This was in fact my first photographic trip to Phoenix Park, but it definitely won’t be the last. For those of you that may not know the Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed urban park in Europe and the home of our president, oh and also our Zoo.
While driving to the spot for this shot I was forced to stop the car as about 7 deer crossed the road. It was a very uplifting sight at 7am.
For this sunrise shot I borrowed a trick from my good friend Brian and placed the tree between the camera and the sun which really helps to reduce a pretty massive dynamic range. I decided against a ND Grad here as the cutoff would have been quite obvious across the trees. Instead I shot at a full stop over and under exposed and then used Photoshop to blend the sky (-1EV) and ground (+1EV) exposures using a mask. To some extent it breaks the compositional rules of 3rds in that the ground and sky are a 50/50 split but I feel it works well.
What do you think?