The wildfires in surrounding areas have blanketed my city in a dense, thick smog. It was so thick this morning on my way to work I could not see the sun at all, though there were no clouds in the sky.
Shortly after I arrived at work, the sun barely started to peek through the smoke, and I couldn’t resist grabbing a few shots. I took 5 different exposures and combined them into the final image using some HDR software. I’ve dabbled in HDR shooting in the past, but this is the first result I’m mostly happy with.
Shot with a Canon 60D and a Canon 55-250 lens at 250mm.
First, the final image:
Here are the originals:
That’s awesome! I can actually make out details, several sunspots, one big one lower left, and major surface texture! (Smoke must be acting as an ad hoc filter?) Did you use a tripod?
Hey Bill – Thanks! The smoke was definitely acting as a filter – that’s one of the reasons I took the time to run outside and shoot this… having that much smoke in the air is usually pretty rare around here. For these shots, I did not use a tripod – completely handheld.