Magic hours in the Himalaya

By Matthieu Ricard on December 18, 2009

This image was taken during late afternoon, in Nepal, this fall. To balance the sky and the earth, and restore why the human eye sees (but what the captor does not register because of the limitation of it's contrast range), I have used a graded neutral density filter of 3 stops (Singh Ray-Galen Rowell 3G).

To do so, it is best to set the exposure method in manual mode (to avoid the automatic exposure compensating the effect of the filter), measure the light on the foreground landscape and mask the sky with the filter.

(Canon Mark 3Ds, 24-70mm set at 27 mm, f. 8.0, 1/100sec, 160 ASA)