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Structurally/compositionally I really dig this view.

Lighting is awful. There is hopefully a better time

of day to shoot this .... unless you are facing almost

due south to shoot this, IOW it's the never-lit north

facing surfaces.


If it is the north-facing surfaces, judicious use of

HDR might pull it off, or a merger of layers, shot of

identical views [mark your exact spot, etc etc] shot

on both a cloudy-bright day and perhaps the type of

dark-side-on-a-sunny-day lighting you already show

us ... which would provide a good sky.


It's a real opportunity to use digital advantages to

get a great shot that just couldn't be had with film.


It would be verrrry advantageous if this is not a nearly

true south vantage point, so that either early or late

in the day there would be some skimming light on the

major surfaces that are presently seen as shadowed.


Acoarst, for all I know, you live 1500 miles away and

can't reasonably return to finish the job :-(




BTW, anyone tempted to do multiple image layering of

shots from different days, using a very wide lens as is

obviously seen here, needs to be aware that even if you

mark your return-to spot very exactly, you have to also

replicate your exact tripod height, and exact angular

view. The slightest difference will alter perspective

strongly enuf that your layers won't match up. Soooo ...


You need to know your exact spot and tripod height,

but ALSO to know your exact central aiming target. To

know that last bit, use your longest telephoto to make

a record shot of your bulls eye for aiming the lens axis.

Then when you set up again on a different day, or later

the same day, you again mount the tele, to match up

the central bulls eye spot before making the new shot

with the wide angle lens. The lens axis MUST target

the exact same detail in all shots, or else a wide lens

will render small perspective differences such that the

images will fail to superimpose on each other, detail

for detail. The devil IS in the details.

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