Beautiful place Mike. I confess, I'm wicked jealous of that guy in the flat water. However, and it might just be my monitor, but they all look a bit dark to me.
Tim, It probably isn't your monitor, I'm traveling only with a small laptop. Pick one out and fix it and I'll adjust.....Thanks
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I took a very fast swipe at this, there's probably a lot you can do with the RAW file. I just played with the levels a bit and might have even gone too far, but this will give you an alternative to look at on your screen.
Mike: More beautiful work. I m heading to Colorado later this week and I, too, am taking the 700 and D3 as well as Leica M8. The Aspens should turn in the last week of Septemember. Regards. DR
I live only 60 miles from Grand Lake and find it one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado.
Although the image is a bit dark, the contrast in typical Colorado light (No clouds, ice blue skies, and very deep shadows) require either an nd filter or HDR to render properly. That's why we Colorado Photographers wait (sometimes not patiently) for the cloudy skies.
One of the things about that area is the pine beetle has devistated the trees. I would guess 80% of all the trees are dead.
Tim, thank you. It looks like I need to bump the midtones up a bit. One of things I have noticed is unlike the m8 the nikon files need a large tweak, has aanyone got a good begining preset in lightroom? thanks
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Mike I have been trying different settings in Lightroom . While I don t have a favorite , I like the standard 4.4 default. Part of my issue is that I still shoot mostly with the M8 and I would like the D3 files to look closer to the M8 raw conversions. Otherwise they don t aggregate well with the M8 files..for example my Spring Training collection includes M8 and D3 images. I found a preset on the LUF for getting a M8 look from a D3 file . The other area to look in are the beta presets for Lightroom...the D3 standard seems to do a good job of spreading the tones without burning the highlights or blocking the shadows. The standard beta setting seems to be a good starting point for high contrast,saturated files.
The Spruce Beetle has indeed wreaked havoc on our trees. And it will take over 100 years for the infestation to die out and new trees to gain real ground. Or other varieties may spring up in the place of the spruce and take over the landscape. A sad event but one that happens in the greater time of the creator fairly often. Let's hope that what takes over is as beautiful as the spruce were.
I do Agree
its certainly Heaven on Earth
Your shota are stunning