Daily Image - Oct 2013 Archive - sonofjohan
02 Oct 13.  Continuing east on I-90 through Idaho you come to an area known apparently, if only by the freeway signage, as Rose Lake. Since I've never made note of that location before, I don't know if the image I'm sharing is the actual Rose Lake or just some wetlands in its vicinity. Regardless, it is a beautiful area  and located a short travel time before hitting the mountain area passes. As we were passing by we couldn't help but be aware of the continuously building vapors in the air around us, and at one point I decided that the roadside view was something worth attempting to record, so we pulled off the freeway sufficiently to be out of danger and I snapped a few frames as well as got a break from driving.  The view was lovely, and I foolishly tried to capture the material hand held when I should have been employing a tripod as the lighting conditions were very harsh, so I unfortunately didn't get nearly as much properly recorded material as I wanted, but a couple of frames survived my shaky hands. This is one of them and  the second of what I hope will be a regular Wednesday fine art effort; I made version in both color and B&W and we'll go with the color version. Of interest to me was that the clouds were actually picking up some of the color being reflected off the ground; gives you a little idea of how low they were in places. This image began with a single frame which I used twice, once for the highlights, and again for the shadows. The two versions were layered on top one another, one masked so as to remove the highlights in it allowing for one flattened layer properly exposed for both highlights and shadows. I then added micro contrast emphasis to the clouds on a new layer, combined that with the previous layers, employed some noise reduction to the clouds to balance the micro contrast manipulation previously applied, and finally did a global color and contrast adjust manipulating the blues ever so slightly. All that was flattened and given an sRGB color gamut for viewing.  Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/1000 sec @ f / 9.

02 Oct 13. Continuing east on I-90 through Idaho you come to an area known apparently, if only by the freeway signage, as Rose Lake. Since I've never made note of that location before, I don't know if the image I'm sharing is the actual Rose Lake or just some wetlands in its vicinity. Regardless, it is a beautiful area and located a short travel time before hitting the mountain area passes. As we were passing by we couldn't help but be aware of the continuously building vapors in the air around us, and at one point I decided that the roadside view was something worth attempting to record, so we pulled off the freeway sufficiently to be out of danger and I snapped a few frames as well as got a break from driving. The view was lovely, and I foolishly tried to capture the material hand held when I should have been employing a tripod as the lighting conditions were very harsh, so I unfortunately didn't get nearly as much properly recorded material as I wanted, but a couple of frames survived my shaky hands. This is one of them and the second of what I hope will be a regular Wednesday fine art effort; I made version in both color and B&W and we'll go with the color version. Of interest to me was that the clouds were actually picking up some of the color being reflected off the ground; gives you a little idea of how low they were in places. This image began with a single frame which I used twice, once for the highlights, and again for the shadows. The two versions were layered on top one another, one masked so as to remove the highlights in it allowing for one flattened layer properly exposed for both highlights and shadows. I then added micro contrast emphasis to the clouds on a new layer, combined that with the previous layers, employed some noise reduction to the clouds to balance the micro contrast manipulation previously applied, and finally did a global color and contrast adjust manipulating the blues ever so slightly. All that was flattened and given an sRGB color gamut for viewing. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/1000 sec @ f / 9.

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