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The Western Divide

December 12th, 2008

Taken facing East during sunset from Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park.

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Posted By: Vinnard
about 9 years, 1 month ago
I like it, plus it is dual screen :D
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about 9 years, 1 month ago
i like it too, but the red light makes it look a little fake.
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Posted By: AdamP
about 9 years, 1 month ago
I like the wide angle and colors, but the washed out highlights on the horizon are very distracting. Maybe next time try exposing once for the sky, and once for the foreground and then soft-stitching them together later, or you could try a soft edge ND grad filter as well, although getting the edges to not show up on a wide angle lens can be tricky.
A little more foreground might have made this picture a little better as well, so the valley at the bottom doesn't get cut off.
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Posted By: stubulman
about 9 years, 1 month ago
Where are the paper planes? Seriously, on my monitor I find myself staring into the chocolate brown void of the sky. I can't get a visual "handle" on the image. Please keep on shooting 'though.
Posted By: stubulman
about 9 years, 1 month ago
Thanks, Trout. I think a little humor (not sarcasm) helps from time to time.
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 9 years, 1 month ago
Agree with AdamP regarding blown highlights. Also as a photo it would be better to see more details in the sky (i.e. clouds, although I know all too well mother nature sometimes doesn't like to play ball). As a wallpaper the clean sky could be a good thing though. Nice shot overall.
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Posted By: Ben Gustafson
about 9 years, 1 month ago
I like that it is dual screen. The lighting looks pretty neat.

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Posted By: Writigraphic
about 9 years, 1 month ago
I think I'd like it better if the sky was a less-brown red color. I've been to the top of Moro Rock, it's a cool hike and very majestic. I think you should submit some of your other pictures you have posted on Flicker, they're very cool.
Posted By: Joel Antunes
about 9 years, 1 month ago
mmm got to say i don't lie it, rule of the thirds? also is hdr which is not my kind of stuff maybe next one i will be amazed?
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 9 years, 1 month ago
Since the sun sets in the west I don't know how you could take a sunset picture facing east. As for the aesthetics, they are a matter of personal taste for the most part and whether I like it - or agree with the photographer's design and composition choices - is irrelevant.
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: I.R.O.C.
about 9 years, 1 month ago
I like it. Great atmosphere on the place that you took this shot.
Posted By: ElectrikLizard
about 9 years, 1 month ago
I have to agree with 'IRON MAN'...
There's just something about that RED ...
Posted By: Tim H.
about 9 years, 1 month ago
WhiteDog: it's okay to take a sunset picture facing the eastern sky. Anyway, I like this one. I'm really glad it got posted!
Posted By: John Reed
about 9 years, 1 month ago
The blowing out in the sky where it meets the mountains would probably be from the use of high pass filters to try to bring out some detail in the picture. I also used an aggressive warming filter (maybe too much?), accounting for the "chocolate brown void of sky". Thanks for the feedback, objective input always helps to improve.
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Posted By: rah
about 9 years, 1 month ago
No matter what, you have to have respect for an artist who responds thoughtfully to criticism. I look forward to your future postings.
Posted By: golf007sd
about 9 years, 1 month ago
The sky just does not look right...passing on the download. Thx for sharing however, maybe next time. :P
Posted By: deuceswild09
about 9 years, 1 month ago
Both your pictures seem to verge on greatness, but you always do something to them that ruins it. The peaches have a bad blurring job, and this one is too manipulated. IMO, if you were to photograph nature as it is you would get much better images.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 9 years, 1 month ago
Certainly you can face east with the sun setting behind you - and get some beautiful clouds with the setting sun lighting them gloriously. But you wouldn't see the sun, which appears in this particular picture to be causing the burnout on the horizon and backlighting the clouds. If you see the sun on the horizon in the evening, you are facing west to south-west, depending on the time of year. But not east. I didn't elaborate before because I though the issue was obvious, but judging by the negative responses to my comment, apparently it's not.

Respecting reeed's efforts to bring out highlight detail, this is easily done in a RAW photo using either the Adobe Camera RAW plug-in in Photoshop CS3 and 4 or with Adobe Lightroom (as well as with other RAW image processing software). If you shoot in JPEG, though, there's not much that can be done. The RAW format has much greater image density than JPEG; highlights in particular have far more detail that can be drawn out with a little post-processing. Shadow detail is also more accessible in a RAW image. Of course, if you're still shooting with film, well, that's another story.

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