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Grand Tetons
Grand Tetons

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Challenge: Free Study 2014-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC for Nikon
Location: Grand Tetons
Date: Aug 19, 2014
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2014

Grand Tetons, first time visiting for vaca..

Used Lightroom, NIK and Photoshop for editing

Place: 45 out of 177
Avg (all users): 6.0893
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.0233
Avg (non-participants): 6.3077
Views since voting: 685
Views during voting: 200
Votes: 112
Comments: 5
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09/10/2014 06:39:51 AM
Critique Club Comment:

Ah, the Grand Tetons. On my bucket list, for sure.

It's a lovely scene, and as has been pointed out, a very blue one. Probably too blue for me, but obviously others like it. Perhaps a color balance or hue/saturation adjustment to the Blue channel to pull them back just a tad. It's also a little dark for me. Seeing you use Photoshop I'm wondering if you do a levels adjustment as a part of your workflow? As it stands now, the White end of your histogram has about 30 points of unused space, and just bringing that marker over to about 225 from 255 gives you a lot more pop and definition in the dark areas of the mountains. You're also losing some details in the haze in the distance, so maybe play with some contrast curves, or better yet since you have the Nik Collection use Viveza 2 with some Control points to selectively control where you lighten and darken, and boost up some shadows and structure.

While I normally don't like a centerline horizon it works for me here. I tried playing with a different crop, but without having more sky or water to add I can't find something that would work better.

All that's not to say that this isn't a lovely landscape - it is!! I gave it a 7 originally, and with just some lighting adjustments would have scored it higher. As is it just lacks a certain "pop" that I believe you can coax out of it as you refine your post processing skills. I know you've been at this for less than a year, so these skills will come with time. You should certainly be proud of what you were able to do with this one.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2014 07:47:19 PM
singing the blues...gorgeous.
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09/07/2014 12:01:46 PM
What a gorgeous landscape image. The blue gives it such a cold feel.
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09/06/2014 01:15:29 PM
Very blue
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09/02/2014 07:31:50 AM
nice scene. Cold blue tones work well.
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