Jose Cartas  

Dolly Sods by Jose Cartas

October 2020 - Dolly Sods

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The photo was taken last weekend, during a trip of our photo club to Dolly Sods, in Canaan Valley, WV. We had to leave the hotel at 5:30 a.m. to be there half an hour before sunrise. This view was shot just at sunrise. I was caught by the fog floating between the mountains. As an experiment, I used a graduated tobacco filter, but turned it 180o so the lower part got the filter effect. To compensate for that, in LR I had to go to extremes with Highlights and Shadows. For the rest, some standard adjustments. I cropped from the bottom to make it panoramic, and from the right to bring the tree closer to the border. Technical specifications: 100mm. lens, 2 sec. at f/18, ISO 100, tripod.

6 comments posted

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
That area is spectacular with in fall. Many don't know that trees in Dolly Sods grow mostly one-sided due to constant winds equal to those of far north Canada. The area's vegetation is unusual and Alpine-like. Your image offers a beautiful morning view and elevations are obvious in seeing the cloud cover below. The blues in the distant ridges are lovely. I'm not sure about corrections without seeing the original. It would be interesting to see the early light at left, and trees, enhanced even more, and some colors in the valley. It might not be possible, though, due to the fog. Beautiful view of one piece of my state!   Posted: 10/10/2020 14:53:53
Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
This is basically the same photo, without filter.   Posted: 10/12/2020 15:42:15
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Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you for sharing that. I can see your how your edits greatly improved the image! I like Bob's suggested edits, too.   Posted: 10/14/2020 15:10:35

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I like the layers and the clouds to show height. you might consider just a little more contrast in the mountain area. While I did this slight change in PS, the raw developer in PS or LR has the haze slider, which I think would have been better.   Posted: 10/12/2020 15:29:53
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Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
A beautiful landscape that shows great depth to all those ridges in the background. I agree with Bob to use the de-haze slider to get some more detail into the background. Of course the fog in the valley is superb.   Posted: 10/13/2020 11:29:41

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I agree with Bob that the layers of mountains can give more dimensions to the image if you process it. The use of the filter create a nice warm hue. A beautiful landscape photo.   Posted: 10/14/2020 00:24:04


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