John Tabaczynski  

Technicolor Fountain by John Tabaczynski

October 2020 - Technicolor Fountain

October 2020 - John Tabaczynski


About the Image(s)

Nikon D800, 1/320 @ f/8, ISO 160; Nikkor 18 -200mm f/ 3.5 -5.6 @ 70 mm; handheld.
This image was taken August 2015 at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone NP. The day was partly cloudy with frequent showers. When I took the photograph it had just stopped raining, and lots of steam and water were flowing over the terraces. The scene before me was in the shade of a cloud although there was blue sky behind it as you can see. The scene was flat and dull, although I knew the terraces hold quite a bit of pastel color under good light and it had to exist in the raw file. It was my objective to get to eye-popping color. I did not think a natural rendering would have much appeal. In the raw developer I pushed some moderate to extreme adjustments. Contrast +31, Shadows +34, Clarity +38, Vibrancy +59, and Saturation +38. I made an 16 x 20 print and it is an eye-catcher.

4 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Tab, this PIDC is also an eye-catcher.Everything is sharp, vivid colors, captivating. One thing I noticed in the final version is either noise or overpixelized texture on the lower third of the photo. Jim   Posted: 10/02/2020 08:28:21

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
John you definitely brought out the color in the hot springs travertine formations. It looks like a photo from another planet. I do think the formations in the bottom third of the photo are so much different than the top two-thirds that they are distracting from technicolor look you are going for. However, I know the travertine formation is like this as I have a similar photo taken in February 2020 of this formation. I would suggest cropping the bottom third and letting the colors pop in the remaining photo.   Posted: 10/02/2020 13:58:45
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Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
You were very lucky to get a photo of Mammoth Falls with water. When I was there, it was bone dry.

I don't know anything about "technicolor," so my opinion is not well informed. To my eye, the color seems too intense. What if you toned it down 25-30%?   Posted: 10/10/2020 18:21:44

Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
I am not familiar with the colors on photos showing hot springs. For me, this is a nice photo with vivid colors.

I agree with Thorro about cropping, which improved the photo.   Posted: 10/15/2020 05:42:23


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