From time to time I repost from my archives. This is a reposting of a photo and the related story originally published in September 2006.
Early in the morning of a chill day in February, Julian and I found ourselves along Route 49 just south of Jamestown, California in the western foothills of the Sierra. Later in the day, we would encounter a blizzard in the mountains, but that was still in the future. For now, all I knew was that the clearing morning fog looked like it should make for great atmospheric photos.
I was disappointed to find that the photos of the lifting morning clouds didn’t live up to my hopes because they lacked contrast and color. This one was salvaged using multiple layers, each of which consisted of a different RAW exposure. There are three layers involved, one for the foreground, one for the middle areas (the trees and some hills), and one for the fog and clouds (and hills in the distance).