On the wall, too….

31 responses

  1. I would love to see an HDR treatment of this, Scott, to bring out the details in the sky and a little more also in the deep shadows of the near face of the wall. Did you bracket? Not that I don’t like it the way it is–I do, I do!

    August 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    • Good morning, Gary – the program I use for post-processing (Picasa) doesn’t have a good HDR application, somehow…the one it does have is referred to as “HDR-ish,” and doesn’t do anything near what I’ve seen others accomplish with their own HDR treatment…and I did not bracket the photograph either…truthfully, the subject is nearly Greek to me and definitely not something I can do yet, as I am using a point-and-shoot and it doesn’t have such frills. I did crop the bottom portion of the image, added some shadow, sharpened it, and used what the software refers to as a “cinemascope” treatment to render the richer sepia tones. I thought it turned-out pretty nicely…and I’m glad you liked it, too. 🙂

      August 14, 2012 at 5:54 am

  2. What a great place. I love the colours in the stone (slate?).

    August 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

    • It is a great place, Meanderer. I’ll be putting together a series on the visit pretty soon. And yes, I believe that is a variety of slate. The picture is actually the back-side of a damn, and if you notice the little bit of green down in the lower left corner of the shot, it’s between 20 and 30 feet up to the bottom of the wall where my son is standing.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:57 am

  3. The wall has been conquered. 🙂 I really like this shot with all it’s falling away pieces and wonderful composition.
    I find the muted colours perfect.

    August 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

    • Thank you, Karen…it sure does have that appearance, doesn’t it? 🙂 I appreciate your kind words….

      August 14, 2012 at 5:58 am

  4. Smashing photograph Scott.

    August 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    • Thank you, Chillbrook. 🙂

      August 14, 2012 at 5:59 am

  5. Brilliant Scott. A beautiful composition of a stunning location. Wow. Stark and stunning. Love the spindly trees and the heroic figure. Excellent.

    August 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    • I love your words, John…thank you. 🙂

      August 14, 2012 at 5:59 am

  6. What a totally perfect image… it’s definitely you in your favored environment. King of the Mountain!
    Sure hope you don’t muck it up with HDR.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    • Thank you, Miss Gunta…thought it was pretty cool, my own self. 🙂

      And my HDR toy doesn’t work well enough to mess with, truly.

      August 14, 2012 at 6:00 am

      • Oooops… thought it was you! 😳 You two look similar, but mostly it was the pose of owning that mountain (wall) that gave me the impression it was you. I remember the previous shot of your son and thought you might have traded places. It’s still a really wonderful shot and a great reminder of a great day!

        August 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        • Oh…there you go with your blushing icon! And yes, my son was still up there on the wall admiring the mountains and the rest of the view…. Thank you for the nice words, again, Gunta…I’m glad you enjoy the photo as much as we/I do. 🙂

          August 15, 2012 at 6:36 am

  7. Victoria

    Great composition. Interesting looking wall of rocks.

    August 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    • Thank you, Victoria…it’s the back-side of a damn on a mountain lake. Will be posting a series of photos from the visit pretty soon. I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      August 14, 2012 at 6:01 am

  8. Is that spot as high in elevation as it looks?

    August 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    • The wall itself is about four feet high, it’s between 20-30 feet from the bottom left of the photo up to the base of the wall…and the lake that is being dammed by the wall is about 8,900 feet in elevation…wasn’t sure which elevation you meant, so I gave you all of it. 🙂

      August 14, 2012 at 6:08 am

  9. Nut Balls

    Wow…you ALMOST made me look cool! 🙂 I really like what you did with the picture. That spot is definitely as high in elevation as it looks…

    August 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    • So, why were they building stone walls on mountain tops? Must have been more than just the challenge of it all to get people working that hard.

      August 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      • I’ll be having a series of photos on the hike, Allen, but this is actually a dam on the back-side of the lowest of three lakes in this area. It was built as a catchment for irrigation water to be used in the summer months…..

        August 14, 2012 at 6:13 am

    • I thought you looked VERY cool up there, Nathan…. I’m glad you like the processing…and yes, you were way up there. 🙂

      August 14, 2012 at 6:09 am

  10. Look at all that stone and rock, pretty incredible.

    August 13, 2012 at 1:18 am

    • I thought so, too, Leanne…. 🙂

      August 14, 2012 at 6:14 am

  11. Liana

    a rocky stream, literally…what a richly metaphorical shot

    August 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

    • A rocky cascade, indeed, Liana…thank you for visiting…and for letting me know you were here. 🙂

      August 14, 2012 at 6:14 am

  12. LOVE the colours and textures! Brilliant photo Scott!

    August 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

    • Thank you, Madhu. 🙂

      August 14, 2012 at 6:15 am

  13. yazrooney

    What a lovely photo. The colours are amazing.

    August 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

  14. It’s absolutely beautiful as it is, Scott. Sometimes, I think HDR images that I see are overdone and don’t look at all natural. I use Snapseed to enhance details and clean up slightly out-of-focus shots. There are some powerful features in that freebie. I think it was free. If not, it nearly was. I also find Pic Monkey online to be very handy to resize and clarify photos. I use Paintshop pro to take out the noise and adjust light, etc. I can’t do much else with my photos. Heck, if they aren’t pretty good right out of the camera, there isn’t much masking that! 🙂

    August 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    • Thankyou, George…I will have to look into Snapseed and see what I can find there for a little bit of clean-up. I appreciate the info…and your kind words about my photo. 🙂

      August 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

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