Revealing

Hi Everyone,
Here’s a shot I took this fall on a moody day with showers and snow squalls passing by all day long. Amazing conditions!

Specific Feedback Requested

I’m curious how the processing looks? Or if anyone would do anything different to it in general.

Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
This is a pano of about 3-4 images, hand held, 1/1000, f8, 400mm, ISO 100, processed mostly in Camera Raw with some range masking, and then pushing mid tones around to bring out detail in the sky.

@christinefranzenphotography

Christine, I really like the conditions you captured in this scene showing those snow squalls over the mountains. I like this alot just as you have it so don’t see changing anything for my taste. Very nicely done!

Christine, I love the mood and energy in your image. The image is beautifully processed in terms of luminosity and contrast, and does an excellent job of capturing and conveying these dynamic weather conditions. I love how the light just seems to glow here. Outstanding work, I’m enjoying this very much as presented.

Hi Christine - welcome back! This is pretty darn breathtaking. So dramatic and sinister in a way. I had a little fun with it and here’s the result -

Some luminosity and color masking and a little dodging and contrast painting. Hope you don’t mind. It really is a beauty.

I thought the original was pretty great, but the tweaks by @Kris_Smith elevate this even another notch higher.

Thank you Nick and Ed for your comments, and thank you Kris, I don’t mind any edits at all! I like those subtle adjustments as well…especially coming back with fresh eyes and comparing what you did with what I had. :slightly_smiling_face:

I would raise the shadows at the very bottom while keeping the darkest tone at that level. That in essence adds contrast as well as lightens the shadows. I would lighten the yellows and reds considerably and saturate them back. That would make the viewer want to look and think about how nice it would be there. I notice that the image actually has a lot of blue. I would raise that saturation but not enough to compete with the warm tones in the valley.

Thank you Igor,
I think I will be adjusting the darks at the bottom. I will play around with some of these ideas too. I appreciate the feedback!

I actually tried this and liked it but because I’m working with a small jpeg the shadows started to look like mud after adjustment. So I didn’t post it.

A spectacular scene, beautifully composed and edited! Amazing detail for handheld. I do like the suggestions above – you have a lot to work with here but you’re starting out at about 99/100.

I really like this scene Christine. I like its darkness. My first thought was “Lord of the Rings”, full of mystery and maybe danger. It’s beautiful!