I decided to take a quick break from my Nutcracker Ballet theme and post an older nature photo of mine. It is interesting that earlier today I critiqued two beautiful winter scenics taken with wide angle lenses. Wide angle lenses are great for "spreading the scene out" and creating an illusion of depth. My photo of the Sharkstooth, the jagged "teeth" in front of the windblown Taylor Peak (in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park), was taken with my trusty old Tamron 300mm lens. Telephoto lenses tend to compress the perspective and narrow the angle of view. This worked well with the photo and it saved me a long frost-bitten trek of several miles of taking the same shot with a normal lens.
I liked using Kodachrome 64 for ultra high contrast scenes like this one. Velvia wasn't around when this image was taken, but I believe that that high contrast nature of Velvia would have been counter-productive for the backlit scene shown here. This old favorite of professional photographers handled the high contrast very well. I intentionally underexposed the photo by one and 1/2 stops to keep from overexposing the blowing snow.
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kscholtes (0) 2007-12-26 16:56
I liked it enormously.
To think that this was taken only a few hours ago, and now I'm looking at it from the other side of the Atlantic....
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-12-26 17:38
An old beauty. Technically very well captured, and artistically very well framed.
Very interesting note.
An excellent work
Hoping you had a nice Christmas, with better news for you and your family.
jwmunro (286) 2007-12-26 18:10
Hello Stan -
Top notch landscape for sure! I like the back lit scene as it adds just tons of drama to the image. The UE foreground balances the bright blue sky and focuses attention on the two mountain ridges. The image is just a bit over sharpened as there is a halo on the ridge lines. Regardless of the sharpening this is an excellent image made with a superior product for the time. Bravo, well done!
Thank you for sharing.
jmcl (14535) 2007-12-26 19:44
Wonderful to see some posts .. here you are up in my neck of the woods ..
I really love the way the extreme brights and darks of this image ... amplify the wind and the power of these peaks. Very nice.
Floydian (30970) 2007-12-27 0:42
I never used the Kodachrome, it was to warm for me on the colours and the time it took before you had your slides back took sometimes weeks. I was a real Fuji shooter with the RDP and after that the Velvia came and i was sold for the rest of my analog era.
Much later i saw some very good Kodachrome images, even portraits (where the Velvia is not good at) and they looked stunning. This landscape is another example how good that film was. There is lots of detail and contrast under these difficult light conditions...a good exposure but also scanning job...well done, i like it.
I also bring always my 300m/m with me, you can make interesting compositions with, just as you did here.
delic (6735) 2007-12-27 1:00
For some reason I've been missing your photos lately. This is a beautiful one, now 20 years old. I too liked K64 and K25 better than Velvia in scenes like this one. But getting Kodachrome processed was not always easy. Best wishes for 2008!
feather (51128) 2007-12-27 8:02
The backlighting has worked perfectly to outline the different layers of mountains which appear closer together no doubt thanks to the 300mm. I thought is was mist and low cloud but I read it is blowing snow. You captured a wonderful atmosphere.
japiey (10163) 2007-12-27 10:09
I am so happy watching this...
mesutilgim (72900) 2007-12-27 12:13
Hello dear Stan,my dear friend.
Very nice capture, full of serenity. Good pov and very well compo. Good decision that you have used Kodachrome 64 (almost 20 years ago) for this capture. Unfortunately my archive consists mainly of diapositives of Agfa (German brand). All blues are green and red's violet !
TFS and best regards
emjleclercq (15778) 2007-12-27 13:34
A more suitable view for the current season than you ballet postings. Despite the age, the image remains very nice and illustrates quite weel the comment you made to me. I especially like the snow blown off by the wind.
All the best,
mpsf (731) 2008-01-01 10:10
Hola Stan, maravillosa fotografia con buena luminosidad y color. El enfoque es perfecto, y casi podemos notar el frio de las heladoras montaņas cubiertas de nieve. Un saludo.
ben4321 (9875) 2008-01-03 8:34
I like it Stan - the atmospheric conditions have made for an equally atmospheric image, thanks to the way you handled the scene.
I like how the telephoto has compressed the perspective, and the silhouetted hillside at the bottom frames the scene nicely.
Most of all though, it's that snow blowing off the rocky summit that makes the shot - great stuff!
plimrn (21344) 2008-01-28 8:23
Beautiful work; the backlit clouds make the the mountain glow with light. The framing is great with the strong diagonal of the ridge, the shark's tooth highlighted by the glowing clouds and the lovely contrast of the blue sky,