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There are evenings which get attributes of eternity in one's life. Such was this evening, at about 2.100 m altitude on the south slopes of Mt. Mangart, looking toward west, across Slovenia-Italy border in the direction of West Julian Alps. It was December, no snow yet this year. Alone, I was waiting behind my tripod on a miracle - and it happened. An indescribable calm evening, full of pastel hues, persistently and mutely changing toward deeper and deeper colors. Not a slightest breeze. The 'orgelpunkt' was Silence. And the end was the night.

35 mm lens was used. I waited until the difference between the sky, excluding the region around the sun, and the mountains was about one stop. Aperture priority, matrix metering, stop 11. Scanned by Nikon CoolScan IV-ED. In Corel PhotoPaint, on 4000 pix width level, the picture was Gaussian blurred 1px to kill grain, with the exception of the region of grasses (hand drawn mask, Mask Feather 100 pix); resampled to 800 pix width; a hand drawn mask around central see of haze was made and superimposed on an another linear gradient fill mask (Paint on Mask tool) in the upper third of the picture (instead of using an optical graduated neutral gray filter) to further reduce sky/mountains contrast; slight darkening using Curves; selective contrast enhancement of grasses; Unsharp Mask 45%, 2pix and some slight additional selective sharpening of the grasses. No color management.

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