Wonderful shots and superb weather to help make it happen. Curious, I note that you are from Kissimmee, FL and Alexandria, VA-- did you drive all the way there or did you fly in to wherever and then rent a vehicle?
Beautiful pano! If you still want to reduce the haze, which will intensify your sky colors, try using the PS camera raw filter and adjusting the "haze" setting a bit. Still, as you currently have it, the photo gives me an aura of "mysterious land" feeling.
I agree with the advice of the previous two posts. However, you may find the cost of flying into Cody from Florida to be pricey. As an alternative, check the cost of flying into Salt Lake City. If memory serves me correctly, from SLC airport we went north to Ogden and picked up US 89 which crosses over into Wyoming and brings you into Jackson. Very pretty drive. From Jackson it's north along the Tetons and on into Yellowstone.
Just returned from a Cruise to Alaska. The trip was very nice but I am not happy with the pictures. The camera is a Canon T3i using mostly a Canon 55-250 lens. Most shots were in Program mode using IS. Speeds seemed to be fast enough for the focal length used but they were just not sharp. Most of the shots showed an f 7.1. Other than taking another Cruise (not likely) what might have I done differently?
Bobb42-- Here is a post-processed version of one of your photos. I opened it in PS camera raw filter, adjusted highlights and shadows, added clarity and some sharpening in all of about 2 minutes. The result does show improvement so your photos are salvageable. I do however, agree with many of the comments posted with suggestions about what you could have done better.
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Most definitely the "warm" setting. Your first image really "pops".
Between Vail Village and East Vail, south side of roadway, look at the rather vertical mountainside in this area for long ice flows hanging from the mountainside. You sometimes may see climbers trying to pick their way up the face of the ice.
Also, if you have a lift ticket, go up Vail Mountain or Lionshead to the summits for some spectacular views of the Gore Range or in the case of Lionshead, look to the southwest for a long range shot of Mt. Holy Cross or down into Sundown Bowl.
While at Lionshead, you may also get some shots of tubing or climbing on the rope towers.
If imageal falls through, I would love to buy this!
Tinkerbell2: Please be advised that I have tried to contact this seller on list and by private message. Thus far, the seller has not responded to either message. Definitely makes you wonder...
I'll buy it. Please P.M. me off list with your selling details (how to pay, etc.)
Fantastic shots Jean! You have really captured the beauty of the Smokies in a splendid season.
What is the name of the stream that you were shooting?
Just curious, what was your camera/lens set-up for these outstanding images? Aside from their beautiful composition, I was very impressed with the sharpness and image quality.
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I agree with the other comments about the mood. Just for your comparison though, here is a version that I lightened the rock shadows by adjusting the Shadows slider in Adobe Camera Raw to +40. It not only defined the individual rocks but it also added some definition to the mountains at left.
Beautiful shots! I'm curious Charles. What was the focal length setting of the lens that you used for Looking Glass Falls? It appears to be quite wide to have taken in as much terrain to either side of the falls. I shot the falls last October from what appears to be a similar vantage point in the stream but was shooting vertical format.
One thing I might add to the comments... I have had excellent success processing original jpg images using the camera raw filter in Photoshop. I often get some really poor quality shots from a client and have "saved" them using the CR filter. No, you do not have as much picture information to work with as in an image shot using camera raw but the results are often quite acceptable.