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The Salutation of the Dawn

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“Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn! Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the Verities and Realities of your Existence. The Bliss of Growth, The Glory of Action, The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And To-morrow is only a Vision; But To-day well lived makes Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well therefore to this Day! Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!”

Kalidasa (Indian sanskrit poet in the 5th century A.D.)



Mists shrouding the plains below Blakemore Ridge, with the tower of St Mary's Church at Dartington bathed in the first light of a winter’s morning.

The sun had just risen over Blakemore ridge and for a few moments bathed some of the tree canopies with golden light and added a hint of gentle warmth to the mists.


Technical info:

Pentax K-X
Sigma 55-200mm DC lens

Manfrotto 190XProB tripod
Manfrotto 498RC2 panoramic ball-head

Cromatek circular polarizer

Aperture = f/22
Exposure durations = 1/30, 0.25, 0.5, 0.7 and 1.5 seconds
Focal length = 200mm
ISO = 200
(Manual mode & Spot-metering pattern)

HDR from 5 RAW files (manual bracketing) – using Photomatix Pro 3.27

Finished in Lightroom 3.6 and Photoshop 6.0

Camera:Pentax K-x Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Sigma 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Jan 2013 - 9:38 AM
Title:The Salutation of the Dawn
Username:philhemsley philhemsley
Uploaded:17 Jan 2013 - 12:36 AM
Tags:Blakemore, Bucolic, Dartington, Devon, Golden hour, Landscape / travel, Morning, Phil hemsley, Rural, South hams, St mary's church, Winter
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debu
debu  4 India
17 Jan 2013 - 12:37 AM

A nice scene.
debu

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philhemsley
philhemsley e2 Member 4philhemsley vcard United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 - 12:40 AM

Thanks Debu - a fine way to start a daySmile

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
17 Jan 2013 - 3:55 AM

What an excellent photo this is !! Very well taken !

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pilgrim57
pilgrim57  1 United States
18 Nov 2013 - 3:01 PM

Superb. This is what dreams are made of - Exposure is bang on.

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