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Posted by Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 20 January 2017 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

This scene caught my eye several years ago and I have tried many times since then to photograph it, but never had any resounding success. The problem is the light over the door is just too bright and because the house sits on a short, steep rise, there's no way for me to "hide" it behind anything when I shoot the scene from the sidewalk.

Fortunately, during the "supermoon" last year, the ambient light level was high enough that I could stop down the lens another two-thirds of a stop to prevent the highlights from blowing out, yet still be able to adequately capture and reveal details in the midtones and shadows ... success was finally mine! (Although, truth be told, I would have preferred to stop down the aperture just a teeny bit more, but that was not an option, and I refuse to engage in any HDR shenanigans, such as blending together elements of multiple versions of the same photo except they were exposed differently, because ... well, just because.)

A larger, higher-resolution version of this photo can be seen here: http://www.canyonero.com/files/1484878794.jpg