Michael Jack  

Red Mountain Range by Michael Jack

January 2020 - Red Mountain Range

About the Image(s)

This image was taken in the Red Mountain range south of Ouray CO on a cold, windy morning this past October. The wind made it challenging to get a good reflection. I could have used a ND filer but then the trees would have been blurred.

Canon 5D MkIV, 24-105 f4L Lens at 24 mm, ISO 400, f16, 1/200 sec. Basic processing in LR.

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8 comments posted

I really like the details of the mountains, showing colors in sloping lines. The body of water is a bonus, which adds interest to the composition. A lovely landscape, there is nothing I would suggest changing!   Posted: 01/06/2020 15:26:25

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I feel this image is a powerful eye stopper. You have accurately captured the dramatic colors of this red rock region of Colorado. I applaud your positioning as you were just high enough to obtain a bit of reflection in the water that I feel adds quite nicely to the composition. You note the reason for not using a GND filter but seem to lament the weakness of the reflection that is a result. Perhaps a bit of selective use of the LR adjustment brush using either clarity or contrast to the reflection might bring it out a bit if this was obtained from a RAW file. Since you also had one of those cloudless skies your compositional choice of reducing the amount of sky worked quite well. My only real suggestion would be to reduce some of the foreground, perhaps as far as the top of the rise on the left. This would in turn draw more attention to the water and to light reflection. It may be my monitor (probably is) but something seems odd about those 4 bright orange peaks on the far right. Your image give me a compelling argument to visit this area again. Well done.   Posted: 01/07/2020 10:16:33
Michael Jack   Michael Jack
I agree with your suggestion on the crop. I did use clarity/dehaze to try to enhance the reflection but maybe there is more there. The color of the peaks is pretty accurate and contribute to the name of "red mountains." Admittedly I would have your reaction if I had not been there.   Posted: 01/07/2020 12:58:03

Richard White   Richard White
This photo was well done. It makes me want to be there just to enjoy the mountains, lake, solitude of the area. I took Larry's suggestion and reduced the foreground. It works, but I like them both.   Posted: 01/07/2020 13:08:38
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Your new crop looks good. So now you have a dilemma. :-)   Posted: 01/07/2020 15:51:03

George R Phile   George R Phile
Michael, I really like the colors of this image, they are really great. I think I like the original crop better than the cropped one. I looked at it in LR and perhaps a bit of Clarity or Contrast would make the trees and mountains pop a bit more. I like the way my eye went from the lake to the orange mountains at the right and then to the mountains to the top left. Really nice job.   Posted: 01/16/2020 08:40:48

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I like your original composition best. To me, it looks a bit overexposed. I think it would be more appealing by darkening some areas like the green grass to the right and the dark areas all over the image.   Posted: 01/18/2020 00:50:03

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
I really like this image a lot! I actually like the original composition a little better. The color in the mountains is amazing! You could consider tweaking the saturation/vibrance to bring a little more color out in the trees, but that is about the only change I would make, unless you wanted to do a sky replacement or add reflections in the water. I feel the image stands well enough on its own with those kind of manipulations, though.   Posted: 01/19/2020 19:24:45