Zina Mirsky  

Snow on Mt Diablo by Zina Mirsky

March 2023 - Snow on Mt Diablo

About the Image(s)

We have had rain and snow in our Northern California area, and at the end of February it snowed long enough to get a lot of it accumulated on Mt. Diablo, here in Walnut Creek. Most of the time, there was fog covering the mountain but I was lucky enough to get this shot at a mid-day, from an overlook not 3 minutes away from my condo. The valley between where I'm standing and the foothills is all part of Rossmoor, where we live. We are fortunate to live in a 'city' that's so close to much of nature.

This is taken with my iPhone 14; I got other shots with my Olympus mirrorless and learned that the stitching function in the Olympus OEM is almost as easy as taking a pano with the iPhone. But I'll not show the OEM stitching this time because I have not post processed them to my satisfaction yet.

I purposely did not do any editing to this pano because I was quite happy to see that the natural light highlighted what was most of interest and while I will go back and play with fine-tuning this later, I'm also interested in the suggestions that might be made by my Group 55 colleagues - they are more adept than I am and no doubt will have excellent suggestions for me to keep learning about. And that will help inform what I do with the Olympus stack of images! Thank you ... /zina

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4 comments posted

Alec Chester   Alec Chester
Magnificent clouds! They give the feeling of a gathering storm. I think that maybe less contrast in the clouds and pulling back on the highlights might be good.   Posted: 03/24/2023 13:19:31

Alec Chester   Alec Chester
  Posted: 03/24/2023 13:23:14
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Rick Taft   Rick Taft
I agree with Alec...pretty fierce clouds there! The only suggestion I have is to think about playing with the foreground (the land, not the sky) and try using a graduated filter that follows the path of the sunlight from left to right, and try adding a very tiny bit of saturation so it increases as the sun gets stronger in the frame. I think playing with subtle gradients of saturation and/or luminosity can enhance a landscape shot like this by emphasizing what the sun is doing...but very easy to overdo it. It might help the mountain pop a bit more. But a very nice image.   Posted: 03/30/2023 15:39:49

Matt Moses   Matt Moses
Zina the photo has a lot of potential but I think you'll have to experiment for how much. When I look at it now it lacks "impact", that wow factor. Messing with the mid tone contrast could be a start, looking at highlights like Alex mentioned is a good idea I think you could take this from a snapshot feel and really make it stand out. If you want me to do some of what I am thinking let me know.   Posted: 03/30/2023 16:57:04