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"Smoky Mountain"

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Copyright: Torbjorn Williams (TBW) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-14
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 350D, Tamron EF 28-200mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-23 12:24
Viewed: 3353
Points: 8
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It was a clear september day, and just as the sun was setting - I saw that the higher altitude winds was creating a little cap cloud on this peak. It is fairly easy to spot the wind direction with these kinds of cloud!
This phenomenon is the tell tale of windy conditions on the mountain, and also usually occurs when the temperature is dropping in the air. It is caused by the air in the valley blowing up the side of the mountain, cooling along the way upward, to the point where the air cant hold the moisture anymore and "sqeezes" it out into the form of water molecules - and there you have a cloud! If the wind wasnt this strong, the cloud would hug the mountain peak much more - often hiding the cap itself.

The sun shining on the peak and also lighting up the cloud made it sort of a mystic arctic atmosphere.

Adjusting levels in the sky to darken it a bit.
Adjusting levels on the mountain to increase contrast.
Dodging and burning

Hope you like it!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-23 14:43]

Lovely lanscape shot with wonderful light on the peak. Good illustration of the weather and a lovely composition



Hi Tobjorn,
I like the lighting of this photo. It accentuate the cloud and summit perfectly. I notice you use levels and dodge and burn on a lot of your photos. I am just wondering, do you this in layers or all on the original? Do you shot in RAW? If so, the different adjustment in levels can also be tackled by merging two exposures and some masking.

great title. It describes the effect really well.

I'm curious about the colour of the rest of the sky though.

I can't quite place it as either grey or blue (I'm slightly colour blind, mostly on shades so don't take this as a critism... just an honest question)


Not sea smoke, but mountain smoke ... ;)

Pretty good smoke though! And I bet up there it is cold too!
I find this mountain rather intriguing: a pyramid on from of a ball... What is the name of this structure? Tfs, J.

PS I like the compo with that lit-up top and the cloud.
The various PP elements are over my head. I trust that the
"sunspot" was there before any PP.

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