was to juxtapose the lake reeds with the emptiness created by the fog.



To achieve the desired effect I selected my widest Hasselblad lens, the 24mm, and attached my HTS (tilt shift adapter) so I could shift the lens downward. I put my boots on, waded nearly knee deep into the lake and set up my tripod immediately in front of the reeds. Because the sky was too bright, I added a 0.90 ND Grad filter. I made several test exposures with the lens shifted downward by -9.4mm. My exposure was 8 seconds at f16.


I made this photograph using my digital Hasselblad camera.



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