The above is an image from an overnight trip to San Juan Island. I wanted to capture the sunset and night moods in a single photograph. For those who are interested, here’s how I “made” this photograph.
1. At ISO 80, I took 5 bracketed exposures (-4, -2, 0, +2, +4) about 20 minutes after sunset to capture the warm glow in the sky and detail in the foreground rocks afforded by the the ambient light.
2. From the same spot, I took a single, 30-second exposure several hours after sunset at ISO 6400 to capture the stars.
3. In photoshop, I combined the 5 bracketed images to obtain proper detail in the foreground and sunset sky.
4. For the last step, I placed the image with starts as a separate layer on top and used blending mode “Lighten”. This allowed the bright stars to “show through” while leaving the sunset colors intact.
While on the island, I also came across a few foxes. Below are a couple of snaps of them. I hope you enjoy the shots!