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Beautify Sunset at Mono Lake by Jean Wu

October 2020 - Beautify Sunset at Mono Lake

About the Image(s)

Instead of showing Mono Lake tufa towers images, I picked this sunset image. This image was taken with manual mode. I’m far from mastered in manual mode and never got it right the first shot, always took several shots to get it right. Technical info: Canon 7D, Sigma 18-200mm lenses, Manual mode, ISO 200, f/22.0 @ 0.5. PS post processing with couple adjustment layers.

13 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Wow ! Very nice. The sky colors (and reflection) make this a beautiful image. Can the shadows be brought up a bit. I see light on the rocks on the right side...but I'd like to see more! And where is this lake?   Posted: 10/01/2020 09:14:50

Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Thanks for your comment!! This was taken with a group of photographers at Mono Lake, California (on Highway 395). Below is the link of many photos you can find from Google.   Posted: 10/01/2020 11:59:18

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
For me this photo is an instant "eye grabber". I am most attracted by the color contrast and your use of the fading light. I like the way you have the light coming in from the left, giving that red glow to the clouds, and then fading to the cooler blues of the late evening sky. I think having the mountains across the lake help accentuate the contrast and are then complimented with the detail seen in the tufa. I also like the way the reflection of the sky on the water helps fill in the negative space of the lower left.

I agree with Paul, in that it might be nice to see a bit more detail in the tufa on the right.
  Posted: 10/07/2020 09:36:08
Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Thanks!   Posted: 10/17/2020 10:26:58

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I love it. My eye is immediately drawn to the upper left and the pop of color from the cloud. The lines of the cloud takes me to the right side and the tufa, from here my eye is drawn to the reflection. In my opinion I like the eye trip around the photo.   Posted: 10/07/2020 16:02:12
Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Thanks!   Posted: 10/17/2020 10:16:43

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Definitely an "eye grabber" as described by Ed. I adjusted the tufa formation using NIK CEP detail extractor at 30% to brush in detail. Tried to not be too heavy handed with it. I like it either way. Well done.   Posted: 10/14/2020 11:57:07
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Jean Wu   Jean Wu
You sure brought up more details on the formation! Thanks!   Posted: 10/17/2020 10:25:37

Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
Truly wonderful light. The sky and the reflection work great. I would look at straightening the horizon and try to bring more detail in the formation on the right.

I'd also try to drop the ISO down (and use a ND filter) to really smooth out the water.   Posted: 10/14/2020 12:07:54
Jean Wu   Jean Wu
I didn't bring up more detail in the formation as I want to keep the sky and reflection as the main focal point. Thanks for pointing out the horizon line and suggestions!   Posted: 10/17/2020 10:23:34

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
I keep coming back to this image to study it before making any comments. It has the potential of being a very dramatic shot. I agree with your vision to keep the sky and reflection as the main interest which makes me think that the rock formations can be omitted altogether. I also found that the sky could use some additional "oomph" and that the reflection was not as evident as I'd like. I think that this image a great example of the sad fact that the sensor can't render a representation of what the human eye actually saw. I made a couple of PP changes - straightened the horizon by 1 degree, cropped out the rocks on the right and added some contrast. I also squared the image after the crop. I think that this is may be closer to what you actually saw.....   Posted: 10/21/2020 09:03:02
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Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Thanks Jerry!! I love your editing but I'd crop differently. Instead of Square, I probably will crop the bottom portion and keep it as Rectangular. :-)   Posted: 10/21/2020 09:47:50
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Jean, as always - YOU - are the final arbiter. I just thought that I break with convention and see how it looked as a square . I also did not want to crop out the reflection that you were able to capture.   Posted: 10/21/2020 13:53:50


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