Above the Sky
by Mauricio Jose Reis
Camera: 5D MK III
Focal Length: 35mm
Shutter Speed: 1 sec
Location: Manteigas, Serra da Estrela, Portugal
It’s not easy to get up and go out of bed up early, but for those who like photographing landscapes have to get used to it.
That weekend was devoted entirely to photography. I, and three of my friends, left the house when it was still dark and very very cold. Kind of normal for the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain in Portugal.
With photographic equipment already in the car, we decided where we wanted to be when Mother Nature wakes up. As we went up it was impossible not to see the clouds cover the entire valley. We stopped the car and quickly set up the equipment. We had to work fast because these climatic conditions change at an incredible velocity.
The first rays of sun started to emerge. The camera is already on the tripod. The difference between the light of heaven and earth is already relatively large and requires me to use a gradient neutral density filter (ND Grad) with 3 stops (0.9). In the Live View I have a representation of what will be my final exposure. The amazing show Mother Nature offered us! Wow!
I take two or three shots just to make sure I capture the moment.
Pleased with the pictures I just took, I look at the view in front of me and just feel it, the landscape, without thinking about aperture, ISO, or other variables.
Just lucky to enjoy what many people are not.
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