Albert Zabin  

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Albert Zabin

August 2019 - Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

About the Image(s)

This is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from the lower falls. Nikon 800, 24-120mm , f16. After the walk down my wife and I stayed nearly 2 hours watching the light change almost by the minute. The dadrk clouds seen in the background passed over us and dropped a few drops and al few minutes later the light looked as if great flood llights were turned on.. I have an undeveloped picture and one in my iPhone that shows the canyon almost identically to this one. Developed in Luminar 3. increase contrast slightly. Enhanced red using the HSL to bring out the reddish veins on the light side, that so entranced the painter John Moran (Not as red as he painted them) Enhanced the saturation and vibrance of the rainbow modestly so it would stand out as I perceived it and sharpened overall the, sharpening set at 2 and 60%. The first print showed the clouds wiith a heavy blue cast. It may have been accurate, ubt it didn’t look natural, so I desaturated the clouds

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5 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I like the color palette, rainbow and clouds in this rendition. I agree with your decision to tone down the sky, as it still looks very powerful and ominous. Very nice image. My only suggestion would be to slightly crop the sky to put more importance on the canyon over the sky., so that the image is not effectively divided in the middle.   Posted: 08/06/2019 19:17:40

Well worth the time spent watching the light shift. Very nice processing. Cropping the sky somewhat would be good, as Bob mentions.   Posted: 08/07/2019 08:23:31

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Gorgeous scene, and lovely how you got it. It must have been as if a flashlight was showing you what to take. The colors are beautiful, with the dark sky and rainbow magically appearing. I lean toward less sky but struggle with it because the clouds are so nice. If you crop it away, maybe there's a second image in this one with the sky as focus (cropping mid-way up from bottom).   Posted: 08/08/2019 09:29:16

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Love the color palette, the composition and rainbow. But for me the the most powerful part of the picture is that dramatic sky. Well worth waiting 2 hours to get the perfect light conditions.   Posted: 08/11/2019 14:14:52

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Very good contrast between the menacing clouds and the colors of the canyon. The rainbow is without doubt a plus. There was some post-processing to pop-up the canyon colors, and as you said a reduction of the bluish in the clouds. But all the colors look quite natural. I don't have anything to say to improve the picture.   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:17:39