Lago Viola by A_Mottarella

Il Lago Viola colorato d’autunno e d’inverno. (Val di Campo, Svizzera)

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Glory by PerriSchelat

Sharing some photos from my trip to Glacier National Park last month with Ryan Dyar and Miles Morgan. I had the best time getting to know these two wonderful photographers. It was such a fine group of people whom I hope to stay in touch with. Lot’s of different backgrounds and ages with a common interest in photography.
This image was the bane of my existence for about 3 weeks during processing. In the field I had to contend with high winds, using high ISO’s and fast shutter speeds in low light to freeze these yellow rascals while they were whipping around in the wind. I was very close to the flowers, which would normally push the limits of sharp depth of field with any wide angle lens, so that meant collecting different focus points for blending in post processing. Hand blending flowers in post processing is time consuming, unforgiving and detailed work. I was close to the flowers, but I made sure not to get to low as to lose the visual of flowers extending into the distance. I did a bit of a perspective adjustment to the mountain, by shifting my lens downward creating a wide angle distortion that would make the mountain appear taller.
Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.
Hidden Lake, Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier NP, Montana

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Starry Alpine Reflection by nightscape

Milky Way over alpine lake near Hayden Peak, on the edge of the High Uintas Wilderness, Utah. Photographed last week with three of my workshop alumni friends. Incredibly, clear and dark skies that night. A little post-processing contrast was all that was needed to bring out the latent colors of the starry night sky! (Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 @ f/2.0 • 13 sec • ISO 6400.)

PHOTO TIP: A second, longer exposure (30 seconds) for the foreground produces a better Milky Way sky reflection in the water. This exposure is blended with the shorter sky exposure (13 seconds) via Photoshop’s Layers. 13″ gives me perfectly round stars in the Central Bulge area, using the 24mm lens on a full frame camera. 30″ produces elliptical or egg-shaped stars (due to the earth’s rotation), but we tend to overlook this imperfection in a lake reflection. If I were using a wider, 14mm lens, I’d need to use a 20 to 25 seconds exposure for the sky and 45 to 60 seconds for the foreground. I usually double these foreground exposure times if there is no water present (in order to obtain even more shadow detail for my foreground objects). When exposing longer than 30 seconds, I typically turn on the camera’s “Long Exposure Noise Reduction” function (Note: some camera’s will benefit from the LENR function even for exposures under 30″ — my Canon 5DM3 is fairly noise-free up to 30″.)

My new ebook, “Milky Way NightScapes,” gives extensive details on my style of starry night landscape photography. Four chapters cover planning, scouting, forecasting star/landscape alignment, light painting, shooting techniques and post processing.

Grand Teton Workshop: Only two spots left in my 2nd Teton workshop (July 19-23).
Arches/Canyonlands Workshop: Only three spots left in my 2nd Arches workshop (August 10-14).

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