19 Mar 15. Today's creative image is of a different kind. Those of you who are familiar with the area, meaning Grand Tetons National Park, will immediately recognize Mt Moran and the surrounding landscape. Just as Tuesday's submission was a shot taken from likely the most singularly photographed spot in the park, that being Ox Bow Bend of the Snake River, where you can go and virtually find the holes labeled for placing your tripod legs, today's is of a similar situation. The challenge then is to create the image of Mt Moran, or the group of mountains, that hasn't been done before. To accomplish that with this view, I elected to isolate the mountain to a significant degree, making it dominant both by height and snow cover when I took the shot. But the lighting that provided for that composition was inappropriate for the trees, leaving them in deep shadow due primarily to my choice of location in taking the shot. But I knew I could "adjust" that in the digital darkroom. So to achieve the "look" I wanted, I used software to selectively brighten just the aspens (like the dodging & burning techniques used in the wet darkroom) to let them appear in their full autumn coloration as they would had they been bathed with full sunlight striking them.. The shot then is a creative simply because you can't get this combination of lighting on the mountains and the trees simultaneously.
The base image was adjusted for max tonality, given a brightness adjustment with a mask to limit it to just the trees, and then a small amount of micro contrast enhancement was added to finish the work.D200; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/640 sec @ f / 7.1.