Challenge: Free Study 2011-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges: Landscape
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Yosemite National Park, CA
Date: May 15, 2011
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2011
|We were very lucky during our long planned visit to Yosemite Valley. The first day was forecast to be the only one with reasonable weather for getting good pictures of the view down the valley. However the "unreasonable" weather that came that night came in the form of fresh snow down to 3,000 feet, well below the level of Yosemite valley. By mid-morning the park officials were allowing most vehicles back into the valley, and when they later opened the road up to Tunnel View we drove up there. The classic view from here would include El Capitan on the left, but it was obscured by clouds. There was an exceptionally heavy snow pack this winter and the waterfalls in the park, including the one you can see here, Bridalveil Fall, were spectacular.
It was hard processing a scene of this scale and with this much detail for a small DPC challenge image. Processed using adobe camera raw and Photoshop CS5. I used NIK's HRD Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro 2 filters. I then increased the overall brightness and applied onone's soft black filter to try and bring out the sculptural elements of the scene. Sharpened, reduced, border added, saved for web.
I hope this scores well enough to make it onto my profile page and stay there for a while...
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