John Gardiner  

Shrine Ridge Pass by John Gardiner

August 2019 - Shrine Ridge Pass

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Image: Location: Shrine Ridge Pass, near Vail, Colorado.
We hiked to the top of Shrine Ridge Pass to get this photo. The top of this ridge is 11,800 feet and it took us 2 hours to hike to the top, about 1.7 miles. It was a clear day with some cumulus clouds. We went up early to avoid afternoon thunderstorms! I carried my Fuji X-T3 with 18-135mm lens. The exposure was taken at 1/200s, f/16 and ISO200 handheld. The image was developed in Lightroom. I cropped a small portion from the bottom. I added a graduated filter to the bottom bushes to darken them -0.8eV. I added +15 dehaze, a strong tone curve and -10 vignette.

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7 comments posted

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Nicely done, John. Everything about the photo seems clear, sharp and rich in green, blue and white. Can almost reach in and touch the mountains. Do you remember what focal length? And why f16? Is that the best for your lens? Your use of the graduated filter seems to have worked well.   Posted: 08/05/2019 13:23:26

John Gardiner
Thanks, Don! The focal length was about 80mm (35mm). Normally, I try to use f/8 for the sharpest image. But with the depth of the image, from the trees to the mountains, I think I was finding f/8 and f/11 were a little soft in the mountains. This lens, 18-135mm, I think is not the best for sharpness, although it has image stabilization. So it is always my handheld lens of choice for hiking or travel. Fuji XT bodies do not have image stabilization and the sharper landscape lens is the 16-55mm (24-80mm, 35mm eq) and these lenses never have IS.   Posted: 08/05/2019 17:33:48

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Such a beautiful, serene landscape with good details and depth of field. You have good foreground, mid and backgrounds. The puffs of clouds add interest. I do not have any suggestions for improvement. Nice job!   Posted: 08/05/2019 19:39:25

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Your image draws me in and makes me want to get out and hike. However, my two artificial knees say "forget it"! I would say that the bottom of the image is too heavy and dark. But, that is what you saw. A hiker with a red shirt would add something.   Posted: 08/07/2019 09:01:14
John Gardiner
Sorry about the knees, Ray. I'll try brightening up the bottom.   Posted: 08/07/2019 09:05:20

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
A great image, lines, shadows, details. Of course, if there're some wild flowers add color in the foreground would be icing on cake. Don't mind me, just enjoy and dreaming, :)   Posted: 08/12/2019 11:01:08

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
It is a great landscape image. The f/16 keeps everything in focus. It is a very nice work and I have no further comments. I just personally like to take photo in the sunset that would help to produce more color in the sky!   Posted: 08/20/2019 01:13:57