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Swiftcurrent valley

Swiftcurrent valley
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Copyright: Mike Basil (mbasil) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-24
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Glacier National Park July 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-07-26 16:30
Viewed: 3291
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Swiftcurrent Valley in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park. I was hoping to hike up to Iceberg Lake, but the trail was closed because of grizzly activity. Anyway, this turned out to be a beautiful hike. Best of all at this altitude it was a perfect 25C (75F), a nice break from the mid-30s (90s F) I was seeing at home.

I was trying to capture the flowers in the fg, but with this 10mm they still seem further away than I would have liked.

PP: Because I couldn't stack 2 filters at 10mm with vignetting, I underexposed by a full stop. Then I applied a grad filter with my editor (after the exposure) and a contrast adjustment. Next a resize, resize (file size too large), frame, and slight USM (to correct for the loss of detail on the resize).

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This is one of the places we thought about going for our summer vacation, we chose Crater Lake instead, but it looks like maybe I should think about this place for next year. I have had the same problem with wildflowers seeming to disappear into the backdrop, when they seem so prominant while taking the shot. A very nicely saturated view, I like the dark blue sky and long shadows, well done.

Hi Mike,
I just posted a shot for you...trying to include more foreground. In order to get those red flowers any larger you would have to be practically on top of them with that lens. I think the focus distance is about a foot or maybe less! Was this on the Swifcurrent Trail? I love that trail...actually I love all the trails out of Many Glacier. I love the views from the switchbacks going to Swiftcurrent Pass, but we don't even attempt to go all the way anymore, as the trail is so treacherous with all that shale on the sloping trail. I'm not too sure about your pp work. The mountain appears underexposed and the clouds over exposed. I think maybe you need to used adjustment layers when working on an image so that you can work on just one area at a time????

Evelynn : )

Hi mike,

a nice image of the valley and of the mountain, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Mike,
I have to second Evelynn on getting the FG to work with that lens. It does have the feeling that you have to step on it to get in in the frame. I had some difficulties with it as well but now seem to grasp it and actaully starting to enjoy it. As Evelynn mentioned about the top part. Layers and masking would do the trick together with a merge of two exposures.

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