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10-31-2010, 12:44 PM   #1
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The Road
Lens: 18-55 Camera: K-M Photo Location: Jasper/ Lake Louise 

Took this photo drining from Jasper to Lake Louise, summer 2010


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11-01-2010, 10:55 AM   #2
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The Icefields Highway is so full of stunning splendor that it can easily take a couple of weeks to drive the route for a photographer. This is a nice mountain image that could be improved by upping the overall contrast. Move the black point up a bit in Curves or Levels for a start.
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As a landscape I think it's stunning and I quite like the composition, with the road curving away at the end. I would have probably exposed for the snow and cloud highlights, which are clipped.
If you had a raw image and the right software (i.e. Lightroom), you could probably recover a fair bit of detail from the clouds and snow area, which have blown highlights.
There is a slope along the snow:rock and rock:sky interface where you could easily pop a digital graduated neutral density filter to try and recover detail here.
I don't think your black point needs fiddling, however, the shadows on the pines are plenty dark enough as it is.
I think the two things I would do would be to darken the sky and snow areas by 1-2 f-stops, and maybe increase local contrast (clarity) in the top half of the picture, beyond the trees, to overcome the haze a bit.
Composition-wise I would probably add a point of interest in the foreground, being careful not to make it too distracting from the background. Something like a walker resting on his stick looking away from you and towards the landscape might be evocative, though perhaps a bit cliched... Then again you'd need a walker standing by for you in the first place
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"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
My preference would be to crop out all the highway that is in shadow right to where it is bright.

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I think there is way too much of the road and it's not too interesting. I'd crop most of the bottom part off but leave a bit of the shadowy portion in order to show where the sun appears.

And try landscape orientation to show the width of the scenery better.
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Landscape orientation would have suited this scene well.
Boost the contrast with curves and the use of a graduated ND filter would have equalised the native contrast of the scene to help add drama to the sky (which I think would be well applied here).
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