Daily Image - Oct 2013 Archive - sonofjohan
22 Oct 13.  As we drove through the west gate to Glacier National Park, it was just minutes until we were driving along the edge of Lake McDonald. The light was still reasonably dim, but it was easy to see that across the shore there had been significant fire damage. As we continued along the Going to the Sun Highway we were frequently reminded that the park had seen some amount of fire in the past. The 2003 fires, the ones most remembered, burnt only c13% of the park, but the news made it seem like the entire park was ablaze. The fires are an annual event, and contribute to the health of the park, but all too often are characterized as something bad. While in the past the forest service attempted to put every fire out, they are now controlled and allowed to burn themselves out so long as they don't endanger lives or irreplaceable property.  This shot was taken about 1/3 the way across the highway, and is an area in which there is a large pull out and parking along with kiosk and rest rooms for those wanting to take in the burn area from a strong vantage point. In as much as a fire leaves most things burnt, often to a crisp, I thought it served well as a candidate for B&W Tuesday. The entire area on the hillside facing you has been completely burnt. Starting with a color image, I ran a image correction filter on its own layer, then converted it to B&W adjusting the result to my tastes, the added some contrast enhancement to give it a bit more depth, and then added a bit more contrast with a curves adjustment layer. Then the standard conversion for sharing over the web. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/250 sec @ f /10.

22 Oct 13. As we drove through the west gate to Glacier National Park, it was just minutes until we were driving along the edge of Lake McDonald. The light was still reasonably dim, but it was easy to see that across the shore there had been significant fire damage. As we continued along the Going to the Sun Highway we were frequently reminded that the park had seen some amount of fire in the past. The 2003 fires, the ones most remembered, burnt only c13% of the park, but the news made it seem like the entire park was ablaze. The fires are an annual event, and contribute to the health of the park, but all too often are characterized as something bad. While in the past the forest service attempted to put every fire out, they are now controlled and allowed to burn themselves out so long as they don't endanger lives or irreplaceable property. This shot was taken about 1/3 the way across the highway, and is an area in which there is a large pull out and parking along with kiosk and rest rooms for those wanting to take in the burn area from a strong vantage point. In as much as a fire leaves most things burnt, often to a crisp, I thought it served well as a candidate for B&W Tuesday. The entire area on the hillside facing you has been completely burnt. Starting with a color image, I ran a image correction filter on its own layer, then converted it to B&W adjusting the result to my tastes, the added some contrast enhancement to give it a bit more depth, and then added a bit more contrast with a curves adjustment layer. Then the standard conversion for sharing over the web. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/250 sec @ f /10.

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