Al Swanson  

Oxbow Bend by Al Swanson

June 2020 - Oxbow Bend

June 2020 - Al Swanson


About the Image(s)

I was rummaging through some old vacation pictures recently and came upon some I had taken in the Tetons. It was a particularly colorful autumn and I opened up this image of the Oxbow and Mount Moran. After cropping it in Photoshop I reopened it in studio to clean up the image, saturate the color, and sharpen it. Then I returned it to Photoshop for a little more cleanup and adjust the light levels. This is what I came up with. Technical stuff: Canon 7D, ISO 100, F5 .6, 1/100 of a second.

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

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Beautiful image Al. Wonderful color and the zig-zag of the river is a great leading line taking the viewer straight to the mountains. The foreground brush and the tree on the left serve to frame the composition, and there's a nice and subtle vignette applied. Might be my monitor, but I wonder if there is a bit of banding in the sky. Not too much wrong with this picture!   Posted: 06/03/2020 20:15:56

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Yes Al, this is a beautiful image and Jerry said it all. This is the perfect spot for this image. I do think that you could tone down a bit the foliage and water and darken a bit Mount Moran. I would also consider to include that bit of river on the right side, especially since you have it in the original.   Posted: 06/04/2020 09:49:22

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Beautiful shot Al. Hard to find a more scenic spot than this! It's really a nice composition with the river leading you right into the mountains and wonderful reflections on the water. I would just leave it uncropped though. I like that tree on the left and the tall grasses on the right as in the original. That extended foreground seems to more gradually ease my eye into the picture.   Posted: 06/04/2020 10:36:41

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I agree-it's a beautiful shot. I also agree with Peggy about the cropping and Jerry with the banding in the sky.
I feel the original is good as it is - perhaps darkening Mt. Moran some. Overall I think it is too saturated and too "detailed". Some fine detailing on Mt. Moran on the original and you have a great shot.   Posted: 06/05/2020 15:35:09
Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Right now, as I write this, I'm viewing the image on my laptop instead of my desktop and it appears slightly over saturated instead of over saturated...and I just calibrated my desktop monitors. Hmmm. Anyway - I agree with Beverly - wish I was back there. :)   Posted: 06/11/2020 21:44:29

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I agree with the other comments about what a nice photo this is. In my opinion, it's slightly over-saturated.   Posted: 06/08/2020 14:10:53

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
This is a Wish I Were There image. Absolutely gorgeous.   Posted: 06/11/2020 19:50:26

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
This is one of the most breathtaking views in the Northwest. I can envision myself standing at the very spot Al stood trying to create the composition. I would like to see more of the tree on the left as it creates a nice frame. Perhaps cropping to a pano would allow this to happen. I feel the overall image is too saturated. Bump it down a couple notches and it will be spot on. This may also help the banding in the sky.   Posted: 06/13/2020 09:38:31