Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Beauty Creek - Jasper

We had some spectacular skies on this night. Jay's photo from a few days ago is from the same location - but facing in the other direction. He was somewhere on the left in this image - hidden by trees at the edge of the lake. The sun was shining through clouds on the opposite horizon, and just for a few minutes, a golden band appeared on the mountain. So I was hopping back and forth from rock to rock - trying not to end up with the fishes.

I love the reflected light in the water - and those beautiful dark spots of flora at the bottom of the lake add a bit of interest in that corner of the image.

I shot at f/11 and 1/5 sec. I processed a single image three times to find the correct exposure for sky, mountain, and water. This took quite a while, since I couldn't decide on the correct white balance. Is it right? Heck - I've no idea. I usually try to memorize the colors so I can reproduce them later... but I guess my little brain was overwhelmed with color data (too many shots in just a few days!) In the end, I decided this looked as close to real as I could get it... and I combined the three images in Photoshop using our iHDR technique. I'd love to hear your comments on this one. :)

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Jack Johnson said...

Hi, Varina -

Beautiful work, as always! Looks perfectly natural and lovely to me...

I doubt I'll be able to attend one of your iHDR workshops in the near future - any chance you'll be doing an article, ebook, etc. on it?

- Jack

August 20, 2009 at 12:17 AM  
OpenID seungkyelee said...

Hi Varina.

Great image of a stunning scenery.
Nonetheless, it is a little different than your usual work.
Personally, I would love to see just a slightly, just slightly, more contrast in the background mountain areas and sky as it looks a little flat. Just my opinion.
Did you shoot this without polarizer?
Sometimes I shoot without polarizer if it leaves too much uneven polarization in the sky, but often they end up lacking contrast in both light and colors.
It all depends on various factors like subject, light and composition.

Other than that, it`s a fantastic image. Love the majestic mountains and light here, Varina.
Stunning...even if I can`t seem to find Jay striking a pose anywhere ;-)

Have a wonderful day.

Regards
Seung Kye

August 20, 2009 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks to both of you!

Jack - we've just announced an upcoming iHDR webinar, and we're working on an online book detailing our workflow. We've had so many requests for options other than on-the-ground workshops, so we're working to meet that need. Thanks for your interest!

Seung Kye - thanks for the excellent critique! I am going to take a second look at the file and try a few changes. I didn't use a circular polarizer filter for this shot - as you mentioned, shooting wide often leads to uneven polarization of the sky. And, of course, I didn't want to lose the reflected clouds on the water.

Have a great day!

August 20, 2009 at 10:39 AM  

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