29 Oct 13. Continuing along the Highway to the Sun, still being chased and frequently overrun by fog, we came to the area just about a mile west of the visitor's center where we saw all the mountain goats on our previous visit a few years back. No goats this time however, actually, no animals at all, but lots of moisture floating around in the air and a light frosting of fresh snow on the mountain from the previous night. Since there was nothing more than rock and water, I thought I'd play with the clouds as they played hide & seek with the rocks. It was a rather interesting show as the mounds of granite would appear for a few seconds, disappear behind the clouds, only to reappear again to repeat the sequence; on and on and on. After about 30 minutes of trying to capture what I was observing in a different fashion, and not succeeding, we moved on to the visitors center to have a look at what might be presenting itself in the meadows beyond. Starting with the base image, I added a little enhancement to the clouds, removed some unwanted side effects caused by the enhancement, converted the image to B & W, and finally made a global contrast adjustment to get the exact balance I wanted in the shadows (black) and highlights (white). Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/320 @ f /11.
30 Oct 13. For those of you familiar with Glacier National Park, today's submission was taken just beyond the viewing site for the 492 foot high Bird Woman Falls. I shot it standing in the road, so the road would be just below the bottom of the image. There was a very small portion of the road in the LRH corner, but it was more distracting than it was providing helpful information, so I loped it off. The clouds were really rolling up the mountainside, putting on quite a show, so we stopped and shot for perhaps 30 minutes in this particular location. Apparently a lot of others were also enjoying the show, because at times the parking area was overflowing. The color we had come to shoot was just barely beginning to show, so I've "cheated" a wee bit and enhanced it to what it might have been, and likely was, about a week to 10 days later. One of the most attractive aspects of this park for my taste would be the rock formations, be they pebbles or mountains. There is so much red, in various shades, in these rocks that one is hard pressed not to be spending a goodly amount of time just looking at them. Take a good look at this image to get an idea of what I mean. There is more color than you might realize with just a quick look-see. Since Wednesday is the day I'm supposed to try for something fine art, my approach for this image was to try and make the clouds "active." Slide back from your screen a few feet and perhaps you will get the feel that they are moving outward towards you, and they were us when I took the shot. Here is how I did this. Starting with the base image, I began by cropping out extraneous material, then did some global contrast adjustments. Then I performed some rather strong detail enhancement to the clouds and to a lessor degree the rocks. That effort was where I tried to make the clouds seem real. Next I did a slight red increase as I mentioned earlier, followed by a creative layer addition which was reduced in opacity to just 37% of the creative effort. Then I added a noise removal layer which was applied only to the clouds again to help make them jump out. And then finalized it as I do all the images for sharing. Nikon D300s; 18 - 20; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/80 sec @ f /16.
31 Oct 13. What with Theatrical Thursday and All Hallows Eve falling on the same day, I simply couldn't resist trying my hand at something for the occasion. So today's submission will bear no resemblance to anything I've ever shared prior. A small hint is that it isn't a static image, but you must take it from there. It required 16 layers to create, and was a bit of a challenge to do as I've never tried anything quite like this before. So that's all I'm going to say about it other than it started out as at ISO 200; 1/160 sec @ f / 9, Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture priority.