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Rise to the Peak....... by JakeSpain Rise to the Peak....... by JakeSpain
....of your physical potential.

Getting here almost killed me but respect and thanks to Mr. Nail I made it up and down the country and this mountain.

Rise over Suilven, showing the beginning of the path back down.
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TristessaArt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
amazing landscape, beautiful colours :wow:
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MorganWolfram Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Writer
Awesome!
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Wiznitch Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Stunning.
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sergbel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
beautiful :D
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks.
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a stunning scene and the lighting is so perfect showing up the details in the foreground and the background beyond.
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cmrlj Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
nuts. and hard to decide between this one, and the one you've "scrapped".
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SvenMueller Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Without the processing (Scrap) I see no ring around the sun - it's better without one. Perhaps you've used the rebuilding/recovery in Photoshop to strong? :)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thankyou. Interesting. I have had a look back through my processing and I cannot find where the error comes from. Usually this kind of artefact results from camera/colour profiles within Lightroom. I have not used recovery. It's a bit of a headache now...I will have to return to this at a later date.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
it color channel clipping...Its unavoidable if you have high levels of saturation shooting into the sun. Best thing you can do is use exposure averaging to soften it. Or avoid the oversaturation in this particular case
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
exposure averaging??
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
take an image say 0.2 stops brighter and one 0.2 dark and average with this exposure. The transition line moves between those exposures so when you average it's softened. That was an original piece of Alex Nail problem solving FYI
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porbital Featured By Owner May 29, 2011   Photographer
This photo is feature to my latest journal [link]
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thankyou.
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hotonpictures Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
beautifully blended out of 2, and what a place to be for a sunrise
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KrisKozlowskiMoore Featured By Owner May 11, 2011   Photographer
Awsome shot, level of detail is soooooo good :D am i right in saying this is a HDR image? And what post processing did you do to the shot? :D

Thanks

:)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I am offended by you saying this is HDR ;) NO! I haven't used hdr for years now and I haven't looked back....
2 stop hard grad filter, 2 exposures, blended by hand in photoshop. HDR always looks bad and unnatural and the images it produces are soft and no good for print.....

Anyway thanks for the compliments glad you like it...
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KrisKozlowskiMoore Featured By Owner May 13, 2011   Photographer
Sorry!! ahah im not too experienced in that field so when i see a picture with really good details in all areas then i sort of presumer it's HDR but i'm almost glad you said its not as i agree HDR can give funny results sometimes.

What do you mean by hand blending them? could you give me a quick quick guide as in just the rough outline of the process? that would be awsome!

Great photo again!

Kris
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
OK thanks for the interest, I'll give you an answer but it will have to be brief. I think you can find out the rest on DA or on the web if you want to learn more...

Basically "hand blending" refers to the process which I and many others are using to create higher dynamic range images manually in photoshop. HDR is not really a bad word but the process which the image goes through to produce an HDR image know as Tone Mapping is bad. It is automated and affects every area of the image giving that unreal nasty look. So creating a blended image is a more realistic way of getting a higher dynamic range (or range of recorded light) into a shot.

Firstly more than one exposure is created, usually (in my case) at the capture stage but sometimes at the initial processing stage so simply speaking one bright and one dark exposure, one for highlights and one for shadows. Neither of these shots is usable on it's own. So by blending the correctly exposed elements of each exposure into a finished image gives the desired effect, an image with a wider range of available tones.

Those 2 exposures are therefore overlayed within PS and a layer mask is created which allows parts of the each to be shown to different degrees. The most simple blend would be a sky, a straight horizon and a sea. One exposure for the sky, one for the sea and the layer mask would just be a very simple gradient between the 2 exposures aligned across the horizon showing the sky exposure at the top and the sea exposure at the bottom of the frame.

After that things get more complicated, objects and areas have to be masked around and different areas darkened and lightened to different degrees. Some images take 3 or more exposures to achieve. Sometimes a difficult image might take me (fairly inexperienced!) 2-3 hours to achieve. Usually though blends take 10-40 minutes to create. This image for example took me about 30 mins. But consider that it took me 2 minutes to set up my camera 2 seconds to shoot.....7 hours to climb the mountain 4 hours to get back to the car and 10 hours to travel to it and 10 hours back.....
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KrisKozlowskiMoore Featured By Owner May 15, 2011   Photographer
ahah thank you very much for taking the time to explain! I understand nowish and will search youtube etc.. for some video examples but that helped a lot!

Thanks again! :)

Great photos..

Kris
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x-ybase Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
...where is this? i just so wanna go there once... maybe twice. or more. :)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Northern Scotland, a 10 hour drive for me and a 6 hour hike....
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Greg-McKinnon Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Photographer
Unbelievable view, how was the processing on this one? Looks tricky :P
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Easy but probably needs to be redone a little better.
Thank you Greg.
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Greg-McKinnon Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Photographer
I forgot to say how well taken the photo was on your part :P I've got a thing for paths and I love this one, perfectly composed :)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks.
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scotto Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Photographer
picture perfect, great work. :)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks.
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
i think some people would kill to get that view!!!!!
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It almost killed me.
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
glad you made it back!!!!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Photographer
absolute stunner!
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Some intense light here, lovely landscape. Looks like you guys killed this trip :)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh we killed it alright. Thanks Drew.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   General Artist
Fantastic shot :)

yeah it's hard work getting up these places with all the gear :D I've done 3 munros, about 20 miles of mountain walking in a day.. up ben nevis and 2 other munros either side, with over 20KG of gear and it was damn near 30 degrees all day ;) Fun times!
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nutcase! Good for you man.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
This is lovely, and yes, it is better than Alex's shot. It's the little things, the light on the foreground grass and the red earth on the path. It's also processed differently too, and I think I prefer the processing of this shot.
Alex says that he thinks his processing is more realistic, and I know that's Alex's aim in landscape photography is a faithful representation of reality. Personally though, I'm not all that bothered about how faithful to reality a shot is for a whole host of reasons, and besides, this is very very realistic.
A stunning shot Jake, treat yourself to a big print of it
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That print bit put a smile on my face, I haven't printed one of my shots for like 4 years and I keep saying I will get a print-folio together but hard to know where to start.

I think I have pushed the processing further than Alex, I like to turn things up a little but I am becoming a purist more and more so I have limitations. I don't want photos to exactly represent a scene as it was put simple that is not what I see photography as.
As you guessed this is pretty realistic, the scene was mind blowing....
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
start by just printing a few with ProAm imaging. Its so cheap you would be crazy not to. That way you can print first and think second :P
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Are you picking up a personality flaw here?

Do first and think second indeed.....

I have little confidence in my images/processing and ability to print.....
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you're images look good on my screen so just get them printed! Last time I checked you can download the printer profile from ProAm. You just convert to their print profile in photoshop, save upload and pay :) The quality is excellent
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Alex. And whilst we're on the subject can you please give me a proper processing critique for this shot. I need to improve and I need your honesty.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think its generally very good, I just think the sky is too dark. I would brighten it with curves. and brighten it with curves again on the right hand side to counteract the light falloff. You've also increased the contrast/saturation a little more than my personal taste but thats a personal thing. Overall I wouldnt actually criticise your processing but I would do it a little differently :)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Reprocessed at last...better?? lens corrected with DXO,used camera WB instead of daylight, less contrast, less work generally....

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Annabelle-Chabert Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Photographer
What an incredible view from this dreaming place ! A landscape you make me want to visit !! :-)
Great capture and light :clap:
Best regards from France ;-)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. It would be well worth the effort for you to visit this place.
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adamlack Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Now that's an inspiring image. Glad you made it up so you could get this! :D
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, yeah, tough capture due to the walk and rough sleep but worth it.
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