The blog image today is from a quick stop we made in Ireland. We had walked up a hill to capture a specific grand scenic shot that never happened. On the way back to the bus, I looked in this direction. I was facing the wrong way looking directly towards the sun. My logic said, why shoot this? I love the clouds and the rainbow of color in the top right, BUT, I know it will be a difficult exposure. Lots of contrast! Being referred to as SkyMan and being drawn to the sky, I took some shots anyway. What I learned was, my new D3x has crazy good dynamic range! This image is from one exposure. Sure it needed a lot of local adjustments courtesy of Nik’s Viveza 2 but am I glad I let my emotions overrule the logic! The image below is what came out of the RAW converter for comparison sake. Yes, Nik’s Viveza is GREAT! Of course if you click on the highlighted link and use the code JBARCLAY you’ll receive a 15% discount on any of their award winning software.