Stormy Skies on the Blacktail Plateau

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Pertinent technical details or techniques: D500 16-80mm f2.8-4.0 at 34mm (1/50 sec at f9.0, ISO 200) Levels, Topaz Adjust set on Daylight Preset at 67% Opacity, Luminosity Masks for Midtone Contrast and reduction in brightest lights for clouds. I cropped some off the bottom narrowing the sagebrush area…Jim

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Jim, this shows the YNP fall colors for this year, while the shrubs and small aspens got nicely yellow in the low lying areas, everything else was green until we had a very hard freeze (single digit overnight temps.) in early Oct. The cloudy skies were also very common this fall, with clear or even partly clear days being rare. The mix of sage, aspens, pines and sky look good. You might crop more off the sagebrush to increase the emphasis on the aspens, but your 1/3:1/3:1/3 mix looks good here. I’m pretty sure I know where this was taken, and know that it’s a challenging location for landscapes.

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What I love best about this image is that pop of colour that’s right in the middle of the frame. Overall a beautiful image!