Jason Stewart  


McDonald Creek by Jason Stewart

January 2022 - McDonald Creek

About the Image(s)

This photo is of Mcdonald Creek in Glacier National Park. Taken last August. I used a tripod and polarizing filter.
Canon 5Diii, Canon 24-105mm 2 sec. f/8 60 mm iso 400. The sky was an overcast grey due to the smoke from the wildfires so I used the sky replacement. For the most part I try to stay as pure as I can however I feel the sky fit here.


6 comments posted




Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
Beautiful photo Jason. Thanks for your honesty regarding the sky replacement. I think it fits here too, given the fires in the west this year. It would have been really great if you could have captured a hint of the sky color in the smooth water.   Posted: 01/04/2022 19:01:54
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
That is lack of reflection is one of the tells that judges use to spot this type of post work.   Posted: 01/06/2022 19:12:50



Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Mostly I like this image. Most of the composition works although I think a slightly lower camera position bringing the viewer into the scene would be stronger. I feel the visual weight of the image hangs on the right side. That massive wall of dark stone and topped with dark trees give the image a ponderous feeling. Part of that might be cropped but a better choice might be to open those black holes in the rocks. Remember when you stood there your eyes could see into those shadow areas because your eyes have greater dynamic range than the camera. But that can be addressed in LR or PS. You could also lighten the trees and even dodge some life into the dead reddish tree on the cliff. Again, remember when you were there that side of the image was not black---there was some life and that can be brought back.

While your sky replacement is well done look at the light on the rocks on the left side. The light striking the rock comes from high in the sky as it is coming down onto the rocks. Note the high portion of the rocks left are being burned by the light. Now look at your sky. The clouds at the top are dark and the lower clouds are where the light is coming from. Thus a sky that had brighter high clouds with some open space and lower clouds that were more solid would be a better match. You also might look at bringing some tint into the water---because your clouds have a great deal of color that should reflect onto the water and perhaps even slightly tint those rocks on the left that are a bit burned. All this can be done with the new adjustment tools in LR. MattK (you can find him on Youtube) has some excellent videos if you want to learn the technique.   Posted: 01/07/2022 13:52:08



Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Hey Jason nice spot to be in with that little water falls and rock formations. Most of us camera geeks would love to spend some time there. I will agree the the otheres the sky is beautiful but does not work well with this image. The foreground should reflect more of the light source to make it really work. The image seems a little out of balance and I supect its beause of the source of light. If the light was coming from the upper right of the image the darker right side of the the rock face and trees would not seem so unbalanced. I would try replacing the sky with another. I still like the image. Just a little tweaking with that skycould go a long ways.
  Posted: 01/10/2022 14:58:50



Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Hey Jason nice spot to be in with that little water falls and rock formations. Most of us camera geeks would love to spend some time there. I will agree the the otheres the sky is beautiful but does not work well with this image. The foreground should reflect more of the light source to make it really work. The image seems a little out of balance and I supect its beause of the source of light. If the light was coming from the upper right of the image the darker right side of the the rock face and trees would not seem so unbalanced. I would try replacing the sky with another. I still like the image. Just a little tweaking with that skycould go a long ways.
  Posted: 01/10/2022 14:58:52



Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Jason a nice photo in a great location. I don't know what lens mm you shot at but appears to be on the very wide end, maybe 24mm. The trees on the sides look a little distorted. Applying the lens profile adjustment, such as the one available in Lightroom, would fix that. Also, the clouds in your replacement sky are level, but the water in the stream near the waterfall tilts to the right a bit. I think leveling the water and re-doing the sky would help the image. Also agree with lightening up the shadows on the right side of the image. Thanks.   Posted: 01/15/2022 17:13:47



 

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