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Old May 3, 2005, 3:01 PM   #1
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This is a spot I have visited many times throughout my life, hoping that perhaps someday I might be able to capture the feeling of serenity that I experience there. This shot almost got everything that I wanted. It was taken last fall, in the middle of a drought, so the water level was extremely low and somewhat disappointing. But I like the image quite a bit anyway.
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Old May 3, 2005, 3:49 PM   #2
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Hello jphess! Great photo! I envy you, that is one beautiful place!!!!!

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Old May 3, 2005, 7:04 PM   #3
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Me likes! Very well done.
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Old May 3, 2005, 8:53 PM   #4
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VERYnice shot! i can see why you like the place! i wonder how it'd look with a little more contrast between sky and landscape, like you'd get with a polarizer...
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Old May 3, 2005, 9:44 PM   #5
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That is a fantastic photo. It looks very serene, and almost looks like a painting.
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Old May 3, 2005, 10:00 PM   #6
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The colors are great. So is the reflection.

My only nit is the mountains just don't have the detail. You may be able to fix this with a polarizer, or maybe taking two shots. One with the correct settings for the mountains & sky, and the other for the landscape. Then you could combine these two images to get that "perfect shot."

Overall, IMHO, this is a great shot that deserves to be printed and framed on your wall. Great job.

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Old May 4, 2005, 9:36 AM   #7
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I appreciate the kind comments and the suggestions. It's obvious from the picture, but I must say that I'm not a professional photographer. The light has always given me a challenge when I have gone to the Tetons to take pictures. On this particular day I was so discouraged with the light quality. There was a blue haze that prevailed over everything. The only camera I had was my little 5 MP Pentax camera that doesn't accept any kind of filters. I was so disappointed with the light that I only took about 30 images the entire day. When I got home and started examining those images with Photoshop, I was amazed at what I was able to pull out of them.

I agree that the contrast could be greater. But when I tried that, I blew out the highlights in some of the clouds. So, with my limited editing knowledge, this seemed to be the best compromise I could come up with.

As far as hanging the picture on the wall is concerned, I have had a 20x30 made and I am in the process of having it mounted and framed now.
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Old May 4, 2005, 10:41 AM   #8
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Please forgive the hijacking of your very attractive pic. I couldn't resist a tweak to try to give it some of the effect a polarizer might have had.

For those interested, this was done with Paint Shop Pro, together with some Nik utilities.

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Old May 4, 2005, 10:59 AM   #9
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That is a very striking rendering of the image. Personally, I was trying to maintain some detail in the dark trees and bushes in the lower left hand corner of the photograph while bringing out as much detail as I could in the clouds and the mountain. And, believe it or not, a lot of the blue haze has been removed in my original post image. But, I agree, your version has some merit.
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Old Jul 16, 2006, 6:33 PM   #10
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Absolutely fantastic shot, jphess! Where exactly is this magnificient place?

P.S. You know what would be really great? Next time you visited this absolutely beautiful place take some shots for a panoramic photo. I would really love to see the rest of it. :G
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