Pamela Hoaglund  

Foothills Sunrise by Pamela Hoaglund

November 2021 - Foothills Sunrise

About the Image(s)

I just got home from eight days in the Smoky Mountains. This image was taken at sunrise from a pull off on the Foothills Parkway at the north end of the park. It was a three shot bracketed image (-2, 0, +2). Images were combined in ON1 2022 RAW. Taken with my Sony 7RM3, Sony 70-300 lens, ISO 100, f/8, with base shutter speed 1/3 sec. On a tripod. I tried to include the original base image but having trouble with a program crashing.

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4 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
What a scene! Both the hills and the sky are killer. This is such a nice shot I couldn't resist playing with it. Without seeing the original images it's not possible to say if the automatic blending of the images produced the best result. In my processing, it often doesn't. Sometimes I use the HDG produced by LR, my usual program for making an HDR, as another layer to blend into the image in PS. In other words, taking the parts I like from that layer and using parts of the original images, manually selecting portions from each exposure. I'm getting better at luminosity masking which is challenging but effective. For your image. I cropped off some of that lovely sky, dodged the clouds int the valley, and using painting with color and contrast, tried to add more punch to the colors in the hills. I finished with a slight vignette.   Posted: 11/09/2021 12:05:38
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Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Stunning scene! I love the low rolling mist and colorful sky. Mike's version does have more punch, but I prefer your crop as the pink/grey is very pleasing. Also in your crop the opposing diagonal lines of grey clouds and grey mountains converge to the right and lead the eye across the image.   Posted: 11/13/2021 14:01:34

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I find this image very visually pleasing. Living near the Ozarks, I often see these cloud layers in the valleys, but find them difficult to capture with the same impact they have to my eye; however I believe you have succeeded. I think Mike's suggestion to crop at the top works well. For one thing, it keeps the horizaon out of the center, and secondly, for me, it causes my eye to go right to that cloud layer where the "party" is. I have not other suggestions exept to print it and put it on your wall.   Posted: 11/15/2021 12:28:22

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
What a lovely sky, and nice rolling hills that lead my eye over and around the scene. The frost in the valley is an added attraction. My one suggestion is to punch up the background large hills a small amount. They are interesting but the light makes them less obvious.
I agree with Mike's crop which adds interest to the hills.   Posted: 11/18/2021 12:40:10