John Tabaczynski  

Lake Moraine by John Tabaczynski

May 2021 - Lake Moraine

May 2021 - John Tabaczynski


About the Image(s)

This image was taken at Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies, which are my favorite mountains to photograph because the alpine meadows occur at such low elevations, and are easier to hike into. Lake Moraine is a neighbor to the more famous Lake Louise, but I think it is more dramatic. My intent here was to capture the essence of the Canadian Rockies, with rugged peaks, blue glacier fed lakes, and wild flowers eking out an existence from every rocky crack. Post processing was done with Nikon's Capture NX, using the color control points to bring out detail in the snow, and develop other local edits. I also warmed the overall color balance which I felt gave the image a more pleasing appearance. The crop tightened the composition. In my large print you can see the boulder trails in the snow and the detail is exquisite. Some of my club members feel the bottom portion is too heavy with the rocks and flowers, and should be cropped. I do not agree. This is an image about place and to me all the elements are needed.

5 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Tab, I respect your artistic reasons to include the foreground, especially for the rule of thirds, but it needs something happening in the foreground. I used the dodge tool, 8% highlights to bring out the flowers in the rock, giving a lead-in line to the three pines and the snow on the mountain trails. Let me know what you think of this idea. Jim   Posted: 05/01/2021 08:34:49

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
  Posted: 05/01/2021 08:36:42
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John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski
I like it. It gives an extra pop to the blossoms and helps bring the viewer back into the center as their eye roams through the image.

Tab   Posted: 05/01/2021 09:55:17

Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Tab, sorry for not getting involved earlier. So let's get to it. First, I think you have submitted a wonderfully powerful image. I love the rocks kind of intruding into the foreground and really setting the image. For me, they establish the horizon line, where the three trees appear behind them, from which I will begin to explore the image. I like the textures, colors and the contrast elements in the image. I have tried to image what the image would look like without the partial tree on the right. I don't know if it makes the image too vertical.   Posted: 05/12/2021 07:39:44
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John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski
Hi Steve, Thanks for the input. WRT the tree on the right..... I felt I needed a RH frame for this image, as the lake bends out of view to the right and there are 5 more peaks not visible from this vantage point. In my mind I needed a closure on that side. I also have images where I have included more of the forest to the RH side but I liked the thinner edging here. I may try a version where I put more of the tree into the frame to see how that feels. I have ventured further to the left and have some images that peek around the corner and perhaps I will someday process one or two for commentary. Tab   Posted: 05/12/2021 11:48:30


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