© Elaine Hessler


Uploaded: August 17, 2012


Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: 1.00, ExposureTime: 10/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 26.00 mm, Model: NIKON D5100


Elaine Hessler August 17, 2012

This photo was taken at Yosemite last month. I edited this in PSE and I think I finally have the layers/masks figured out. I decreased the exposure of the stone and rock only to bring out the detail, and used a cooling filter on the tree and sky (my WB was off again). I also sharpened. I am considering blowing this up and framing it, but would love input before investing in this. BTW, I used a polarizer-this is why the sky is so blue.

Not sure if the shadows on the trunk are an issue...

I've included the original.

Have a blast in DC everyone! I hope to see you in PA next fall!
Elaine #1480906

Jeff E Jensen August 17, 2012

Ya done good! #10280329

Stephen Shoff August 19, 2012

Great image. I like the simplicity. Color tones are good.

You might be cropped a little tight. If you have room, a little more space on the left and bottom would improve the perspective and convey the the sense that the boulder and tree are perched on top of a higher dome. But if not, its good as is. #10282397

lisa anderson August 20, 2012

Elaine, I like this so much! I like the shadows on the trunk, but to be very nitpicky, the lighter shadows on my computer screen contrast a little better with the sky than the darker shadows. I think this would look great blown up. Nice work! #10282536

Beth Spencer August 21, 2012

I think you did a great job on this one! I love the simplicity of the shot, but you have also captured great detail.
Your edit is awesome!! #10284904

Michael Kelly level-deluxe August 22, 2012

Excellent! I think this will look great on your wall. The simplicity is wonderful and I think the tones look good. I agree with the slight increase in space mentioned by Stephen, but since you showed the original I don't think you have any more in the shot and don't think it is a big problem as it works very well as shown. #10285674

Aimee C. Eisaman August 22, 2012

The simplicity of this image is what makes it so awesome...wonderful find and capture. I think the shadows on the tree are fine and really do hope you have this printed because it is very cool! :~) I agree about the space esp. if you are going to frame it. #10285718

Elaine Hessler August 22, 2012

Thanks everyone for the input. I didn't crop this at all, so no space left to add. HOWEVER, for some reason, I think with PSE I can add space on the edges. If anyone is familiar with this, let me know. I'll investigate this weekend.... #10285745

Peter W. Marks August 22, 2012

Ok Elaine, "simplicity" has been used four times so I am going to have to find something different.
So, let's see? I really like this "minimilist" image. How's that! #10285776

Teresa H. Hunt August 22, 2012

I really like this image. However, having never seen this location I can't get a real good feel for the scale. But either way I really like this one :) #10286254

Susan M. Reynolds level-addict August 30, 2012

It is cool and like the deep color captured by using your polorizer. You can add canvas on any side you want in PS, you'd just have to clone in the matching colors to cover the blank parts of the canvas if you want to give it the feeling of being atop a higher dome as Stephen mentioned. #10298921

Elaine Hessler September 02, 2012

Ok-I finally had time to work with this. I was able to extend the canvas on the bottom, but when I added to the left, the sky just didn't look right-you could tell where I cloned and added. Does the added canvas at the bottom look like it was added? #10305314

Elaine Hessler September 02, 2012

P.S. I am planning to blow this up to a 24x36 canvas so please be critical. BTW, I cloned out a weird shadow on the right on the rock by the sky. I think it was part of the rock, but I didn't like it.... #10305317

Elaine Hessler September 02, 2012

Whoops, I meant I plan to print on a 36x48 inch canvas-so bigger, sorry for the multiple posts. #10305320

Michael Kelly level-deluxe September 02, 2012

Elaine I think it looks very good for the most part. Because of the large size I am being hyper critical in that I see a couple areas that I did not see in the original that look off at least in this small view. The capture points them out. Enlarge it on your shot to see if it is anything to worry about before you do the print. #10305669

Elaine Hessler September 03, 2012

Oh my gosh, good eye! Thanks for pointing that out. This is going to be tricky to get the crop exactly right. I am ordering a gallery wrapped canvas is I am going to loose 1.5" on each side. I am contemplating paying for a frame to save the edges! #10306355

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic November 30, 2012

Elaine, the judges gave you their nod to have it printed. Great find and capture, CONGRATZ!

UB. #10439846

Merna L. Nobile December 09, 2012

To my photo friend:
Look back with pride,
Look forward with excitement,
Enjoy the success of the day.

Elaine Hessler December 09, 2012

Thanks! #10457558

Beth Spencer December 12, 2012

Congratulations #10462131

Beth Spencer December 12, 2012

Congratulations #10462132

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