Richard White  

Mountains in the Clouds by Richard White

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About the Image(s)

Name: Mountains in the clouds

Equipment: Camera: Canon Camera 5D Mark III
Lens Canon EF 14-105, F/4L, IS USM
Tripod: HandHeld

Date July 28, 2012

Settings: F16, 1/6,1/25,1/100, ISO 400, Bracketed +2, 0, -2

Description: Alaska, Denali Mountain in the clouds

On our drive in Alaska to see Mt. Denali we stopped at this point to see the mountains near Mt. Denali. I found the riverbed took my eye along the plains in the foreground toward the lower ranges with color and into the cloud banks and finally the majestic mountains in the background. This photo really gives the individual seeing it, the qualities of Alaska, mountains, riverbeds and color that draws you to admire the wilderness of our national parks.

I processed the photos in Photomatix Pro 6.1.2, Balanced. Made some adjustments and I then moved the photo to Photoshop and adjusted the sky and made several small adjustments.

5 comments posted

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
This has wonderful complementary colors. The s-curve of the riverbed leads the eye into the mountains and adds a lot of interest and energy to the image. I like that the bottom of the image is dark which forces my eye up to the mountains. It appears to me that the closest mountains are really soft (could be my how the image is displayed on my monitor) which may be the results of handholding for the lighter images. I would consider a crop up from the bottom, but that is just me.   Posted: 06/03/2021 16:11:54

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
The colors on the mountains are simply an overwhelming attention grabber. The heavy shadow at the bottom acts as a part of the whole alpen glow process. It simply feels like someone is lowering a blind and revealing the scene. While not necessary, the road makes for a serene leading line.

I noticed the "softness" in the near mountain and decided that it may just be part of the processing from Photomatrix.

Like Michael suggested, I would crop a sizeable chunk from the bottom. k As it is it detract the from incredible top.   Posted: 06/03/2021 18:47:06

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
My first impression was that this is like a fairytale. Slightly unrealistic, but I a way that makes you dreaming about a Soria Moria castle. In a picture like this, I am not so focused on sharpens and technical details, it is all about mood. And here you have succeeded! Only one small detail; I would cropped or cloned the small light dot in the right lower corner.   Posted: 06/10/2021 02:55:08

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
This image has amazing colors, and it creates an almost otherworldly mood. I love the way the clouds hug the mountains, and the leading lines created by the river in the foreground. I find myself agreeing with Arne, the sharpness of the mountains isn't as important as the mood the scene and colors create. I did take a look at the originals, and it does seem that the softness might be an artifact of Photomatrix combining the images, since the originals seem a little sharper, but I'm not sure I see that as a problem in this case.   Posted: 06/11/2021 23:45:43

Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Beautiful image and location. I like the road leading to the mountains, the colors, the light, etc. I agree with cropping the bottom. For me I like to use a 2:1 ratio.   Posted: 06/17/2021 19:40:21


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