Daily Image - Oct 2013 Archive - sonofjohan
21 Oct 13.  When we previously visited Glacier National Park a few years back, I was struck by the red color I saw in rocks alongside the road as well as those in a stream bed just beyond one end of the Many Glacier parking lot. The stream bed was empty and I took a 5 shot series of the location and made an almost over the top HDR image to share on this list. It was well received, as was, to a slightly lesser extent, one of the red roadside rocks. So I was hoping to play in those two areas of the park on our return this time, but sorta ran out of time due to weather conditions. But I wasn't disappointed as I was amazed at how much red rock there is in the park. The rocks in the stream bed I shared on Friday seem to be readily available throughout the park, and come in many sizes from pebbles to boulders. You just have to look a bit and you'll find them everywhere. Driving a short distance further along from where I took the shot for Friday's submission, we came upon a pullout to the left of the road that, based on the number of cars there, was going to provide some worthwhile shots, and I wasn't disappointed. From this location I'll share two or three, all different, and all from a few feet apart. This one was shot very near the edge of the pullout and required nothing more than maneuvering a bit to get the composition I desired. The road is immediately to the right of the frame and it follows the McDonald river as it meanders left and right for quite a few miles. I've added quite a bit of micro contrast enhancement to this image to give you a better feel for the amazing colors and textures that were present in the rocks. You can view it best sitting back about two feet from the screen, or at least that's how it best displays on my monitors. The weather was really overcast, the light dull and flat, and with a blue tint, so I've had to do a little work, as follows, to get the colors to show as they should. Starting with the background layer, I added a curves adjustment to darken the rocks in the foreground. Then I applied the detail extraction on a new layer, follow by strongly pushing the contrast to compensate for the flat lighting. Then I adjusted the hues of the red, magenta, and yellows to get everything in balance, finally adding an export  sharpening layer, and then the normal reducing to 8 bit format ( I do the work in 16 bit), setting the color gamut for the screen and flattening all the layers for export as a jpg image. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/80 sec @ f / 9.

21 Oct 13. When we previously visited Glacier National Park a few years back, I was struck by the red color I saw in rocks alongside the road as well as those in a stream bed just beyond one end of the Many Glacier parking lot. The stream bed was empty and I took a 5 shot series of the location and made an almost over the top HDR image to share on this list. It was well received, as was, to a slightly lesser extent, one of the red roadside rocks. So I was hoping to play in those two areas of the park on our return this time, but sorta ran out of time due to weather conditions. But I wasn't disappointed as I was amazed at how much red rock there is in the park. The rocks in the stream bed I shared on Friday seem to be readily available throughout the park, and come in many sizes from pebbles to boulders. You just have to look a bit and you'll find them everywhere. Driving a short distance further along from where I took the shot for Friday's submission, we came upon a pullout to the left of the road that, based on the number of cars there, was going to provide some worthwhile shots, and I wasn't disappointed. From this location I'll share two or three, all different, and all from a few feet apart. This one was shot very near the edge of the pullout and required nothing more than maneuvering a bit to get the composition I desired. The road is immediately to the right of the frame and it follows the McDonald river as it meanders left and right for quite a few miles. I've added quite a bit of micro contrast enhancement to this image to give you a better feel for the amazing colors and textures that were present in the rocks. You can view it best sitting back about two feet from the screen, or at least that's how it best displays on my monitors. The weather was really overcast, the light dull and flat, and with a blue tint, so I've had to do a little work, as follows, to get the colors to show as they should. Starting with the background layer, I added a curves adjustment to darken the rocks in the foreground. Then I applied the detail extraction on a new layer, follow by strongly pushing the contrast to compensate for the flat lighting. Then I adjusted the hues of the red, magenta, and yellows to get everything in balance, finally adding an export sharpening layer, and then the normal reducing to 8 bit format ( I do the work in 16 bit), setting the color gamut for the screen and flattening all the layers for export as a jpg image. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/80 sec @ f / 9.

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