Jennifer Doerrie  

Yosemite by Jennifer Doerrie

January 2022 - Yosemite

About the Image(s)

f/8 (due to low light)
1/30 sec. exposure
- 1.3 stop exposure compensation (probably should have increased that and used f/11 or 13)
ISO 500 (had that set on auto due to the low light)
wide angle lens at 10 mm
split neutral density filter used in front of lens

On this late afternoon in Yosemite, there were several storm clouds building in the sky, as well as some random wisps of smoke from a controlled burn fire. These made for a dramatic sky, but I am wondering if it perhaps is too dramatic and consequently distracting. What do you think? Does the sky as it is work, or should I change it? I tried running Photoshop's noise reduction on the sky, but oddly, that seemed to add rather than reduce noise, which did not help. While darker seems to fit the moody weather, would it be better if the image overall was a bit brighter? Thanks for any suggestions you have.

5 comments posted

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
A few quick edits:
Levels: Midtone slider to .73
Brightness to +8
Contrast to 14
Selected sky with quickselect, then used Imaginomics Noiseware: set to HighNoise (Full noise removal)
The DD32 thumbnail doesn't show the whites well in this modification.

  Posted: 01/09/2022 10:54:54
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Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Thanks Wes,
This image does benefit from more contrast, I believe. I think I need to recalibrate my monitor, as I thought I had the contrast set more like you have it here. However, the image I sent to Diana is projecting bright on my monitor now, so something isn't as I believed it to be. Does anyone know if Spyder is still the recommended calibration software? I have a copy, but the CD broke, and it is several years old, so I should replace it anyway. I am not familiar with Imaginomics, but perhaps should investigate.   Posted: 01/09/2022 23:17:07

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Lovely image. The ultra wide angle lens gave you lots of depth of field. The leaves in the foreground add to the depth of the image, and them being slightly out of focus does not bother me. You could always use a mask to not sharpen the sky. I do like what Wes did with the image.   Posted: 01/09/2022 11:41:37

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I like very much this overall view, and I like what Wes suggested.
On my part, I can't (on my screen) quite see sufficient sharpness of the mountains. I suspect a problem with where you focused. At f/8, I think the focus should have been a bit short of infinity so the depth of field would cover the mountains. I liked the old lenses of my youth that had the depth of field ranges marked right on the lens barrel.   Posted: 01/09/2022 19:30:14
Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
I went back and looked at my original, and I believe you are right about it not being as sharp as it should be. I was mostly photographing autumn color and doing some motion blur images with that, and I don't think I took the time to redo my settings very carefully or intentionally. I know better but don't always do better!   Posted: 01/09/2022 23:26:44


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