Thanks again for all the suggestions! Here’s a second go incorporating some of them; cropped, shifted the color balance a bit, and reduced saturation.
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Many conflicts have kept me from getting out to photograph since the end of winter. They’ve all been good things, but nevertheless I’ve really been pining to photograph again. As @Steve_Kennedy noted in his recent Editor’s Pick image, he, @James_Lorentson , and I were able to spend a magical weekend backpacking into Jefferson Park a couple weeks back, and we had the good fortune to catch an amazingly mild fall weekend. Unfortunately most of the vivid red leaves that can blanket the park had dropped, but the dozens of tarns from recent rain were full of water and we had reflection after reflection to play with.
On an exploratory hike, we passed by this tarn and I was intrigued by the island; I decided to return for dawn the next day. There were minimal clouds in the sky when color would have been at its peak, but shortly after they returned and I was able to capture a little of the late warm light.
(The title of this image comes from the fact that my camera, realizing the wicked state of its soul, decided to cleanse itself by full submersion in this little tarn. Fortunately, it survived this impulsive decision.)
I still wish that lower right corner was different. I tried a lot of angles, but didn’t find a different one that kept the mountain reflection visible. (Back home looking at this, the reflection is a small enough part of the image I’d probably not worry about it if I was shooting it over.) How annoying do you find it?
As always, any other thoughts and suggestions are much appreciated.
This is a blend of two images for depth of field. I’ve cropped this a little from the original, moved the color balance slightly warmer than this actually was, cloned out a contrail, and warped that lower right corner grass just a tad to the left for a better flow. I transformed this a little to make the trees straighter, but didn’t correct them completely because the image just got a little too weird. I worked with the raw images, but I’ll post one of the sidecar jpgs the camera recorded with the raw so you can see what I worked from.
NIKON Z 7II
NIKKOR Z 14-30 f/4S at 14.0 mm
Two images at 1/15 sec. at f/8.0 and ISO 64