Allow me to share a complete rookie move. I spent the night in the Shasta Valley recently to photograph the lupine and the mountain. I went out at 4:30 am. It was crisp and quiet. The lupine were thick and the mountain was glowing in the early twilight. Perfection. But when I got home I found out that I had accidentally shot everything in jpeg mode! I switched the camera to jpeg for my son's soccer game a couple weekends ago and forgot to change back. I used to make that mistake a lot but haven't done it for several years now.Fortunately my exposures were good enough and the in-camera white balance, contrast and saturation were usable. I was able to salvage this image because it didn't require pushing the adjustments too far. Jpegs don't like it when you get aggressive with them. I often make big adjustments to color and exposure with raw files because they can handle it. Hopefully I won't pull that move again any time soon.I blended three exposures for dynamic range and depth of field and also overlayed a star exposure that I took when it was darker.

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