Jen Carrick  

Intrepid Big Bend Tourists by Jen Carrick

September 2021 - Intrepid Big Bend Tourists

About the Image(s)

Title : Intrepid Tourists
This was taken with the Fuji Xt2 at 200 mm, Iso 200 , !/750 and aperture 4.8
I hope to convey the rugged landscapes and the tourists undaunted by the fierce heat!
I did the usual processing in Lr and PS and took it into Topaz Studio to finish

4 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Jen! I love the way you captured the contrast of the tourists (clearly with rather inappropriate gear) struggling bravely in the heat of the stark wilderness. The haze in the mountains and the sky make one feel the baking heat. I think that you have the makings of two fine images: one of the magnificent landscape, and a tighter crop of the tourists who in the present image come out so tiny that they almost seem to disappear in the scenery. If you have access to the new Topaz Gigapixel app, I think it would help to get the details out in a larger magnification.   Posted: 09/13/2021 01:27:15

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I like the haze that almost obscures the plateau in the background. I would crop the top to thetop of the plateau. The bright featureless sky above the plateau is a distration and complicates the image. I would crop The left at least to the beginning of the small rise in the mid-background or even more, perhaps to move the people off center. The sky in right needs to have some features, but nothing dramatic. Perhaps you could clone and paste the clouds   Posted: 09/13/2021 12:36:07

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Jen, I love this in many respects! First it has a good range of colours and you have provided good detail within the inter dark rock formations.
But the vastness of the landscape is the core message and any changes you may choose to do should not detract from this.

The people add scale and interest (as well as adding some curiosity!) and I don't mind them centrally because they are small in the frame.

I wonder whether using your Lr grad with dehase will add some detail to the sky (but you can erase the shape of the dark peak from your linear grad mask). I like the shapes of the top of your image. But I get a tad confused at the bottom and wonder if the bottom bank adds anything to the story.
It's an image which makes me want to be there!   Posted: 09/17/2021 04:10:27
Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Thanks Adrian,
I appreciate your helpful comments. I includes the sheer cliff at the bottom to emphasize the inhospitable landscape, but might try cropping it more. I will work on the top with the LR grad and dehaze   Posted: 09/18/2021 16:15:19


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