David Robb  

Mt.Thielsen by David Robb

November 2020 - Mt.Thielsen

About the Image(s)

Nikon D7500, iso/280, 38mm, f/22, 1/200, tripod. Dehazing filter, shift A did most of the editing, paint brush to tone down the foreground rocks.

Mt. Theilsen shot from Mt. Bailey.
I was really looking forward to this adventure, Theilsen, as you can climb clear to the tippy top. Rock scrambling the last 80’ to a mini van sized platform on the top. Social distancing was out! Anyway when I arrived at the trailhead wee hours in the morning and there was a BIG closed sign up due to downed trees from a forest fire. Which you can see to the lower left of the mountain. It was safe hike other than trees across the trail.
So I was without a hike till I checked out my AllTrails App. and came up with Bailey Mt. only about a 7 mile drive away.
I did find out later I could of taken the PCT trailhead just up the road to connect with the Theilsen trail.Oh well! save something for next year!

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Sharon Moir   Sharon Moir
I've always wanted to take a photo like this with a natural "frame". I like this a lot and my only gripe is the color of the rocks at the top. To me they are too blue. Now I know they're in shadow, not sun. But did you think of changing the color to match the bottom rocks more? Wonder how that might look.
  Posted: 11/16/2020 11:23:11
David Robb   David Robb
Now that you mentioned it I can see the blue cast too. I opened the shadows up quite a bit to get some definition in the upper rocks. The lower were over exposed so I toned them down with the paint brush. Opening the shadows up more might help with the blue. I will have to give it a try.   Posted: 11/18/2020 15:58:05

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
I like how the frame lines sort of matches the lines of the peak. Well exposed with good detail from front to back.   Posted: 11/16/2020 15:29:12

Than Sint   Than Sint
Very unique framing mountainscape! No wonder, clear and sharp foreground frame does not obstruct the scene. I well acknowledge the power of post processing.   Posted: 11/21/2020 19:36:51

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
David, with a combination of two independent selections, firs the background with the dehaze filter and adding some warmth, and reversing the selection for the rocky frame and adding brightness.   Posted: 11/22/2020 09:15:29
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David Robb   David Robb
Yes, some good choices and I like the effect on the mountain.   Posted: 11/26/2020 13:57:35

Joey Johnson   Joey Johnson
Nice shot. I agree with Sharon about lessening the blueness of the mountain. Maybe a little more dehaze, but not too much. I like the tonality of the surrounding rocks. Just enough detail to show what they are without making them the star.   Posted: 11/24/2020 17:11:12

Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
I like the framing and the mountain leaves no doubt about the subject. Something else you might try is to use an adjustment layer to remove the blue and then paint black back in over the mountain to keep the color there.

I wonder about the haze on each side of the mountain scene. Did you use a large soft brush for some adjustments in just the mountain scene?
  Posted: 11/24/2020 19:25:02
David Robb   David Robb
You weren't suppose to notice that. )
I did on the sunny rocks below including the rock on the lake which has no haze. I was thinking the dehazing filter left something but don't really know. I will have to go back and look.

  Posted: 11/26/2020 13:54:41

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Hi David,
Sorry I'm late in getting in comments. Nice framing. Agree with the blue tinting of the upper rocks. Nice to include the lake. Selecting the area under Theilsen and warming up the color a bit would help. Also there is an inconsistent "lightening" of the blue color in the backgound at each side of the framing rock.   Posted: 11/25/2020 09:33:01