I am amazed as I scroll through the last few months of images in my LR catalog. I’ve never consistently photographed landscape images this much in my life – I guess it’s a testament to the lack of mountain ranges in Brooklyn. :)
But this recent foray into landscape photography is such an interesting one because it is another avenue for me to learn and grow into. Lessons learned that work well in an urban scene may not very well apply when you’re looking down the massive vista of Yosemite Valley. Everything from focal length to achieving compelling compositions to processing styles seems to be different.
I’ve stumbled a bunch, both literally and figuratively – and I love it! The opportunity to keep adding little morsels of knowledge around photography is a great gift – it keeps my passion for this art fresh. It is also fun to escape from shooting what you’re comfortable with and trying on something new. Every time I go out on a landscape shoot, I usually mess up a bunch but I also seem to gleam some new knowledge that helps me grow for the next go-round.
So let this little ditty serve as a call-to-action for those of you who may be in a creative rut. Sometimes, the best way to break out of it is to dive into an area of photography that you’re simply unfamiliar and uncomfortable with. Your wits and instincts will kick in and I promise good things will happen.
In terms of processing
Because I shot this vista during some of the harshest light you could imagine, I decided to tone-map via Photomatix, using seven brackets from my Canon 5D Mark III. The tone-mapping applied was subtle, but enough to give me a more even exposure to start stylizing on top of.
I brought the image into Perfect Effects 3 byand applied the Magic Forest effect, but only in a small amount. I wasn’t looking to drastically change much of the color or tone. I did add a Tonal Contrast effect and masked it onto the rockface so that it would pop more. I also added a touch of Green Enhancer on the tree line for color contrast.
Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.
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