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Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
This photo is of Sofa Mountain and its' reflection in this pond, home of a beaver family, you can see thier lodge at the center by the far bank. The shot was taken early morning and handheld. This area is in recovery from a fire, the results can be seen mainly on the right.

Sofa Mountain Fire from Parks Canada.
Bold red headlines screamed - "Waterton Park ablaze" and "Blaze-Busting Battle". National television featured spectacular shots of flames extending hundreds of metres above blazing tree tops. A lightning-caused fire had erupted on Waterton's Sofa Mountain in the early morning of September 2nd, 1998.

Fanned by strong winds, a smouldering lightning strike quickly became an intense and rapidly moving fire. Decades of fire suppression had created unnaturally high amounts of dead timber and ground debris, which fueled the fire. These factors initially hindered fire fighting efforts, but fortunately, the fire was affected by an unusual wind event. Winds from an ajacent valley created an eddy effect, similar to a rock in a river, which turned the fire back on itself and stalled its advance. This gave fire crews a chance to gain control.

As promised Jay.

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Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Photoshop Elements
Edited by:Evelynn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)

I was just experimenting with different techniques and all of a sudden I got this...which I think is interesting. I don't really know just how I did it. It has to do with the Shadows and Highlights sliders. I didn't even use an adjustment layer. I think it is kind of dramatic.

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Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Different composition
Edited by:SunToucher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)

Hi Rick,
The photo is already beautiful as it is. But I think that with a different crop and some levels and curves adjustments, the overall composition becomes better.

I first set the white and black points with levels. (hold the alt and move the shadow and highlight slider inward untill you see black and white) I then created a curve for some more contrast in the sky. I masked the FG, lake and shoreline. Both actions done with adjustment layers.

I then cropped part of th sky, so that the horizon moved toward the 1/3 line and so that the mountain looks higher. IMHO, the sky wasn't adding anything to the composition.

I hope you like this different POV.

Niek