Jason Stewart  

Flowinng Sky by Jason Stewart

September 2021 - Flowinng Sky

About the Image(s)

This was taken in West Glacier National Park. I was hiking the adjacent mountain to photograph a waterfall when I looked across and saw the clouds rushing by in the high winds. I had always wanted to do a long exposure with moving clouds so I set up my tripod with a 10 stop ND filter and did some exposures.

This was taken with a Canon 5Diii and Canon 16-35mm 15 sec. f/10 35mm ISO 500

4 comments posted

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Cool image Jason. Love the clouds and the way they are kissing the peak of the mountain. The 10 stop filter worked well for smoothing out the clouds. I would like to see more detail in the foreground, seems a little dark. Also there is a really bright section on the left side of the frame that I would darken a little. It really draws my attention to that area. I can understand why you stopped to photograph the mountain. I think I would have done so even with the clouds. I would like to see that landscape in color as well.   Posted: 09/09/2021 12:29:57

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Hi Jason, I really like images like this. Not sure the creamy clouds help it. If there were some tack-sharp contrasty billowy clouds, it would be so very Ansel. Still I like it as-is.   Posted: 09/11/2021 07:44:54

Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
I really like black and white images. I do like the smooth, soft clouds and believe more detail by opening up the shadows in the foreground would help offset the softness of the sky. The evergreens in the foreground nicely frame the mountain and visually keep the viewer contained in the image.   Posted: 09/11/2021 08:44:12

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
The beauty of B/W is using the full tonal range. In this image you have very few mid tones and that results lost of shadows and highlights. You have several choices to resolve this. You can resort to lots of dodging and burning (in this case dodging mostly) to bring in tones to the forest area. You can also adjust the red and blue color channels in layers. Making those adjustments will bring out quite a bit of detail in the shadows. I'd either crop the bright area on the left, or add a gradient filter to tone it down.   Posted: 09/16/2021 12:53:45


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