I took the featured photo in the heart of Eastern Sierra mountains. It was the end of a two-week long driving trip through the Southwest. After driving for 3 days across deserts Nevada and the Death Valey with the extreme temperatures I could not wait to reach the mountains of the Eastern Sierra.
The last 3 days of my trip I dedicated to exploring Sierra and the June Lake was my first stop. It was a perfect morning for photography with the comfortable temperature, clear air and no people around. The only problem I faced was the boring sky with absolutely no clouds. From the very beginning, I knew that in order to make this scene to work I would have to process it as black and white.
As I mentioned before the main challenge here was the unattractive sky. In order minimize the impact of the sky area in my composition I framed the shot making the rocks and the water reflections the focal points of the composition. The mountains became the main element of the background. As you can see the sky impact to the composition is minimal.
I used a tripod and took 3 bracketed shots.
Camera: Sony a6000
Focal Length: 15mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
I am really excited to be the final stages of developing a new product: Black & White Lightroom Preset Collection for Landscape. I thought it was a great opportunity to test my new collection in the real life scenario of photo editing.
It was a single RAW file editing.
I used the Black Point preset, which is the most aggressive with the regards to pushing the contrast, from my Black & White Landscape Collection first and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Black point (8, 16, 32)
Photoshop: contrast, cleaning. I used the Stamp Tool to remove unneeded rocks in the foreground.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky mostly).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (boat, logs).