Pauline Jaffe  

Sawtooth Mountains by Pauline Jaffe

September 2020 - Sawtooth Mountains

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My Image this month is The Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho

The first week in August my husband and I drove part of the route the Louis and Clark took to travel to the Pacific Ocean (in reverse).

Our trip was amazing. This image was taken in Stanley, Idaho which has a higher elevation than Denver. The river that you see in the image is called the Salman River and the mountains are called the Sawtooth Mountains.

The image was taken with my Nikon 5600 at ISO 100 at f 5.6 and 1/1000 sec.

8 comments posted

David Blass   David Blass
What a beautiful scene, Pauline! I'd like to be there now. The composition is very appealing, with both the fence and the river drawing the viewer in to explore the landscape. I think a smaller aperture (f/11 or f/16 perhaps) would have shown the scene to better advantage, as with f/5.6 both the mountains and the immediate foreground are out of focus. Also, focusing about 1/3 of the way into the scene would give the deepest field of view and the best chance of getting the whole scene sharp.   Posted: 09/11/2020 08:07:17
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Pauline, I agree with David. This scene reminds me of a calendar shot or a postcard.

I think you did a great job using the leading lines of the fences, stream and foreground vegetation to emphasize depth of field and to draw the viewer into the scene. I too find the foreground and background soft and agree with David's suggestions. Another possibility might be to try focus stacking to create a sharp image throughout. If you are unfamiliar with focus stacking, here is a link to a short video that provides a good overview

Did you consider removing the tree limbs on the left side of the image? In my opinion they are distracting and I would suggest removing them either by cropping the image a little tighter or by cloning them out. I have attached an image where I cropped it slightly to remove them.   Posted: 09/11/2020 09:09:44
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Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
When I first saw this image I thought it was of a place near Bridgeport in the Eastern Sierra. The composition is lovely with the stream meandering into the mid ground of the scene to the houses and the flowering brush in the foreground. This was clearly a thoughtfully composed image. I am also really bothered by the lack of focus and agree with David's suggestions of the smaller aperture. Walter also makes a good point about the tree limbs.   Posted: 09/12/2020 12:59:42

Pauline Jaffe   Pauline Jaffe
  Posted: 09/15/2020 16:42:26
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Walter Swett   Walter Swett
I like this image and it appears much sharper to me throughout than the original. In my opinion, you did a good job using the fence and river as leading lines to the well lit mountain top. The foreground is pleasing to me and in my opinion adds depth.   Posted: 09/15/2020 17:15:44

Pauline Jaffe   Pauline Jaffe
Thank you all for your comments. I am not sure what had happened but I did not receive an email notification when any of you submitted comments which is very unusual.

Thank you for the recommendation of removing the tree on the left. Cropping it out makes a big difference.

I did take several images at different apertures, I think so I can certainly do a focus stack-- which I am familar with.

I also took images, above which had a slightly different composition.

I don't know what you think of the above composition.

  Posted: 09/15/2020 16:56:12

Thomas Bell   Thomas Bell
Beautiful image. However I do agree with Walter that the tree on the left side is very distracting. I do however like the way the tree helps bracket the image. I simply removed the upper portion of the tree to create the image I am uploading.   Posted: 09/18/2020 22:30:20
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Muhammed Rafeek   Muhammed Rafeek
Beautiful image, agree on Walter's and David's comments   Posted: 09/20/2020 12:14:18


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