The water lily ponds and vast piece of open grassland made this a tranquil place, ideal for just sitting back and relax. The last time I came to this place was back in 2011 on an afternoon where I drove directly here. So I pretty much know what I would expect. However this time round, it was an late evening walk and I was rather surprised with new photography subjects that I can find.
Ponds with Water Lilies
Walking Bridge that Joins Lorong Halus Wetland Reserve to Riverside Walk
View of Sun Setting Behind Riverside Walk
I cannot help but pull up my tripod and setup my camera for bracket exposure with +/-2EV (i.e. Exposure Value). I further blend the differently exposed pictures using Photomatix software.
What is Exposure Bracketing?
So in order to have a surreal picture of both nicely exposed sky and foreground/landscape, exposure blending is required. Exposure blending is achieved by through bracket exposure in photography term i.e. taking 3 pictures - first picture at the exposure setting based on what you set, second and third picture at an exposure value higher and lower than the first picture respectively. You can access the exposure bracket setting through the menu on your DSLR.
WIth the same picture taken in 3 different exposure, you will need to blend it together using software such as Photoshop or Photomatix (which I'm using).
- Be careful not to fall into the pond with your camera when photographing dragonflies or water lilies. Always what where you step, especially along the slope into the pond.
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