Photographer's Note

We were up in Napa Valley overnight with some friends, and early this morning (like, before dawn) I went out to see what I could find. There were a lot of clouds and ground fog, so there wasn't much light at sunrise, but just as I ready to give up and go back, the sun broke through and backlit the mist here.

In the foreground are yellow mustard flowers, which right now are blooming all over the valley - which is why the Napa Valley Mustard Festival runs from January through March. The tree is (I believe) a live oak, and the ever-present grape vines are beyond the fence on the right.

This has proven a very difficult image to prepare for the web. It's one of those that looks very different in PS and through the browser (don't ask me why; these things happen). Trying to get the right combination of brightness, shadow and color hasn't been easy. I've raised brightness and contrast as much as I dared without washing out the scene.

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Additional Photos by Daniel Kohanski (Wandering_Dan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 930 W: 150 N: 1023] (3449)
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