Albert Zabin  

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone by Albert Zabin

February 2021 - Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

February 2021 - Albert Zabin


February 2021 - Albert Zabin

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About the Image(s)

This is a photo of the falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellow stone from the overlook just above the falls. My wife and I walked own and stayed fodder well over an hour watching the weather and sky change several times. Taken with Nikon 800, 24-120mm at 24mm, f19, 1/180 sec., ISO 500, handheld. Post-processing, primarily ON1, minor adjustments in Photoshop, edits. Increased contrast, boosted saturation and vibrance very little, desaturated yellows to eliminate overall cello cast after increase of saturation, sharpened 1005, increased detail sharpness lightly, enhanced red, purple and orange to recapture the rainbow.
First attempt
Selectively desaturated the clouds to eliminate the blue cast.
I now wonder if I over desaturated the clouds.
Second attempt.
Edits: Increased contrast, boosted saturation and vibrance very little, desaturated yellows to eliminate overall the yellow cast of the canyon, after the increase of saturation, sharpened 100%, increased detail sharpness, using the “local” brush in ON1 moderately, enhanced red, purple and orange to recapture the rainbow as I remembered by increasing saturation and vibrance. Selectively partially desaturated the clouds to reduce the blue cast.

4 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Albert, you did an amazing things on this. I like things how you finished with the dynamic sky. I like what you did with the canyon on the first attempt. I notice that you cropped the left side of the rainbow.
I suggest that you use the dodge tool to brighten only the rainbow. Then do all that you want to do to make it great. I would not crop the bottom or left side. Let me know what you think. Jim   Posted: 02/03/2021 13:56:13
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Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Albert you have created a dark and moody feel to this iconic scene. I like that you darkened the clouds in the photo. It adds real drama to the scene. Although you lost some of the details in the trees during the post-processing, I feel that this increases the attention given to the rainbow as the main subject in the photo. I did notice that you lost the yellow band in the rainbow when you desaturated yellows. I would also clone out the black dots in the clouds as they are distracting. It looks like you had a dirty lens or camera sensor. Lastly, I feel that the sky is a little overwhelming and distracts from the canyon and rainbow. I would recommend cropping the top of the photo a little. See my attached edits.   Posted: 02/03/2021 14:02:13
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John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski
Albert, I like your original composition the best. It could be cropped up from the bottom just a bit. I like how Jim enhanced the rainbow. In your final version the sky becomes much too dominant, taking up almost half the real estate. To me this is an image about the rainbow and the canyon and not the sky. However, I do like the way you have pulled the detail of the clouds out, but they have gone too blue for me. Moody upwelling storms are more neutral as in Orig 2. Some tint may work but this one is too heavy for me. Tab   Posted: 02/13/2021 16:20:14

Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Albert I like the composition of your photo, the stream acting as a leading line taking the eye towards the sky.

As John commented, I also like your original the best. I see too much of 'drama' in your sky and bit of over saturation throughout the image.   Posted: 02/14/2021 04:54:15


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