Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA  


SMOKY MOUNTAIN RIDGELINES by Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA

May 2022 - SMOKY MOUNTAIN RIDGELINES

May 2022 - Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA

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About the Image(s)

Our recent trip to Great Smoky Mountain NP was planned around wild flowers and waterfalls. While I photographed many, I also took the opportunity to capture some landscapes. This image from Clingmans Dome was a 3 image HDR that was processed in LR-HDR, then adjusted for contrast and sharpness. I masked the sky in in LR with a gradient filter and converted to B&W, then added a vignette and used B&W profile 01 in LR to adjust the overall image.

Captured on Canon R6 with 24-105mm Lens at 105mm, 1/400 sec, f/10. ISO 800 in a 3 shot burst +/- 2 stops on a tripod.

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5 comments posted




Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Your processing plan and execution worked very well. Even in our 8-bit jpeg rendering the subtle tonal variations look natural and convey the mood and depth in this landscape.   Posted: 05/16/2022 17:09:55
Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Thanks, Allen. I always try to keep it 'natural'.


  Posted: 05/23/2022 16:12:54



Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
I've had the chance to visit this amazing park several times and this is one of my favorite viewpoints. This image really captures the "smoky-ness" of the Smokies while retaining detail in the shadows. My only concern is that the sky seems a bit noisy on my screen. Perhaps some selective blur might be in order.   Posted: 05/18/2022 12:49:32
Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Thanks, Henry.

You have excellent eyes! In the rush to get it submitted while on the road, I couldn't run it through my normal Aurora HDR, Topaz DeNoise AI, and Topaz Sharpen AI. I am sure that it could be better. Again, thanks for being honest with your review, it keeps me on my toes and tells me not to take shortcuts.

  Posted: 05/23/2022 16:19:16



Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Returning to this photo, I feel that the featureless bright sky detracts from your wonderful treatment of the tones and textures in the mountains. Tried cropping out most of the sky. This horizontally weighted frame compliments the predominantly horizontal lines in the landscape.   Posted: 05/23/2022 23:27:51
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