Pamela Hoaglund  

Sunset by Pamela Hoaglund

September 2021 - Sunset

About the Image(s)

I took this image several weeks ago while at Mt Rainier National Park for evening/night photography. One highlight in this view is the crescent moon between the two tall fir trees. I always checkout sunset from this viewpoint when I go to the mountain. The one thing I’m having an issue with in this image is the lighting or silvery look on the tree limbs. Any thoughts or suggestions? Wondering if it is just the light from the sunset. I did initial processing in the native phone editing program. I then did a little touch up in Snapseed.

8 comments posted

Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
Does the native phone editing program include sharpening? Looking at the foliage on the tree tops you can see what could be a sharpening "halo" or the same effect of sunset lighting.It is a lovely image and the effect on the tree trunks actually looks natural to me.   Posted: 09/03/2021 08:04:46

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Nice image Pamela.

Your concern about the ice look one the tree branches? This comes from too much sharpening or too much contrast. Try going back into the native camera edits and just make a few changes in contrast and do not sharpen. Then open in snapseed and start over. Using true image, try Ambiance both ways in Tune Image. Again do not sharpen in Details. If Ambiance does not work for you just play around with Highlights and Shadows in Tune Image. My idea is to pull down Highlights and Open up Shadows. Ambiance does both together but is not always controable? Jerry   Posted: 09/03/2021 08:05:23
Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Thanks for your technical explanation Jerry!   Posted: 09/06/2021 12:38:05
Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Thanks I will try that.   Posted: 09/06/2021 16:57:40

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
The trees above the horizon line seem okay to me. I would like to see something like a Gradient tool used on the dark bottom half of the frame. There seems to be some detail there that could come out. Perhaps the Shadow slider? Do we even have a Gradient tool in our kit?   Posted: 09/04/2021 06:52:52

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Good job. The colors and various patterns in the sky serve as a perfect backdrop for the trees. Good location for the trees and overall a neat photo.   Posted: 09/06/2021 12:45:31

Bob Barley   Bob Barley
This is a nice shot. You had the right idea. (I hope you also took the shot with a full-frame DSLR and in camera raw. There are times when our 'phone cameras can't manage things perfectly.) I agree with Jerry, plus I have found that too much "ambience" slider will create halos. Here's an idea: Turn the image into BW. Use "tune image" to brighten the little moon spot (and brush out the rest) to make it more prominent. I tried that, but found lots of jpeg artifacts in the sky. The original should be more forgiving.

  Posted: 09/06/2021 18:02:03

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Like the starkness of the slim trees and colorful cloud lines in the sky along with teeny moon. Shapes all compliment each other. Part of tree in lower right is a bonus. Lots of good/interesting advise on dealing with bottom of trees.   Posted: 09/14/2021 07:56:03


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