Monsoon has come to a pause this week, but last Saturday, Shuwen and I went up to the Laguna Mountains again, to dive into this weather and its potential for drama one more time.
I guess some of you would not really have expected it anymore but, despite all the “throwbacks” and “cleaning out the vaults”, I actually do make new photos, still! Just last Sunday, Shuwen and I drove up to the Laguna Mountains together with our friend Tracy because the “monsoon forecast” sounded pretty good.
In my older post with the photos from a nice monsoon event in the Laguna Mountains I mentioned how thunderstorms often occur in the afternoon and most recently, the National Weather Service often had “a chance of thunderstorms after 11 AM” in the forecast for the area.
A recent Twitter conversation about the pros and cons of graduated neutral density filters (often just called GNDs) made me think about my own approach towards handling high-contrast scenes. I’m not using GNDs anymore, rarely did so in the past, and I prefer exposure blending on the computer, or even just using “software GNDs” in a single exposure. I find it far more flexible* and prefer to have “pure data” without the (unalterable) effects of the filter in my original/initial exposures.