Years ago, I bought a book called Remains of Elmet. It was a book of poetry by Ted Hughes accompanied by black and white landscape photographs by Fay Godwin. One of the poems was called Open to Huge Light: it seemed a fitting title for this shot.

As for the technical stuff: it's an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image constructed from three 'exposures' of a single RAW file - the original, which was exposed for the highlight detail in the clouds, another one at 1.2 stops over, and a final one at 2.4 stops over. The biggest problem with this image was noise, but after running the tone-mapped image through Noise Ninja I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

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cropped?
4.36pm on 2/5/06
Canon 20D
EF 70-200 f/4L USM
70mm (112mm equiv.)
f/5.6
1/1250
aperture priority
-2/3
evaluative
100
no
RAW
C1 Pro
very minor rotation
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