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Critique End of the day on the mountain

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by manzico, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. I've been on vacation so I've been up the mountain quite a bit over the past few weeks and each time I'm up there there's always something interesting to shoot.

    #1 - After a recent trip up with my wife (no chance to take pics on that visit), the light was pretty impressive and I happened to be walking down to one of my favorite subjects up there (great old tree you'll see in a bit), and the setting sun illuminating the brush up there was just amazing. I wanted to capture it on my next visit so when I went up again, I had a plan. Needless to say it's a really challenging image to capture with a ton of dynamic range. Here's my best attempt at capturing that:
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    #2 - My original intention was to create a black and white with this next one, but it didn't have the punch that I wanted, and the color of the setting sun on the rocks was too compelling for me to get rid of, but who knows, maybe I'll play with it a bit more:
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    #3 - I wanted to capture some people in this next one to help give the shot some scale:
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    #4 - The afore mentioned old tree that is a favorite subject of mine up there:
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  2. Stunning photo's. #3 does show the scale but in MHO I would crop the left half out. I find it a bit distracting.
  3. Like you, I like people in many of my landscape shots. These are all very good. How was #4 lit?
  4. Beautiful images with wonderful lighting. Like the depth on #3 and of course people to give it scale. The Pinion Pine in #4 is amazing.
  5. In addition to the other comments and question, I really like the flare in the third one.
  6. Thanks. Certain shots just benefit from the sense of scale that including a person (or some other commonly relatable object) provides. As for the 4th shot. It never hurts to have your iPhone handy. I used it to light paint the tree. I moved it around quite a bit to make sure there were no shadows that were too hard. That was shot at 14mm so I was actually really close to the tree for the photo.

  7. Best use of an iPhone yet. And that explains the light temperature!
  8. Mike,

    Thanks. On the first shot I worked really hard to make sure there wasn't too much flare. That one was not only and HDR bracketed set, but I actually angled the camera in 3 different directions (so three different bracketed sets) to move the flare around so I could selectively remove it easily later. When I was processing the third photo though, the flare just kind of worked for me so I left it in.

  9. Yeah, the color temp was way off originally. I had to significantly warm it up selectively on the tree, but I didn't want to make it too warm since, you know, night-time and all.


  10. Really impressed with the iPhone light painting!
  11. Thanks. The lights on the newer phones are actually pretty bright so you can do more than you think with them.

  12. Very nice set, #4 is stunning. Thanks for the tip about the iphone.
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