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Sawyer Glacier by Cindy Bilinsky

January 2022 - Sawyer Glacier

January 2022 - Cindy Bilinsky


About the Image(s)

This is an image of Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska. Sawyer Glacier starts in British Columbia and flows over 50 miles southeast of Juneau, Alaska. This was taken late in the afternoon about 2 hours before sunset. There were many icebergs floating in the water and the surrounding air was very damp and warmer than the water. This caused the fog to hang in the mountain tops. Since this is a fjord there is a narrow channel of water leading up to the glacier with steep mountains on both sides. The lighting and atmosphere were somewhat of a challenge for me to capture this image due to the muted, flat lighting.

Canon 60D
Tameron 70-200
shot at 70 focal length
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/100

7 comments posted

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Wow, What a great oportunity for you. You certinly have captured the mood of being cold and damp. Being a southern guy I am shrivering just looking at the image. I was wondering what if anything you done in post, because I can't see much differrence between the orginal and the posted image. I took the optunity to edit the image a bit,hope you don't mind. I darkened the sides of the mountain just a little to help place more enphsis on the Glacier. The Glaicer is the story and I think it needed to stand out a little bit more. Maybe someday I will get to take a trip up notrh above the Mason Dixen Line.   Posted: 01/10/2022 14:40:12
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Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
Thank you for your response. I apologize I didn't add my post processing information. Actually, your comment that you can't see the difference is a compliment as the adjustments were subtle. I opened up the shadows, I did color correction and made a slight straightening adjustment. If you look at the fog you can see the color is a little warmer reflecting the warm tones in the mountains. I can understand your approach to darkening the mountains. I opened the shadows to show the existing color and texture. Yes, Alaska is a beautiful state with so much to see and explore.   Posted: 01/10/2022 14:53:43

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Love photos of glaciers and icebergs so this is a treat. Don't have ice in Florida unless it is in a glass!

The first thing I noticed is the the water level is not straight--it tilts to the right--the ice may not float away, but the water will. :-)

To my eye the image is flat and quite lifeless. You could likely get more out of it by adjusting the white and black points. Try adding some clarity and even opening some shadows with the adjustment brush.

Your sensor is really dirty and there are lots of dust spots.

  Posted: 01/10/2022 15:06:03
Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
The tilt of the water is one of those visual frustrations. I straightened the image using the grid. It was straight but visually it doesn't look straight. In cases such as this what is the best way to handle an image? Should it be straightened according to the grid or what looks visually correct. You are absolutely correct the sensor was dirty and I was going fix that was distracted and didn't follow through. I don't even have ADHD.   Posted: 01/10/2022 15:44:48

David Kepley   David Kepley
Cindy, I've also been lucky enough to take shots of glaciers in AK. What a thrill! I agree with Richard that you might consider darkening the mountains to put greater emphasis on the glacier. I like the fog in the background. It give the shot a sense of mystery.   Posted: 01/12/2022 10:46:37

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Cindy I think this is an image with great potential. I don't know how you edit your photos, but Lightroom Classic is itching to get its "hands" on it. In LR you could use the "Transform" function - just by clicking "Auto" the lines of both the water and ice would be leveled. I like the edits Richard and Larry suggested and would also try de-hazing a bit and adding vibrance and clarity to the ice. Also crop a little off the top. Oh heck, I just went ahead and tried this stuff in LR. Image attached.   Posted: 01/15/2022 16:55:15

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
  Posted: 01/15/2022 16:58:02
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