Le Tho Giao  

Tanya Lake by Le Tho Giao

January 2020 - Tanya Lake

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Title: Tanya Lake, Yosemite National Park

I took this photo last October during a trip to Yosemite National Park in California. The lake is close to Tioga Pass road and is a favorite stop since it is so close to the roadside. The lake itself is indistinct besides being an alpine one, but the mountains that surround it show interesting geological details and characters. I took this photo with a Nikon D750, Nikkor 28-300mm 3.5-5,6 G, handheld. Aperture was f/11, time 1/125s, ISO 100. Very minimal adjustments made in CC Classic, resized in ACDSee Studio.

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11 comments posted

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
I like the way you composed this image with the higher mountain on the right, which with the lines in it, gives the image a lot of energy. The amount of sky and lake in the image look about right to me. The only suggestion I have is to bring out slightly more detail in the shadows. Too bad it was too windy to enable you to get reflections in the lake and there were no clouds but you made the best of what you had.   Posted: 01/06/2020 15:45:09
Le Tho Giao   Le Tho Giao
Thansk for your comments. Indeed it was rather windy, particuarly at this high elevation. The sky was so clear the day I got there!   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:26:49

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
The high bright mountain on the left is the first part of the composition that I an drawn toward. However the sharp and dramatic downward sweep of that mountain forces my eye to travel through the image and this brings me to both the water and the little valley nestled among the mountains in the center---the valley almost become a second composition. You did well in limiting the amount of visible water and sky as both are relatively featureless. It is truly unfortunate that there were no clouds, but of course that is out of your control. Judging from the shadows, or lack there of, the images appears to be taken in the middle portion of the day and this makes it appear a bit flat. I think this is the lack of shadow detail that Michael refers to in his comment. Perhaps some additional clarity or even contrast might impart a bit more life to the image. Even a slight deepening of selective areas in the shadows in the center together with the aforementioned clarity and contrast may add some life to the image. Overall the image is a realistic rendering of this type of mountain scape in the Sierras. The image is quite well composed.   Posted: 01/07/2020 10:05:32
Le Tho Giao   Le Tho Giao
Thanks Larry for your keen observation. It was mid day when I got there, the wind was blowing and the sky crystal clear. I was so absorbed with this scenery that I took several shots with different composition. I like this one the most! Yes, you're right, I shouud spend more time in LR tweaking as you suggested.   Posted: 01/07/2020 11:43:27
Le Tho Giao   Le Tho Giao
Here is a revisison of the photo as suggested. I darken shadows and add clouds to eliminate the flatness of a clear sky. The sky replacement and adjustment was done in Luminar 4.   Posted: 01/07/2020 13:40:55
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Oh my, what a dramatic difference!!
I don't have Luminar. So now I ha e some questions.I have recently seen that it can do some remarkable things with sky replacement. I can see how this would work quite well on a mountain like this without a tree line. How would it do with for foliage on the skyline. Remember , I live in Florida and have scattered trees on the skyline and I also shoot in the Smokies where there is lush vegetation. I can see where it would work on many scenes in the Rockies.

I also see it does a good job of removing dust spots. :-)   Posted: 01/07/2020 15:28:03
Le Tho Giao   Le Tho Giao
I'm fairly new to Luminar 4, but as far as Sky replacement is concerned, I believe you can adjust the horizon level to match what may be in your image. I have not yet explored all possibility so cannot give you a definite answer .   Posted: 01/07/2020 15:33:46

Richard White   Richard White
Le, I have been to the lake many times. This is a really good photo that brings out the features of the mountains. Larry's comments are great and I can't add to them. Nice job!   Posted: 01/07/2020 12:52:38

George R Phile   George R Phile
Le, I like the way you framed this photo which brings out the mountains character. I agree that the sky is sort of bland and adding clouds would make it better. A bit more detail in the mountains in the middle of the image would be nice. The lake, as it is, seems fine to me because even if it was glassy you wouldn't see much of the mountains anyway. It is a really nice picture.   Posted: 01/16/2020 08:05:28

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I like the composition and replacing the sky was a great improvement. Luminar 4 does a fantastic job here.

My suggestion for improvement is to darken the dark points on the mountain on the left side and slightly the trees in the wood. This will give more balance and make it more interesting.   Posted: 01/18/2020 00:27:14

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
I like the way the lake creates a leading like into the valley between the two mountains. The sky replacement makes the picture pop more than the original. Luminar 4 seems to do a really good job of this. After seeing this, I know I need to try to get up to Yosemite myself!   Posted: 01/19/2020 19:10:08