First Fall Color by stiann

I went up in the mountains of western Norway yesterday to check on the progress of fall color. I’d say it’s at a…20% of a potential 100%. 🙂 Still nice though. This image is a small focus stacked panorama with lots of fine detail in it, maybe too much for web purposes. You really want to hit the M key to view the actual resolution and minimize muddiness. I did not increase the saturation of the reds as such, I had to reduce them after some contrast adjustments. I left them a little overwhelming as true to the actual colors. Annoyingly, when I arrived, there was a rainbow going right down into the V shape of the ravine in front, but by the time I got the gear out and found something resembling a comp, it was gone! Well, I guess people can do without another rainbow.

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Home of the Giants by stiann

In this landscape the fjord areas of western Norway transitions into the high mountains of Jotunheimen, by any measure the most spectacular mountain range in Norway and home to the tallest peaks in Northern Europe. The name Jotunheimen stems from Norwegian folklore and roughly translates into “Home of the Jotuns”, “Jotuns” being giants or the largest type of troll. Not the modern internet ones though. The trolls roaming around here are of the kind you really really don’t want to run into!

As seen in the foreground, these mountains are completely covered by boulders left behind by glaciers of various ice ages. There isn’t a level surface to be found anywhere and of course there’s no vegetation because of altitude. It’s definitely not the place to bring a tent and it takes time to move around because of the terrain. To the left you can see Store Skagastølstind, commonly dubbed “the big one” among climbers.

A mix and match of 46 images. The sunstar got a bit of a oval shape because of the way I put this together, but…I can live with it.

Any feedback appreciated. If you have some CC then by all means don’t hold back. I won’t hate you for it, rather the opposite. But please be specific. Describe what you would have done differently in shooting and processing the scene. Thanks for stopping by.

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