Ellen Bogenschutz  

Crescent Lake, Olympic National Park by Ellen Bogenschutz

January 2022 - Crescent Lake, Olympic National Park

January 2022 - Ellen Bogenschutz


About the Image(s)

This view caught my eye because I so liked the reflection of the Alder trees in the calm lake waters and the cloud shrouded mountains in the background. The sun was peeking through the clouds every so often to light up the highest peak and I so tried to capture that with the camera, too. Unfortunately by the time I got around to shoot this view, the sun no longer was lighting up that spot on the peak. But! Lightroom to the rescue! I did a graduated filter on that peak and just lightened it to imitate the sun kiss I had seen. The image now reflects what I saw that day.
Settings: ISO- 400 Shutter Speed-1/80 Aperture- f/10 61 mm Hand Held

5 comments posted

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Nicely captured and processed. A slight increase in contrast and/or saturation, as well as a slight "dehaze", could give it more of a "punch" but it is all a question of taste!
Looking forward to see more of your images.   Posted: 01/10/2022 13:01:07
Ellen Bogenschutz
Thank you Pierre for your great feedback. As you can see from the original I did work with those trees on the mountain to darken and create more contrast between the Evergreens and the Alders down by the shore. I love the "De-haze" slider and use it on almost all my landscapes. I did also "dodge" that hill with the brush in LR layers. There is quite a bit going on in that image.   Posted: 01/12/2022 11:43:08

Mary Dreckman   Mary Dreckman
Ellen, this is the type of image I am always trying to capture, serene and majestic. I know this area well, as we used to live near Port Ludlow…it is a beautiful spot all times of the year and you captured it well. I am horribly guilty of always shooting in landscape because I sure would love to see more of the view. Great job.   Posted: 01/10/2022 15:35:32
Ellen Bogenschutz
Thankyou Mary. I did read in your bio that you used to live in these parts, I'll have to get your list of your favorite photogenic areas. Yes, the portrait orientation was definitely called for as I wanted the lake reflections and the mountain side and peaks all to appear in the same image. So glad you like it!   Posted: 01/12/2022 11:48:50

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
A grand landscape contains the sky and the horizon. If you feel the lake shore is the horizon, then this would fit the genre of a grand landscape. Landscapes are most pleasing that contain a foreground, mid-ground and background.

My eye goes right to the bright foreground tones of the Alders that contrast well with the hillside behind and extend into the water reflections. My eye circles around that shape naturally. Then my eye moves back to the soft wispy mist hovering low over and through the trees which make up the mid-ground and sets the atmosphere there as being light and airy. Further back the cloudy sky and rocky bare peaks void of vegetation produces a hard, mysterious and brooding mood. I like the juxtaposition of the soft and the hard in a well balanced scene. Nice capture and processing.   Posted: 01/20/2022 16:30:27


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