Looking Back – Eastern View of the Sierra Nevada Mountains


Look Back from the Drive Up California State Hwy 120 Leading to the East Entrance of Yosemite National Park.

Look Back from the Drive Up California State Hwy 120 Leading to the East Entrance of Yosemite National Park.

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12 Comments on “Looking Back – Eastern View of the Sierra Nevada Mountains

  1. Hi Tim, crit as requested………!
    Impressive mountains and the opposing and interlaced diagonals help to balance the forces. Subject matter that makes a perfect monochrome. Some things for consideration…..in other words, this is what I might have done if this were my photo. The light at altitude can be harsh, especially as this seems to be a very dry area, so maybe the virtually non existent aerial perspective might be conjured up in editing so that the distant flanks get some reduced contrast and added haziness. The dark sky works well, though apart from the white cloud, it’s featureless and might benefit from a subtle gradient, though it does contain the foreground very well. I probably would experiment with some tone mapping in the darker right foreground so that the detail is a little stronger: and the light area, left foreground may need some more mid tones.
    The tonality works well with the dark areas and the lighter areas balancing each other out.
    This is a great Ansel look alike and you know what I’m like for tweaking my photos. I might even have tried some duotones or vignetting as well.
    Regards
    John

    • John, wonderful suggestions. Your great at this critiquing. A very calm and self effacing style, something I can defiantly learn from. I’ve not played with the duotones much and the tonal mapping, they seem like a great projects to do.
      This image was taken from a color one that I had used a graduated filter from the sky downward. I think I should have gone back to a previous version of the color prior to using the graduated filter. Then applied it to the b&w. That might have changed the tones in a better way. The mid-tones in the foreground definitely needs work. I tried reducing the exposure here but that seemed too harsh.
      John, thank you. You’re a great teacher.

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