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John Muir Trail #8

John Muir Trail #8
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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: 1982-07-21
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Olympus Stylus 80Wide P&S
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-05-14 10:08
Viewed: 4139
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a couple of days of rain on the Muir Trail, one late afternoon broke out into bright sunshine. The sun hit this mountain against a dark sky. It was quite memorable.

When my prints came back from the photofinisher I was quite disappointed to see a washed out image. I had pretty much forgotten about the original scene when I scanned this a few weeks ago. Then yesterday I was remembering how it looked, played with the curves function, and got this. This is what I remember (from 24 years ago!). I think some of the white places are a bit OEd, but this is as good as I can get (I'm not sure there's much room left on the negative).

Scanned from a 35mm negative. Curve adjustments, sharpened, resized, and reframed.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-05-15 12:37]


I like this picture - but I think it woudl still benefit from some more work. I don't know what editting software you are using, so can't advise on if it has noise reduction, but there is a free tool called Neat Image which has noise reduction (though I don't actually use it, many TN'ers do). It would help condiserably with the sky.

I also think the picture woudl have worked better as a square image, loosing the top and bottom 1.5cms. I just wish you had taken in landscape.

That said I still like it and think it deserves form critiques for all the work you are putting inrestoring your negatives.



Hi Mike,

It was hard for me too, to discover that so many of my older negative had lost their color. I played with your image just for fun to see what could be done. I wouldn't normally make such changes but it was fun to do.

Thanks for sharing more of THE TRAIL.

Evelynn : )

Work that you carried out on this photograph gives him a particular environment which I like much. Beautiful work.
Thank you for sharing.

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