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First snow in Yosemite, first trip w/LX5, lessons learned (big pics)

Discussion in 'Nature' started by tanngrisnir3, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    Just got back yesterday evening after a weekend for at Yosemite w/the g/f for the first snowfall of the year, and the weather did not disappoint. This was the first time ever for using my LX5, and everything was shot manual. I shot RAW and 'fine' .jpg, and everything here is .jpg, since I only have Silkypix and have zero idea thus far how to use it to my liking. Saturday night dumped another foot (at least) on the valley.

    Lesson 1: I kept looking for a long exposure function, as I had to do in my old FS7, and then, after driving out of the park, it occurred to me, "Hey, Jackass, just leave the shutter open for a long time. It's full manual, you can do that." Oi! I wish I'd thought of that for the moonrise over Valley View, but I'm so used to the camera having computer-driven options that something so simple just didn't occur to me.

    Lesson 2: I could have just converted all my RW2 files over to .tiffs and THEN worked on them in Photoscape, or something else I'm familiar with, but that, too, didn't occur to me until I'd already spent time working on .jpgs.

    The famous elm in Cook's Meadow, w/Halfdome juuuust coming through the mist


    The classic Valley View shot, that I usually avoid like the plague, but this one caught my eye because of the one, single yellow leaf at the bottom. I'm also happy that I could get El Cap Gully in at the left side of the shot.


    Fallen tree, Merced River, Cathedral Beach


    Same thing, different reflective view


    Another warhorse: the famous copse of trees in Awahnee Meadow. Just enough color on top to keep it interesting.


    Snow on fallen tree, Merced River, looking west from the bridge if one turns left on South Side Drive i/o going right to Curry. I can never remember the name.


    Looking NE from other side of bridge.


    Royal Arches B&W


    Finally, the shot I wish I'd had a much longer shutter open for. The moon was out for literally 1 minute. I'm converting it to a .tiff from RAW and letting my pro g/f work on it in Lightroom.

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  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, is right!

    I am duly impressed and very glad you brought your new LX5 along with you - these are super photos, tann! (I have to figure out a good nick name for you, tanngrisnir3). What breathtaking country - you did it proud. :bravo-009:
  4. mmacleodbrown

    mmacleodbrown Regular

    Oct 10, 2010
    Absolutely stunning photo's - you are so lucky to have scenery like that near you, but even luckier to have the eye to do the scenery justice - well done and thanks for sharing..
  5. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Just for a quick reply, these are mighty impressive:cool:  I'm going to look at them at my leisure and try to pick out the best bits!
  6. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    Thanks, you guys. I am happy my new camera is happily giving me great camera happiness.

    I'm still kicking myself about that last one, and not actually realizing that all I had to do was choose a shutter setting at, say, 10-15 seconds.

    I was standing there scrolling like an idiot through all these menu trees on the LCD screen, knee-deep in snow, hoping to find one that said "long exposure" or something.

    When I told the g/f, she justifiably laughed and noted that unlearning old habits is just as important as learning new equipment.
  7. summerkl

    summerkl Veteran

    Oct 11, 2010
    Vancouver, Canada
    Wow seems to be the appropriate response!
  8. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Well, it might be a cliche, but those are beautiful. I keep looking at the LX5, your shots are a great advert for it, but lets not forget the person behind the lens, well done.

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  9. MichaelChiara

    MichaelChiara Regular

    Jul 9, 2010
    When I opened and saw the images I was totally blown away by the beauty you have captured. Really awesome job, I especially love the 1st and 2nd images. Very very nice
    Well done!

    Thank you
  10. wt21

    wt21 Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    I want to go to there!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!
  11. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I have no words - they're that good...

  12. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    One more, for good measure. Bridalveil Falls, w/about 1 1/2 of the three Cathedral Rocks visible.

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  13. kathyh

    kathyh Top Veteran

    Jul 13, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    Wow is right. These are beautiful.
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  14. bbodine9

    bbodine9 Regular

    Jul 11, 2010
    Fantastic photos! The timing and compostion bring it all together. What time of day were these taken and also what did you do in Photoscape? Please keep contributing!
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  15. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    I just reread your intro, tanngrisnir3, and all I can say is keep doing whatever the heck it is you're doing. Am I correct that these photos all came from jpeg and that you did not use your RAW files?

    Ansel Adams just rolled over. I am am just amazed at the range of tones and detail. Don't ever forget those "lessons learned" but please share them all here!:biggrin:
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  16. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    They were all taken shortly before noon, and, for some reason, totally brightened up when I used either the contrast or the 'level' controls in Photoscape. One or two looked a wee bit better w/a touch of backlighting. That's it.
  17. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    Yes, those are straight jpegs. I've been too busy with work and other things, since we got back, to convert the RW2 to tiff and then start working on them in Photoscape. I'd do it with Silkypix, but I'm unfamiliar with it, it's not intuitive at all, and I'm a bit lost in it, i.e., I don't know how to get the same results in Silky that I know how to get in Photoscape.

    What I'm assuming is that, due to the nature of RAW, if I convert them to .tiff and then work on them in Photoscape, they should be (theoretically) even better than the .jpegs, but I'm not sure if that will turn out to be the case.
  18. Mal

    Mal Veteran

    Sep 23, 2010
    Liverpool / UK
    awesome !!!
  19. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
  20. Boyzo

    Boyzo Veteran

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wow these are beautiful :bravo-009:

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