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This was the killer sunrise from this past Saturday morning. I was camping in my van and barely got any sleep because the wind was blowing hard enough to shake the whole van and the howling sound it created was to say the least a little eerie. The first thought in my mind was I’m glad I wasn’t in a tent for that night. When I got to this point at 5 am, you could see the clouds moving fast towards the Shenandoah skyline in the East and in several instance the wind would give me a sudden push forward. A scary thought of being blown off the top. But I thought these conditions might be setting up nicely for an awesome sunrise and it didn’t disappoint. These are the sunrises we hope to get every time but it’s a rare event to have it come together so nicely.

This is not HDR. No saturation was added. I took 7-bracketed shots and hand blended the RAW images together in Photoshop using only levels to bring out the color and details. Zack Schnepf Photography has a great tutorial for sale that teaches you this kind of post processing but be forewarn, it’s not for the faint of hearts. For Photoshop beginners, I would highly recommend Joe Rossbach tutorials to create dynamic images.

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