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Along the River

November 15th, 2011

Taken on the way out of Yosemite in April of 2010. We stopped several times along the to marvel at the beauty of this place. The contrast of the scene called for HDR, so I bracketed 5 exposures and combined them later in Photomatix. This shot captures the mood of the place when I was there.

Nikon D200, Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix.


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Posted By: Intangible
about 9 years, 11 months ago
This is my favorite of your works so far, when I saw the thumbnail I almost mistook it to be a painting, you definitely have an artistic eye and have captured this scene beautifully.
Posted By: jrronimo
about 9 years, 11 months ago
Absolutely gorgeous. I keep looking back at it and trying to figure out if it's a render or not. I love the little highlights all over the picture. Perfectly shot.
Posted By: jonpacker
about 9 years, 11 months ago
I love the low perspective, the framing, the atmosphere in general. You got that perfect, in my opinion. The framing is just low enough to retain the overpowering sense of height in the mountains. Love that.

I feel this image did not benefit from HDR. In fact, I think it would have been much better without it. So, while you gained some dynamic range, you've thrown the clarity out the window. All of the highlights have this unnatural glowy look about them. On my screen, it just looks blurry. I would love to see what you could have done given the RAW of this, and some well placed graduated filters.
Posted By: gravity71
about 9 years, 11 months ago
i really like this picture. i love the angle, the composition, and the light. but...

i agree with jonpacker when he says that you've throw the clarity of the image out of the window. HDR can improve a picture, but this is just too much. i would love to see the RAW of this photo, too.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 9 years, 11 months ago
This image works just fine for me. It's a touch surreal, but not too far gone.

Indeed, this is one of the few HDR images I've seen on this site that I actually like. I'm usually quite critical of them for their radically unrealistic appearance and distortion of the natural environment. But this picture stays within reasonable bounds in my opinion. Of course, that's all this is, an opinion. I have my own reasons and preferences, but I don't delude myself that they are universally applicable. As the saying goes, YMMV.
Posted By: stubulman
about 9 years, 11 months ago
Very nice subject matter and composition. It looks very secluded.

This is a strange and disconcerting lack of depth of field of in the foreground and midground areas. It translates into a lack of "air" in the image. I wish I could be more complimentary.
Posted By: johnr
about 9 years, 11 months ago
I like this image. The scenery is beautiful, and put together with the way you have taken the photo gives it a 'magical' feel. Works great as my desktop background.
Posted By: Hutt132
about 9 years, 11 months ago
I think is a very good picture. It will stay as my wallpaper for a couple months now.

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