Thanks Heiko (and everyone!) As far as the blue skies, yes, for most shots I did use a polarizer (however, in that particular shot I don't believe that I did, as it was early morning and I didn't want to change the quality of the light.) I do quite a bit of post processing, generally..to me, that's an integral step and one that I truly enjoy as much as taking the shot! One thing I use a lot is D-lighting in Capture. That's the secret to the blue skies and great shadow detail. That function is just fantastic. I'm sure you can do the same adjustment with careful use of curves but D-lighting is a great time-saver/shortcut. I rarely use it at the default, though--that's usually way too pronounced an effect--I try to keep the values as low as possible to make sure the photo looks natural.heiko said:Hi Janet,
I'm also very curious on how you got the blue skies without loosing details in the shadows. Did you use a polarizer? From what I see in the EXIF data on the second picture, you used a 24-120mm Nikor G-type lens at focal length 35mm, f10 and 1/250 shutter speed, ISO 200 and WB sunny. It was edited in Nikon Capture 4.2.0. It looks like no post processing was done in PS. Is this correct?