This is the view from Mong-la, a mountain pass in the Himalayas on the way to the Gokyo Valley and also Everest Base Camp. Mong-la is situated at an altitude of 3,975 metres and features a small collection of teahouses in which to stay the night. This view looks down over the Khumbu region back towards Lukla, the starting point of the trek. The red plants were what I believe are Goji berries which the local mountain people made a drink out of when the berries were in season.
This is the first time Iíve used the HDR technique, the merging of three bracketed images of differing exposures in order to create the one image with balanced exposure of an identical scene. I tried taking the scene with ordinary settings but kept getting overexposed clouds, or very dark foreground etc. This allowed me to get a representation of the scene as close to it as I recall seeing it. Iíd like to read your opinions on the result to see if you consider it too cartoonish and unnatural or if the technique employed in this instance was worthwhile. Either way, it was interesting experimenting with this technique and Iíll continue to explore its possibilities.
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erhan1958 (13759) 2010-12-14 6:28
amazing clauds and walley
vijay_as2 (110) 2010-12-14 7:42
Wow!! Amazing capture of clouds and love the colors of picture.
annjackman (15541) 2010-12-14 8:47
I think the HDR technique worked very well. Amazing cloud formation but what makes the picture special is the inclusion of the red bushes. A very dramatic shot.
sabyasachi1212 (19769) 2010-12-14 9:01
Considering this is your first time with HDR, definitely looks good. Some of those clouds look ominous.
With Greetings from India
broglia (3598) 2010-12-14 10:54
Hi Matthew, the HDR technique has worked very well here. The exposure is nicely balanced - something that would have been almost impossible to achieve otherwise. Does it look cartoonish or unnatural? I wouldn't say so, but then again the technique itself is quite easy to spot (though maybe only by HDR users!). It might be an idea to use this as the basis for further PP work. A little more contrast maybe!
Still a very fine shot nonetheless.
Best regards, Roberto
Bergenphotos (2198) 2010-12-14 15:40
You have a nice gallery which is new to me. The clouds look very dramatic and the steep hills make a nice and dramatic landscape too. Never really tried HDR much before, but I guess this has a high standard even for HDR. Well done!
Sonata11 (31245) 2010-12-14 19:33
I think you have a talent for taking a pictures. This is a very beautiful and amazing photograph.This special place is incredible with clouds. This picture is awesome. Congratulations.
jimkil (1684) 2010-12-14 20:01
Interesting discussion, i'm going to say its terrible, (not the vista obviously). Don't do it, I think HDR is a cop out for an image which might not have had the best light. I like it when used on architecture maybe, only on landscapes if it is really, really, really, really subtle and thats probably then not worth doing then. Thats my opinion on the technique, can you honestly say that this result is better than the previous images you have presented from Nepal which used gorgeous natural light. Stay away man ;-).
Why don't you shoot two or three normal shots, with lighter settings for the FG and darker for the clouds, do normal
RAW file conversions, using masks to delete whatever and end up with a natural result (best person on TE for this would be Signalwombs work. I do it this way sometimes too but I use singh ray grads most of the time to cut pp work out). Using photomatrix or that gives you limited options I reckon.
phwall (6785) 2010-12-14 22:57
It's a breath taking capture. So much visual delight, from the stone wall in the foreground, the walking track up the side of the hill, the red plants and of course the clouds and the blue sky. I love the way you have balanced the composition perfectly.
A rare instance where HDR works perfectly.
Wonderful capture, congratulations.
aloyho (6798) 2010-12-15 2:41
A fantastic shot of this very interesting place. The light in the distance is very attractive and the colourful vegetation in the foreground add even more drama. I also like this composition of yours where the slope is nicely placed against the clouds. Brilliant shot!!!
jemaflor (74108) 2010-12-15 10:52
great landscape well taken, great result with these clouds and also this red color in the corner, tfs.
mvdisco (17122) 2010-12-15 16:35
Beautiful landscape and composition in HDR,
beautiful saturation of colors and sharp picture.
nice contrast and light,
amazing tone of clouds and details.
Nice POV. & DoF.
Have a good day..
happypoppeye (4817) 2010-12-15 16:46
Great shot Matthew.
As for the HDR effect, you did it well. Not cartoonish, but you can definitely tell it's HDR which, in my opinion, means you "HDR'ed" it too much. Some people like that though. For me, a great HDR shot is the shot that you really can't tell is HDR ...if you know what I mean. Still though, it's a great shot.
yquem46 (35412) 2010-12-18 1:45
I missed this one that I like more than your today's post
Again quite a shot with all these clouds stuck on the rocks and the color contrast with the red vegetation at the FG and the blue sky above
Have a nice WE
delpeoples (48660) 2010-12-18 4:41
It's an excellent photo. I'm not a fan of HDR but yours is pretty good. I do however agree with Jim in saying that your other non-HDR photos are of such superb quality that there's no reason to be doing it. I can see why you'd sometimes need to (sky, OE etc) and I'm impressed at your skills, I don't know how to do. But there are better ways to overcome those obstacles. Anyway, TFS and I wish you a good weekend.
mozzy27 (2) 2010-12-19 1:43
Wow, stunning landscape, superbly lit clouds by the suns rays peering through the gaps in the mountain peaks and the red bushes in the opposite corner balances the shot perfectly. Awesome! TFS
MLINES (12516) 2010-12-19 14:17
Hi Matt, It is a delight to see your series from this roof of the world trip. This is a spectacular image. The 45 degree slope captures the imagination of travel in this alpine area. The bright red plants add an unexpected and colourful splash. The threatening clouds add to the impact of this surreal image. TFS. Murray.
Signal-Womb (13048) 2010-12-19 15:50
What a beautiful atmosheric capture! The weather situation here is just awe inspiring. Those brooding clouds look heavy, like a storm is moving in. HDR is always tricky and I often bracket my exposures incase I need to recover highlights or shadows. You done a good job here. Very well done, Steve..
jlbrthnn (79789) 2010-12-22 15:31
From the foreground to the horizon the picture is beautiful. The cloud system is spectacular. I love those red plants that highlight the landscape. Congratulations.
PJE (20758) 2010-12-24 7:28
Hello Matthew. Merry Christmas to you. Thank you for sharing your Mt Everest photos this year. I love the clouds and lighting here...and especially like the red plant highlights on the lower right. A special world up there as you have discovered. Planning any great hiking trips in the coming year? All the best.
kiks (11601) 2011-01-04 14:56
Very beautiful and it seems a scene from another planet. The clouds, fog and red plants at the fg are magnificent.
vjmite (3406) 2011-01-16 3:07
I don't know much about HDR, but I like this photo. It looks a little unnatural, but the high altitude world can look unnatural anyway. The dramatic effects of the clouds really stand out, and if you have to use HDR to get an acceptable range of contrast, then it is worth doing. The red plants in the foreground are an added bonus to a fantastic scene.
hispic (9619) 2011-01-19 19:19
What a impressive scene! amazing indeed!
Clouds glittering at the upper left look as if it's a nebula. White clouds lead the eye from red of bush to the shining sky at the upper right, the image is truly expertly composed. A bit strange exposure creates a subtle charm. Superb work!
Best wishes, Hisashi
- Copyright: Matthew Watt (Matthew-Watt) (6037)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-11
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: CANON EOS 550D, Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS, Hoya 58mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/22, 30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-14 5:04