Albert Zabin  


Mt. Denali by Albert Zabin

July 2021 - Mt. Denali

About the Image(s)

This is Mt. Denali in the dawn’s early light. Taken many years ago with a Nikon f4 and a 24-120 zoom, on a tripod on Kodak Lumiere color film and scanned with a Canon 900 flat bed scanner. Modest reduction in contrast and lightening of the deep shadows.. Most likely at an f/11


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8 comments posted




Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Albert, you captured an amazing sunrise burst of colors. I like the reflection.
Not knowing how old your photograph is, I might wonder if there was some aging going on. There are a number of scartches and dust spots which could be cleaned up in Photoshop or other programs. With the rounded corners, I guess that this is very old. Your photo has that antique look and if that is what you wanted, you did it well. Jim   Posted: 07/13/2021 16:02:44



Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Albert This is a beautiful scenery. Unfortunately being an old and scanned photo, the quality is not that good. It also would have been better if there has been a point of interest or leading line.   Posted: 07/14/2021 04:49:04
Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Thanks everyone for your comments. I don't understand the comments that this is an old picture. Lumiere was a very fine film that produced good colors that were accurate , but nicely vibrant. How do I change the oldness, if doing so would improve the image?The colors have been edited in LR mostly by giving a tad more brightness to the reds on the foreground hill. I do agree that the scan needs some cleaning up   Posted: 07/16/2021 21:16:43



Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Albert. I've been trying to get my hands on a Nikon F4 for a few months now. Great camera. About two weeks ago I got a Nikon FE. Nice little camera to carry around wherever I go. Is this a scan from a film slide? I love the colors that old film produced. Wonderful gradients of purples, indigos and blues with a pop of yellow and orange. The ridge line through the center of the image is an interesting feature and I'm not sure if it reduces or increases the grandeur of Mt. Denali or not. Maybe it is just because it cuts off the base of Mt. Denali that it feels that way. Anyways, I really enjoy the image.   Posted: 07/14/2021 12:35:14
Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Hi Steve,

I think there are leading lines. The composition is really an arrangement of four triangles: the reflection, the ridge, its reflection, the distant shore and Mt. Denali. The lines lead the eye back and fourth through the scene. The real question is, Does the composition work? You do raise a good question about the ridge. Perhaps the composition would be better, if I had not intensified the red foliage on the ridge?   Posted: 07/16/2021 22:15:12
Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Albert, For me, the composition works. The entire mountain is reflected in the lake. That helps with exaggerating the size of Mt. Denali. I think the reason why the ridge line feels awkward to me is because I can't see the distance between it and the base of Mt. Denali. I guess I sense of lack of depth. Not really sure how to explain it. As for the red, not really a bother. The brightest parts of the image are on the mountain and reflected in the lake. Those are sufficient to keep my attention.   Posted: 07/17/2021 00:59:58



Tam Phan   Tam Phan
I think the reflection is nice,good composition.   Posted: 07/14/2021 18:36:09



Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
For the most part, the composition works for me. However, I would have liked to see a bit more room on the right side of the tree and a bit more of the foreground.

I do like the vibrant colors. To my eye it does seem very magenta. You might want to consider changing the hue of the blues to a more bluish and less magenta tone.

  Posted: 07/22/2021 11:34:47
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