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#1 TrailEx

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 09:46 PM

So I've identified a place in town that offers an excellent view of the nearby Alaska Range mountains (when the weather cooperates). I've been there several times since its so easy to get to, but I've been a little focused on the most visible mountains, the Eastern Alaska Range mountains.  As it turns out, you can also see the great Denali from my viewpoint... barely.

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My first thought when I saw it was "is that a cloud?" Understandably, I was a little disappointed with the view for this particular mountain.

 

SO, today I explored a small mountain, called Ester Dome, near town which just so happened to have a considerably better view of the Tall One...

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Not too bad of a view for an object that is about 150 miles away! Also note how both photos have golden light horizons. The first was taken about an hour after sunrise, and the second was taken 2 hours later (one hour before sunset). This is what the sky looks like all day long (or short, I guess? the Sun is only up for 4 hours at this point in the year.)


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 06:00 AM

I think I sense your frustration being in one of the really photogenic locations in the world and things just not lining up as you would wish when you have the time to grab your camera... given the trees are the most prominent subject in the frame, the lack of definition in the mountain and that the cloud cover adds to the soft look of the scene.... Seems like you need more side light...?    



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Posted 11 December 2017 - 05:51 PM

Great set.  I like the 2nd on the best with the mountain showing though the haze.  The sky colors are great.  I don't think I could do 4 hours of daylight though, I'm already complaining about the sun setting at 5:30PM here.



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Posted 11 December 2017 - 08:32 PM

Geedee, I think you misinterpreted me a little bit. If I had only gotten the first image, I would have been a little frustrated. But I'm quite pleased with the 2nd image; I can't be upset with the atmospheric interference with the view, since its 150 miles away and the fact that I can see it at all just conveys how large it is. Not only that, but a majority of the time Denali is not visible at all due to cloud cover.

 

David, its pretty understandable to not like the excessive darkness, but I think of it as a quality over quantity thing. Yes, there's more daylight down south, but up here all the light we get is amazing; every time I see the daytime sky I get inspired to get outside.



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 11:10 AM

I have never been there although it is on the list. It looks like a beautiful scene. TFS. 



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 04:01 PM

I thought I would share a broader view of the horizon that I saw on that day, since the whole scene was pretty awesome. Hopefully this comes out alright, as I had to compress it massively to get it to upload onto the site.

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 04:30 PM

I thought I would share a broader view of the horizon that I saw on that day, since the whole scene was pretty awesome. Hopefully this comes out alright, as I had to compress it massively to get it to upload onto the site.

That one's very nice.  Maybe bring down the brights around the sun, it's a bit blown out.  Was this a crop or a pano?



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 08:58 PM

It's both... it's a panorama and I trimmed the long end to help get the file size small enough to upload onto the site. And the sun is most definitely blown out, but at the same time the terrain was pretty dark SOOC... lots of dynamic range all around. It would've been a good place to use HDR, but I'm becoming disillusioned with shooting HDRs. I'm thinking I'm going to buy a square filter holder and get a graduated filter for these situations.



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Posted 17 December 2017 - 03:43 PM

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:30 PM

Love the pano shot! The light is really wonderful in that one. 

 

I'm not sure how you feel about post-processing, but possibly some 'dehaze' in LR could make the mountain pop a little more.



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 12:46 AM

I've already applied about 20 points of dehaze, but cranking it up any further does not actually help the visibility of the mountain. It just makes everything on the horizon darker. Most of the time dehaze helps a lot with mountains, but most of my photos of Denali have not benefited from dehaze, I guess because its so far away...



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 02:10 AM

You're lucky!  In Beijing, if we have 150 meters of visibility it's a good day!  You should be able to take advantage of the sun's elevation in the sky throughout the year...perhaps a long "golden hour" or whatever it's called (good shootn light).  Thanks, and I am really looking forward to what more light brings!


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