Jon Allanson  

On the Great Ridge by Jon Allanson

October 2020 - On the Great Ridge

October 2020 - Jon Allanson


About the Image(s)

The Great Ridge is in the Peak District National Park in the UK and rises to about 900 feet above the valleys on either side and has the remains of an iron age fort on the top of Mam Tor -the ‘Shivering Mountain’. A couple of weeks ago there was fog forecast, so I set out before dawn to take some images along the ridge and across the surrounding valleys and to hopefully photograph the chimney of the nearby cement works poking up through the fog. When I arrived there, I found that rather than fog there was a major temperature inversion that filled both the surrounding valleys with cloud, which was drifting over some of the lower parts of the ridge. From Mam Tor I went along the ridge to lower point ,where I would be looking up rather than down onto the Back Tor and Lose Hill. Taken on the Fuji XT4 with 18-55mm lens, 1/600the sec, f14, ISO 200. The original file was quite under exposed as the exposure compensation dial had ben knocked. In Lightroom, auto corrected the under exposure, then in Photoshop levels and curves adjustments were made and the hills selectively sharpened using High Pass. Finally the image was cropped to remove excessive sky and foreground.

5 comments posted

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
Nice job. What a difference from the original to your final image. The sky above the fog bothers me a little. Great shot.   Posted: 10/03/2020 13:22:34

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Definitely a big difference from the original! The composition is really nice and I really like the foreground detail. I understand what Renee is saying about the sky, but not quite sure what to do.. because the hills before add to the composition. Are the clouds to the right a little blown out?   Posted: 10/12/2020 12:22:19

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Definitely like the postprocessing and bringing out the leading line bridge. The crop was successfully applied to create a sense of vastness.
The sky doesn't bother me. Nice shot.   Posted: 10/14/2020 11:47:20

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
I love this image. It has a strong composition with the leading lines pointing to those two people. The right side is rather light, but not too much. Maybe darken the right lower corner a little so that it does not take you out of the frame.   Posted: 10/20/2020 12:53:35

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I love this! We are taking off to photograph the Smoky Mountains next week, and I hope to get similar experiences with fog. Really nice work with the sky, it isn't blown out and has a nice color.   Posted: 10/20/2020 15:16:49


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