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Swiftcurrent Lake and Grinnell peak

Swiftcurrent Lake and Grinnell peak
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Copyright: Mike Basil (mbasil) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-01
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-03 10:25
Viewed: 3063
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm just back from our annual family trip to Glacier National Park. This is a shot from the Swiftcurrent nature trail that circles the lake near the Many Glacier Hotel. The main peak in the background is Swiftcurrent mountain. I am still trying to play with fg with this UWA lens, in this case the reeds in the lake.

As I was packing I could only find one battery, so I stuffed that in my camera case. For some reason I didn't think to pack my charger. But after shooting some flash-filled shots of the kids I noticed the battery was almost drained, and I had 2 fulls days of vacation left! So I immediately turned off my LCD. Then each time the battery pooped out, I would take the battery out of the camera, and warm it my hand to get a couple more shots. Somehow I managed to nurse it through 2 days like that. (Just in case you ever find yourself in similar circumstances). But I ended up with a couple really stupid exposure settings, like after taking an evening shot, I left the ISO at 800. I usally review those after every shot.

PP: A contrast adjustment, a slight rotation (to level the horizon), a resize, frame, and USM.

RP: I think Evelynn was right about too many dark trees on the left of the shot. By cropping it even more seriously than her workshop, I got much more focus on the grass as a foreground, and I also got several prominent objects along the 1/3 lines both horizontal and vertical. So I like the composition much better this way.

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Hello Mike,
exceedingly nice landscape, each element is in perfection here.
made my day.

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  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2007-09-03 11:38]

Hi Mike,

Very nice composition, I like the foreground so soft and the majestic mountain on BG, beautiful colors, pleasant for eyes
Thank you

Hi Mike,
Nice image. I do like the mountains and the blue sky.
Well done

Hi Mike,

A nice image of the Swiftcurrent lake and of the Grinnell peak, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


I do think is is a stronger composition Mike. The image on my monitor looks like it has lost a bit of saturation compared to the original post??

Thanks for the battery info.

Evelynn : )

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