Photographer's Note

The moon rising near Guadalupe Peak (highest point in Texas) and Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

This photo accompanies my previous TE posting “Top ’O Texas” which was taken just as the sun was setting over the horizon. This shot was taken approximately 10 minutes later. The angle is obviously a little different from the previous one to incorporate the moon rising over the mountains.

I had to make a few typical PP adjustments (resizing for TE upload requirements and subsequent sharpening) and one which I don't usually have to in order to bring the brightness down a bit. I had to drop the brightness 40 +/- points to get close to the what the scene actually looked like in person. I suppose the shutter was open too long due to the low light environment. I was pleased that the clouds above the peak were still visible and that some vibrant color was picked up. The photo turned out ok I guess but I’m not totally satisfied with my overall composition. The palm may have been placed better and the bit of foreground clutter is a little disturbing.

Regarding PP work, I’ve never cloned any thing out of my photos. Even though I have the software to do it, I generally keep my adjustments pretty basic… cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast as needed and trying to keep the colors as true as possible as to what they were during the shot. Extravagant PP work really isn’t my cup of tea so to speak. I’ve never really learned how to do much of it because I feel there is a bit of an ethical line which can be crossed if significant doctoring is done on a photo. At that point, the shot becomes less about what the photographer actually saw and tried to capture and more about what technology can do to turn an average photograph into a better one. Hopping off my soapbox now… ;)

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Gray Waddell (Graymond) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 84 W: 0 N: 30] (234)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2010-01-29
  • Categories: Natureza
  • Exposição: f/2.8, 1/8 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2010-02-09 12:01
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Points: 6
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