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Over the clouds

Over the clouds
Photo Information
Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-20
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 52mm HOYA Circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: The High Tatras
Theme(s): Coasties Favourites, Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-24 12:25
Viewed: 5075
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cheers folks :)

I'm back from my little trip to the High Tatras and ready to re-join the TN community :)

It's been a lovely trip, full of funny and relaxing moments...but also clouds, unfortunately :(
Basically it's been fully overcast almost 90% of the time there...so i could get the best possible lights and colors out of the charming sights i've seen.

However, i found a way to evade the cloudy atmosphere :)) - i went on top of them :))

This is my first real landscape shot here on TN and also my first ever LargePost: a stitch of 5 shots taken from 2634 meters, on top of Lomnický štít, the second highest peak in the High Tatras after the Gerlachov Peak.

Something about it:
The first ascent was done by local shoemaker and amateur miner Štefan Fábry around years 1760-1790, but the first recorded ascent was done by the English traveller Robert Townson with guide on 16 August 1793 and he measured almost precisely the height of the peak (2633 m). The first winter ascent was done in 1891.

In the past, Lomnický štít was called Dedo ("Granddad"). Before the 19th century, the peak was also thought to be highest of all.

Since 1940, tourists can reach the peak by the cable car, which was the most modern in Europe at the time of opening, but it is allowed to stay on the top of the peak only for 50 minutes. It is also possible to climb the peak from Lomnický saddle, but it is only permitted with mountain guide.

Hope you'll like it :)

PS: no exif on this one since it's a stitch.
Part of the info from Wikipedia

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To simon182: thank you, Simonhoria 2 03-02 15:51
To Evelynn: hi and thankshoria 1 02-26 12:07
To cicindela: next time: Poland :)horia 4 02-25 06:19
To cedryk: next time: Poland :)horia 1 02-25 05:02
To anahory: Panorama Makerhoria 1 02-24 12:43
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Hello Horia!
It is nice to hear that you came back Romania in one piece! ;)
And my congratulation because of very good landscape photo! Impressive panorama :)
Your shor is really very good, with nice contrast, godd DOF and interesting details. I also like a black frame on this picture. Thanks to it the picture looks wider and I realy like it :)
Note is also interesting.
By the way, you were so close to Polish border, did you see my country from the top of mountains? ;)

Hi Horia
a really nice panorama and a perfect stitch of 5 photos(what program did you used?)
great colours and DOF

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-24 12:39]

Hi Horia,
A perfect panorama! A wow photo! Perfect details, light, focus and view.
TFS, José M.

Very nice Horia!
I appreciate very much the extra work on this one for the large post, I think it worthed it!
The polarizer made a beautiful work in your hands to capture the white contrast accurately and the view is really breathtaking.
Lovely landscape, MF.
Hope to see more photos for your trip.
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-24 13:34]

Joli paysage bien mis en évidence par la couche de nuages.
Bonne journée.

Great LP shot, my friend!
Excellent compo and POW.
I like the white balance and usefull notes, too,

Excellent panorama!
I've always liked such patchy light over the mountains. It really gives special atmosphere to landscapes. Very nice cold winter colours too!
Best greetings,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-24 14:25]

Hi Horia.
What a great work and amazing view. My heart congratulations on such important event in biography of any photographer. Excellent composition, colours, exposure and sharpness of the image. I feel cold breath of mountains and pure air by all my essence.. This is exact sigh of true art picture. BRAVO and best regards.

But what about vacation?

Hello Horia
WOW! What an amazing and imposing mountains! What a point that you stand on, all peaks look very nice! Bravo dear friend,

Wow! What a great mountains! Wonderful wintery scene on the summits. Going to top of the summit, i don't know about your mountaineer adventures before! Widening pov and framing! Love that cloudy sky and mountains! You had a tiring and freezy day Horia! But i think that you should forget all of your effort on the top and enjoyed the moment.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-24 15:35]

Hola Horia,
excelente LP,
gran trabajo, bella compo.
felicidades por esta original vista.

Hi Horia, wonderful mountain landscape full of splendid colors, great view, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Horia,
I'm happy we both are back ...
And I love this marvelous view, so beautiful snowy mountains in excellent sharpness.
Very well done, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-24 16:58]

Hi Horia,
Welcome back :o) The view looks so amazing,literally breathtaking... Your POV gave a very good wide angle of this amazing scenery. Great light and composition. TFS

Hi Horia,
This is what I call a great come back!
Magnificent shot of this mountains, you really took good advantage of the stitch to show us this landscape.
Good idea to go high!.
Welcome back, congratulations for the post and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-24 19:43]

Hello Horia,
I emphatize with your bad luck with weather. When light is no good, you have to be extra careful with the composition and try to be creative in other ways. Here you have overcome the adversity very well. Excellent panoramic mountainscape from the Tatras, with good contrast. Masterful!

Hello Horia,
Attractive mountain scenery!
Good details in the rugged peaks, rough weather and that is how it should be in the high mountains by winter...
Well framed and good details, well done on post prosessing!
Pablo -

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-02-25 3:33]

Hi Horia,
superb panorama of the High Tatras. This view is very nice in all seasons. Perfect shot

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-25 4:11]

Hi Horia

Wonderful shot, it is always inspiring when you can get to the top of a mountain and look across a mountain range. I am never happier than when I can get up high. This is an amazing shot. The whole range looks amazing covered in show and with the interesting shapes of the peaks. This is really stunning. The panoramic version is magnificent



Nice shot, Horia. Good presentation.
Your circular polarizer probably adjusted the saturation a bit which is good.
Interesting note as well.

This is a wonderful composite. Nice work. I'm glad I clicked on it to see the larger version. It is quite dramatic. Looks like exposure, sharpness and depth of field are great. Colors look natural too. I do see something here that is curious. If one were to follow the line of the clouds just above the mountains there appears to be a curve. Clouds don't normally do that. I don't know what would cause that, and I don't know how to fix it. Since This is a composite, I doubt it is barrel distortion.

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip in spite of the weather. It is always "iffY" this time of year. We have been planning a trip to Death Valley California next week. Weather is fine there but between here and there the weather is terrible... if there is too much snow we can't go.

Evelynn : )

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-25 13:47]

Hi Horia,
Beautiful panaromic shot.
Nice point of view and DOF.
The clarity is superb.
Well done.

Hi dear Horia ,
very nice panorama.
beautiful landscape with great light and colours.
very well done.
thanks and regards

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-26 5:46]

Hi Horia,
way before I started getting interested in flora and fauna I strolled around Europe to hike and climb every elevation I could find. I'm not sure whether I went to the same mountain as you did (I did go to some high peaks in the Slovakian and Polish Tatra), I like your post really well. Snow, mountains and great view are a good combination. You captured it really well. More, more & more posts like this one are more than welcome.
Regards, Jacob

Hello Horia,
I'm a bit in a hurry too these time, so I didn't read your note but I think that this is an amazing picture with an amazing POV. Exposure, composition and DOF are wonderful. I like this panoramic version and beautiful framing. I'll be back later to read those notes carefully :) Well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-26 8:32]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful landscape.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked details and exposure also a lot.Have a great week!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-26 11:46]

hello Horia
impressive panoramic mountain photo with your superb perspective. compositon, point of view, depth of field, lighting and details are great

Hello Horia a beautifull scene I live the wide format and the good presentation very well done details are awsome. TFS rgds Necip.

Hi Horia,
Great pano of an amazing view...talk about being in the clouds. Great exposure and colour balance across the images. I can see a couple of joins in the clouds. A bit of masking or cloning in PS would easliy dispatch this.Good composition.

A songline comes to mind: "Climb every mountain..."
Wonderful vista Horia! Thanx for bringing it home
for all of us to see. Tfs, Jay

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-28 22:54]

Hello Horia

Wow a beautiful vista.The DOF and POV are excellent.What an awesome view.Very well done.TFS


Hello Horia!
This is an awesome picture! Great job on your first landscape post. Your capture is incredible! I can almost feel the cold winds blowing in between the mountains. Great composition and excelent work on the stitch. Great detail and accurate colors. TFS!

Congratulations Horia on your first large landscape, it's simply stunning!

A tremendous effort must have been exerted tog et up that high! It has paid off though and we are presented with a truly magnificent sight. It is untouched by man a sight not really appreciated much today and shows just what the world is made of.

The light is fantastic and causes interesting shadows. Well exposed and composed giving us a true representation of what it was like.

How did the camera manage at that sort of height/temperature?
The stitching job is good and I can only spot it to the right of the main peak in the clouds.

Excellent job Horia, my newest favourite.

Hi Horia

Wow.... what a magnificent sight! This is an awesome landscape. Remember this critique 'i could say you were doing it for at least 10 years! :)' I think, my friend, I have to make the same statement here! You have done an expert job here. This is brilliant work! Thank you! :-)

Hi Horia,
Congratulations on the great stitching work. I love these big versions on the panoramic images. Have posted a few as well on TE.
Fantastic details and breathtaking view.
And of course - welcome back :-)
TFS - Shir

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-11 16:13]

Hi Horia,
Woow, beautiful view. Looks like quite a trip and you're obviously high at this viewpoint. There is such a sense of purity in places like this I think, it's quite breathtaking when you're actually there. It's a wonderful shot, superb exposure with the high contrasts, nice shadow detail. Great detail in the LP, a lot to look at. Very atmospheric with the clouds as well.

I might have tried a ND Grad filter to bring some detail into the sky and darken it a little but to be honest I've never tried using a grad filter with images intended for a stitch.

Who needs a 39MP $25000 Hasselblad when we have AutoStitch?? :-)

Best regards,

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