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Homage to Galen

Homage to Galen
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-04
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS
Exposure: f/11, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-23 13:21
Viewed: 4126
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After bidding farewell to Mono Lake (previous 4 posts) we continue our journey down the eastern side of California's Sierra Nevada to the town of Bishop. Bishop lies at the northern end of the Owens Valley. It was the home of Galen Rowell, and his wife Barbara, before their untimely death at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, coming home from conducting a photo workshop in Alaska. His Mountain Light Gallery, in Bishop, is filled with large scale prints, posters, books and inspiration. Just for fun I tried to enhance this and some other Bishop area photos, (a somewhat feeble attempt,) to emulate some of the amazing lighting effects Galen was able to capture on film. You can see some of his work here as well as on many web sites. Check out the posters of the four seasons.

This shot was taken quite early in the morning from our campsite just east of the town of Bishop. The mountains are the Sierra Nevada.

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Hello Evelynn
What wonderful landscape from Bishop,
Perfect composition and lighting,
Fantastic colors and Framing,
Superb shot.


bonjour evelynn
ta prise de vue en fait un magnifique tableau d' automne avec un rayon de soleil
bien vu, bonne netteté

hi evelynn!
this is so beautiful landscape photo with beautiful colors and excellent light.

Stunning light on the mountains, Evelynn. Love the foreground. as well.

just beautiful... going as a fav...


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-23 15:29]

Hi Evelyn

A very well composed shot - contrasting movement provided by the bare trees and mountains. Great light on the mountain.


Hi Evelynn.
Very nice shot, very nice places.
I Think that shot is localized here : 38° 0'6.86"N 119° 9'8.49"W.
Excellent coloured presentation.Picture is good arrected.
Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-23 21:32]

Hello Evelynn

Wow this really has a wonderful feel and atmosphere to it.It reminds me of a painting,the mountains are truly majestic,the lighting and colour are incredible.What a super composition.TFS


Hi Evelynn,
this is the sort of image I'm lucky to get to see many times during the year.There is something so wonderful about how the sunrise plays upon mountain tops in the morning what with all the hues of orange,red and even pinks.Everyday is not the same day as dust and humidity flavor the colours one sees.Speaking of flavor this picture looks delicious with great colour ,details and overall point of view,well done and thank you sharing. Bob

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-24 3:53]

Wow, Evelynn.
That really looks like a painting!
What amazing light and colors.
Fantastic light and shadows.
TFS. : )

Hi Evelynn,
I hate keeping backed up on my critique on your photos. So the next several minutes are not spend on my work, but on your photos.

The mood captured in this photo is very beautiful, the soft warm light of the mountains with the mysterious colors in the FG make for great drama. As Rob wrote, it reminds me of a painting. I am not sure what kind of PP you did to the bottom half of the photo, but I like it.

P.S. I am not able to find the poster of the four seasons from Galen.

Another cracking shot and this time the wider view helps build the composition. Including the trees was a good decision and adds depth to the scene. Excellent work..

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-26 22:11]

Hi Evelynn,
An outstanding composition, with spot on exposure and focus giving us this magnificient landscape to view, thanks.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-29 19:13]

Hi Evelynn,
Just came back from travel, and trying to catch up with TN&TE. What a tribute to Galen! He has been such a great inspiration for me-not just the photography, but also for his excellent writing skills. He was a uniquely talented person, whose shoes can never be filled. Still can't get over his loss. You have captured the spirit of his backyard so well here.
Best wishes,

Evelynn your work is outstanding, thankyou for sharing your talents.

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