Winter is coming in Julian Alps. Hiking at about 2.000 m altitude on already snowy south-east slopes of Mt. Jalovec the mood is still calm. Chilly, but no wind. However, at higher altitudes the situation must be radically different. Very fast and cold west winds must dance there creating these wonderful wave clouds. The picture changes rapidly from moment to moment. An incredible sky ballet announcing a strong, cold weather front bringing us more snow. What a pleasure to witness nature forces on move! What a day was given to me again!
Scanned by Nikon CoolScann ED-IV. Color temperature shifted slightly to warm (red + yellow) but preserving some blue tint. Mountains masked-off (Magic Wand tool and manual correction) and the sky blurred 2 pix radius at 4.000 pix picture width. Mask inverted and extended for 5 pix to include the horizon. Resampled to 800 pix width. Mountains manipulated by Curves to increase contrast slightly. Some dogging and burning here and there. Sharpened by Unsharp mask level 70, 1 pix radius. JPEG level 30 (Corel PhotoPaint notation).
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gringofil (0) 2003-10-31 7:39
WOW, what an incredible landscape you captured! Yes, the clouds seem to be dancing and thus look incredible set amidst the mountains in the foreground. The sharpness is amazing here as is your composition. Simply beautiful!
martin (1242) 2003-10-31 7:44
Spectacular mountains and a wonderful sky. The contrast between the clouds and the peaks is most effective. Your notes are particularly informative.
mtolloczko (201) 2003-10-31 7:53
Your notes are very informative. It is a pity that I shall never see an image like this in real life.
vad (342) 2003-10-31 8:01
Merveilleuse photo! Les couleurs sont superbes et le paysage enchanteur. Ca mériterait 10 points...
jrj (34843) 2003-10-31 8:10
What a great picture of a beautiful mouintain landscape. I think one of the best I have seen. What more to say!?
znabel (246) 2003-10-31 8:13
The clouds do it for me. Tried to find something that would make this shot even better, but i just had to give up.
ronners (10) 2003-10-31 8:21
Wonderful shot Amadej! If you play around with the Channel mixer for a B&W conversion you can really make this one jump out in a different way (especially those wonderful clouds). I tried 122/-18/22 red/green/blue mix in monochrome mode which worked pretty well.
CoolDan (2516) 2003-10-31 8:22
Tout simplement superbe cette composition. Ces nuages qui nous donnent l'impression de mouvement. C'est une splendeur. Félicitations.
binaural (292) 2003-10-31 9:22
Incredibly Photo. One I'd love to have in huge format on my walls. Stunning dancing clouds...
emax (919) 2003-10-31 9:36
Yesterday I see another of your pic like this. Amadej, you are a master of the sky. I don't know if the sky it's real, but anyway the pic it's really great.
Amadej, ni mi tocno jasno ali si posnetek naredil iz letala ali s Karavank?
Nina (4965) 2003-10-31 9:51
Excellent shot expert post processing as ever Amadej. Whilst I like this one very much I would like it even better if there was somewhere for the eye to rest, some focal point, foreground interest or similar.
Gael (247) 2003-10-31 9:58
What a photo! Spectacular Sky with spectacular mountains. Indeed I think that Angled parts of a photo, like mountains here, deal very well with rounded parts like clouds here
Georges (11185) 2003-10-31 11:49
Je suis d'accord avec Vad (10 points) . couleurs splendides, luminosité parfaite et la texture des nuages est féérique. BRAVO.
Didi (59066) 2003-10-31 12:51
Excellente composition de la chaîne de montagnes avec ce ballet de nuages. L'orientation de la lumière donne un joli relief.
Le vent devait souffler très fort là haut.
Excellent composition of the assembly line with this ballet of clouds. The orientation of the light gives a pretty relief. The wind was blowing very extremely in high altitude.
dominique (11414) 2003-10-31 15:47
Snow fraiche on the mountains and the weak light it is very beautiful, the composition is very good with its clouds of wind which follow a little the relief. The color is interesting.
tworivers (573) 2003-10-31 21:28
wow what a wonerful image. the light dances on the tops of the peaks and the clouds sail through the spaces. nice depth and tona; variation. very nice image.
Liora (1857) 2003-11-01 6:55
I fully agree with everyone! a most beautiful scene of a cold day that still give the observer a warm feeling (probably thanks to the great editing work). Very well done Amadej!
hantulaut (3441) 2003-11-02 4:26
swirled clouds giving chill feeling inside.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2003-11-02 15:50
Absolutely amazing colours here and the mountains are really well captured. It feels as though you took this from another mountain?
dsidwell (9783) 2003-11-11 23:57
Amazing, Amadej! I just love the drama and clarity here! Most compliments have been said, so just another congratulations!
dopiro (835) 2003-11-14 9:04
Quite an amazing photo Amadej!
Never heard of the Julian Alps before and never knew Slovania had this kind of spectacle to offer. Thanks for the lesson!
padam (186) 2003-11-17 7:53
Simply beautiful. A masterpiece.
Opus (0) 2003-12-29 21:31
Just a beautiful landscape/sky combo!
Love your potfolio...a new favorite for my list.
touristdidi (8583) 2004-01-03 0:07
roconnell (327) 2004-02-04 0:14
Simply gorgeous. This is about as much granduer as can be contained in one photo.
shahin (167) 2004-05-04 8:20
Breath taking beauty my friend great shot indeed
MyriamVillert (3223) 2004-10-21 6:13
Une vraie bouffée d'oxygène cette photo ! Magnifiques sommets saupoudrés de neige.
Les nuages apportent beaucoup de douceur paradoxalement avec la dureté des roches. Emerveillement total devant ce panorama ! Félicitations Amadej :o)
Alan_Kolnik (594) 2004-10-21 7:04
You've done an excellent job using a filter to set up the original shot and then PS or Corel to carefully emphasize each portion of the image perfectly without any of the oversharpening or excess coloring that often results from correcting an image.
Nelly666 (31) 2005-01-19 16:24
The mountains are incredible, especially when you read your comments about how calm it is lower down vs the harsher conditions up high.
But the clouds are simply stunning. I'm fast learning that a lot of photography is about capturing moments and being in the right place, at the right time with a camera in your hand. And you've done just that. Breathtaking!
sAner (112) 2005-01-19 16:52
Just unbelievable! What a great picture! Your note is great aswell. A lot of information. Thanks for sharing.
fredon (5052) 2005-03-26 7:37
Fantastic shot and sky.
Cpamoi (10391) 2005-04-01 11:05
Nice shot! great sky, nice colors
donluicu (24724) 2005-05-16 6:13
your title is great!
your mountains are so sharp, compared to the smooth aspect of the clouds (thank you velvia..)...i like this very much
baudinm (349) 2005-05-16 7:11
I specially like this wonderful landscape.
The soft waves in the sky are contrasting with the hard texture and shape of the mountains.
This is partly the good result of your post-processing, which works effectively.
This is also the result of the polarizer which greatly highlights the sky's colors.
royh (581) 2005-10-18 23:50
Beautiful image. It looks like the clouds are another layer of mountains. The sharpness is great and the texture, both sky and mountains were well captured.
Albrecht (11281) 2005-11-18 9:31
Beautiful picture;wonderful sky and those mountais have a special colour. Excelent picture.
take care, Albrecht
arunabha (184) 2006-04-03 12:16
patriik (1935) 2006-04-03 13:08
It`s beatifull!! I can not find enough strong words to describe this view... your picture took me to the mountains and to the sky too.
MLINES (12516) 2006-04-25 18:14
Hi Amadej, Marvellous capture of this cloud pattern over the Alps. Very clear with great colours. Congratulations.
johnnyh (639) 2006-06-16 7:29
Superb shot of the mountains very clear, and those clouds are amazing, good work thanks for sharing regards John.
krakowiak (4762) 2006-06-16 7:39
Beautyful, Amazing, Excellen, Magic Landscape!!!
arnoud1976 (1191) 2006-06-16 7:45
lovely shot with amazing sky. very well portrayed indeed. tfs arnoud
ozcan (0) 2006-08-28 0:18
One of the best photos I've seen in a long time.
It is amazing how rugged terrain is greated with smooth flowing clouds. One of the wonders of Nature and how it greets us. I just love nature, just how it can inspire us for that moment.
Thank you Amadej!
Don_Gusti (0) 2006-09-17 15:53
Excellent composition, really one of the best, & the title makes it even better. TFS
mfonda (891) 2006-10-11 1:03
This is probably one of the best mountain landscape shots I have ever seen. Nice work, TFS!
bend1k (934) 2007-06-02 22:44
amazing. the clouds look like they are from lowland and there are more mountains above it
stelli (2993) 2007-09-07 11:30
Great colors! This blue is godsend!!!
kmarscher (2887) 2007-09-29 5:00
Your shot shows your mastery of climbing with gear, pp application, and composition. Much to learn here and I thank you for an outstanding post. Congratulations!!
quovadis (1118) 2013-03-23 21:57
Hi there !
An impressive view on the mountains, a magic in the air. Yes, the natural creations are the only true and out of reach to human craft. Thanks for sharing !!!
- Copyright: Amadej Trnkoczy (amadej) (1285)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-10-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon 8008S, Tamron AF 35-105/2.8, Fuji Velvia, Tiffen Cir. Polarizer 67mm
- Exposure: f/8
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Paysages, Mountains, La folie de la nature, Clouds in the sky and of the colors, ciel et nuage, My favorite photos (12) (Gatti Matti), My favorite photos (16+1) (Gatti Matti) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-10-31 7:27
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