Jennifer Doerrie  


View from Glacier Point by Jennifer Doerrie

January 2021 - View from Glacier Point

About the Image(s)


ISO 6400 (was low light at sunset)
f/11
1/20 sec.
- 0.7 exposure compensation
28 to 70 mm lens at 28 mm

(Some odd choices on settings, but don't recall why.)

Glacier Point is such an iconic and highly photographed location that I am often searching for variations in weather or other ways to create an image that doesn't look exactly like dozens or hundreds of others. Here, the clouds added a nice pop of sunset pink to the color image, but I'm afraid they may not be as effective in monochrome. Should I consider going back to a plain sky here, tone the clouds down more, or leave them as I have them? Does the contrast on Half Dome and the surrounding mountains work as is, or should they be brighter? Thanks!


9 comments posted




Russ Butler   Russ Butler
A nice capture, perhaps a darker & stormy clouds might add the effect you are thinking. For me, the contrast is OK, the brightness if fine & clouds make this iconic image more interesting.   Posted: 01/11/2021 16:12:39



Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Thanks Russ. This image looks really gray/flat on my office computer monitor. I think I'll try to adjust the contrast some more and see if that will help, although you are correct that I may need different clouds for this subject.   Posted: 01/11/2021 19:56:21



Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
I adjusted some contrast and a few other things in the sky. I may need to start over or give up on this image, as it seems I'm creating more problems than I'm resolving.   Posted: 01/11/2021 22:11:48
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Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Apparently, I need to adjust calibration, as it seemed like the contrast was almost too high when I adjusted it, but still looks rather flat when viewing it on my office computer. My calibration Spyder broke, though, so I need to replace it. Is there something that is reasonably priced but better now? What are others using? Thanks.   Posted: 01/12/2021 13:28:02



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
This looks like a great location, and I like your second version. Can you show the original? I would like to take a shot at the monochrome conversion, as I have been doing many of those recently using the conversion controls in PS Elements.   Posted: 01/12/2021 01:49:05
Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Here it is. I do most of my monochrome conversion now with the Nik Silver Effects Pro plug in for Photoshop. I've had it for years, so probably have an older version.   Posted: 01/12/2021 23:01:59
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
The second version looks much better. What a great location for an image. I think that you are showing too much, and would crop off part of the left side. Half Dome is the subject here, so why not really make it show. This crop also now has a good lead in.   Posted: 01/12/2021 08:57:09
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Also, thanks for taking us on a tour of Yosemite. I have never visited, but seen many photographs. This is the first time I have seen the "half dome" view clearly. Thanks.   Posted: 01/12/2021 13:25:04



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I tried a conversion with "Vivid Landscape," then increased both overall brightness and contrast, and a touch of sharpening.   Posted: 01/13/2021 22:07:47
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