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Hot Spring Thermophile by Thorro Jones

February 2021 - Hot Spring Thermophile

February 2021 - Thorro Jones

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About the Image(s)

This image was taken February 4, 2020 along the Grand Loop Road between Mammoth and Norris in Yellowstone National Park. The picture was taken on a Winter Couples Adventure with some friends. My vision was to capture the bright colors and textures of the hot spring thermophile on a cold winter’s day. I used Lightroom “Auto” to adjust the Tone, added an “S” shaped Tone Curve, adjusted the Sharpening amount to 50 and the Masking to 80, and cropped the photo slightly to frame the hot spring. Any suggestions to improve this picture are appreciated.
Image data: Nikon D5300 with NIKKOR 18-140 lens at 140mm; 1/800 sec at f5.6, ISO 160, no filters, no tripod.


16 comments posted




Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Thorro, You captured some great colors and textures. I like the mist on the right half of the finished photo and the mist on the left on the original. Perhaps when you brightened the thermophile the snow and mist got too bright. The texture of the snow and pine shadows in the original is good. I would to mask/select only the thermophile for Lightroom work to see if this helps. Jim   Posted: 02/03/2021 13:49:05
Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Great feedback. I was so focused on bringing out the colors in the thermophile I forgot about the background. I did wash out the snow and shadows too much in the first post processing edits. Let me know what you think of the attached second photo edits. Thanks   Posted: 02/03/2021 14:54:11
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Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Thorro - much better. You could brighten the right half of the thermophile so that the mist on its shadow side is more distinctive - like steam. Jim   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:12:10
Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Agree   Posted: 02/04/2021 13:31:21
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John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski
Thorro, This is a tough shot. Not clear how I might have handled it myself. I think Jim's comments are good and your last edit is the best. The issue is such high dynamic range giving very deep shadows on the thermopile. I tried to see if I could bring something out in that area. I took your original into PS and used ACR to develop the image to balance out the histogram, set back the highlights to preserve snow detail and give separation to the steam. I then used a luminosity mask to work the shadow level, not clear if it is any better. Tab   Posted: 02/08/2021 11:59:18
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Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
John I like how you brought some more of the details out in the deep shadows of the thermopile. My only concern is that it looks like some of the rich colors in the lighter areas of the thermopile are now washed out.   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:09:36
John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski
Thorro, We can bring those rich colors back by using a luminosity mask for one of the levels that will concentrate on the areas that concern you, then applying curves or saturation on those regions that the mask will allow, and presto they will be better than even before my messing around. We could even try building a mask on the specific hue that you want to enhance. I tried a quick play with a luminosity mask and then used color adjustments to go after the red/orange area of the color map, don't know if that hits the target you were after. Hope I didn't push those colors up in some unexpected places. If so I could go back and adjust the mask. Tab   Posted: 02/08/2021 13:34:04
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John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski
OOPs, I may have made the snow tint some. That can be masked out. Tab   Posted: 02/08/2021 13:35:53
John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski
Tint is gone, thermopile is bright!   Posted: 02/08/2021 15:55:16
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Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
John the last edit looks much better. I will have to try your tips in PS on the RAW file. Thanks   Posted: 02/08/2021 18:36:23



Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I was there in 2019, and I missed this really interesting thermopile. I wonder if there is a picture within this picture. I would crop away everything except the left side of the thermopile. I didn't find the snow or the mist a problem. Detail in a background can be a distraction from the main focus of interest.   Posted: 02/11/2021 14:55:51
Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Albert I tried your suggestion for a tight crop on the left side of the thermopile. The photo now puts the focus on the rich colors of the thermopile. Let me know what you think.   Posted: 02/12/2021 13:43:46
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Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I did not suggest a substitute, but only a picture within a picture. I have forgotten how to send an edited picture.   Posted: 02/12/2021 17:26:34



Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
  Posted: 02/13/2021 13:33:52
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Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Got it. Thanks   Posted: 02/13/2021 14:07:52



Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Thorro This is the first time I heard about 'thermophile'. I know nothing about thermophile.

Looking by picture quality, I like the one posted by Albert. It excludes the cluttered background of snow and trees.   Posted: 02/14/2021 04:45:00



 

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