• Mt Dana
  • Lembert Dome
  • Mt Gibbs
  • Mammoth Peak
  • Excellent subject! - Bronco Loco

Day After Day - Pothole Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park

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Press L, as this is so much better big on black!

The Sierra high country is timeless. These granite mountains, these meadows, and even this tree sentinel have been here longer than I've been alive and will be here much longer after I am gone. They stand day after day, month after month, year after year. Not waiting for anything, not expecting anything. No deadlines, no schedules, no Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays.

If you spend enough time in the mountains, you begin to tap into that endless cycle. The feeling of "having to do something" slips away, along with pressures, schedules, and responsibilities. I don't know anything quite so pacifying and relieving as connecting with the stillness of the mountains.

Tech notes on this photo
Nikon D7000
Tokina 12-24 f/4 at 12mm
f/9 - Sharpest spot on my lens, still adequate for full DOF with my crop sensor
1 sec.
Shady White Balance
Lee soft 3-stop GND filter

In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2)
- Processed single raw file twice, once for sky and once for the foreground and tree
- Global contrast for added pop
- Local brightness/contrast adjustments to brighten tree, enrich the sky, add contrast to granite

In Photoshop:
- Manual blend of two tiffs for master composite using an initial gradient mask, refined using a luminosity mask to paint in tree detail in the sky
- Selective sharpening of the granite, the tree, and the mountains
- Soft light burn / dodge layer, burned granite slightly
- Curves layer to add a little more saturation and oomph to sky
- Color balance layer to remove slight excess warm tint

All the best!


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  1. anthonyko 39 months ago | reply

    wow, that tree is a perfect eye-catching, excellent!

  2. DavidFrutos 39 months ago | reply

    Just beautiful!!!!
    Excellent, Joshua!!

  3. Joshua Cripps 39 months ago | reply

    Thank you everyone for the kind words.

    Yup, pothole indeed!

    What a gracious and lovely compliment. Thank you Anita!

    Haha, Jan, I just have to figure out what rent would be. Bear in mind that I do teach workshops; I do my best to dump out the contents of my brain during those.

  4. M@ H 39 months ago | reply

    Beautiful I love the colors and textures!

  5. Panorama Paul 39 months ago | reply

    Amazing tones and landscape... phew... you sure got a great sky here Joshua!!

  6. Stavros_Lmb 39 months ago | reply

    stunning composition !!! absolutely gorgeous !

  7. LindaMcD1 39 months ago | reply

    Your words are so true...and your photograph so beautiful!

  8. Pete Walsh Photography 39 months ago | reply

    I really get a sense of the age of the tree and its ability to survive harsh surroundings. I also like the way it seems to be enjoying the view and would love to run down the hill - if it only could :-)

  9. tony.mignot 39 months ago | reply

    Love the tones and compo. Great shot.

  10. Andrei Reinol 37 months ago | reply

    great landscape, beautiful colors.

  11. Caz 71♥(On & Off) 36 months ago | reply

    Hi, im an Admin for `Howards Gallery` and would be very honoured if you would consider posting your stunning photo into the Gallery.
    This Gallery is so different than anything flickr has done before, as it is an easy place to belong to and participate, yet you have to have exemplary work to be invited here, and it is my opinion that this wonderful piece here belongs with us ……. I hope you will post this picture of yours with pride into the Gallery..…and we look forward to seeing more of your talent in the future......Kind regards..Caz (A)

  12. fewstingscorpio 35 months ago | reply

    Wonderful Photo !! You Really Made A Splash!!!! Please Let Other Splashers Enjoy Your Artistic SPLASH !!
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  13. Susu_tD 33 months ago | reply

    nice gallery you have - I like this shot a lot

  14. Colskier1 27 months ago | reply

    Beautiful light, really nice composition. Just a beautiful landscape scene.

  15. Sashi Ravirajan 19 months ago | reply

    breathtaking colors and setting! Wonderful!

  16. cowlishaw 4 months ago | reply

    Wow you can take quite a few great photos! :)

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