sdh: Beautiful photos, excellent work! I'm curious about something. I assume you look for scenes where the snow doesn't have signs of human traffic. When you snowshoe or skin through places like this, do you strategize your route so that your own track doesn't clutter potential scenes, or do you just go "wherever" and only look forward left & right for the best compositions?Thanks for presenting! I also appreciated the accompanying comments.
Thank you sdh,it really depends. Sometimes you have a lot of footprints to begin with so it doesn't matter much where you go. But if the snow is pristine I do my best not to ruin it for others. Usually there aren't that many people around in high winter though, so often you need to make your own routes to get to a composition.
Requin: How did you protect your gear from the coldness. Most "freeze proof" equipment goes up to -10 degrees Celcius. Don't you risk your gear going there in cold weather? I live in Finland and have broken a sensor already.
I haven't had any such problems, to be honest. I've shot in -20 and the cameras performed well.
Rishi Sanyal: Lovely work as alway, Erez. Thanks for this! Lovely sunbursts by the way. One of the new Canon 24-70s?
If I'm not mistaken it's the f/4. The f/2.8 has a different sun star.
Nope, sorry :) Tamron 24-70mm and Canon 16-35mm.
Lan: Erez; you've just added yet another place to my "to do" list. Not sure whether I should thank you for that ;) Great shots though!
As a matter of interest, why didn't you lead off with the volcano or hot springs shots? Or the camels? I know it must be difficult to choose...
I favour my volcano shots, so I'd probably have gone with those; as they're something that relatively few photographers have in their image stockpile.
Thanks Lan!I guess I wanted to save the best for last, but perhaps you're right and I should've started with those :)
Erez Marom: I'd like to see the (reportedly terrible) coma issue looked at, particularly with night photography (stars in the edges of the frame).
the thing is, you buy this lens to shoot at f/1.4 ...
I'd like to see the (reportedly terrible) coma issue looked at, particularly with night photography (stars in the edges of the frame).
Greg VdB: Lovely images Erez! As a geoscientist, I know quite a few people that have visited the Danakil depression, but seeing good pictures of this otherworldy place never gets old. I particularly liked Erta Ale with the starry background - amazing how well the Orion nebula shines through the glare! And Dallol with it's acid hot springs is as captivating as ever. I heard from a friend visiting Dallol two months ago that the level of the springs is extremely low after prolonged droughts - hopefully there'll be some rain soon! (both for this natural wonder and the inhabitants of the region...)
Thank you Greg, I hope so too (mostly for the people there but also for the photographers sake!)
alcaher: Hell on earth but heaven for photography... Great work! Usually your travel seems to be very cold places, but this seems to be the extreme oposite
Thank you alcaher, I guess I'm drawn to extreme environments, either cold or hot. Just not the boring stuff in the middle ;)
backayonder: You should come to Australia
I hope to come one day, hopefully soon :)
Westkip: "Hyperbole" ends with an 'E' not a 'Y'.
Stunning views though: Be a long time before this place is overcome by tourism. The camel caravan is one of the most evocative shots I've ever seen.
Thanks Westkip, I'm glad to know you liked the images.
fmian: Thanks for the detailed insight into how you shoot and process.
In regards to the composition, and I realise this is just my opinion but it's the first thing I noticed....
...I don't think the rocks at the bottom add anything, but rather they detract from the image by being in shadows, taking up space and not really being anything interesting to look at. The idea that they add to the flow of composition by following a similar path as the mountains is not something I feel. The water reflection of the mountains just above the rocks is what creates flow/balance in that portion of the image.
IMO it would be better off cropped.
I obviously disagree, but you're entitled to your opinion. I'm glad you've enjoyed the article!
Bill Leigh Brewer: Hi Erez-Thanks for the great article. I loved the image, but I'm really grateful for your generosity with your Lightroom/Photoshop techniques. One question: Why do you save your image in sRGB at the end instead of Adobe RGB?
Thanks Bill,I do everything in RGB. the sRGB is purely for internet use.
matthew saville: Oh my, it's time to lose that Canon 16-35! I can even see the COMA in the ~700 pixel version.
Hopefully Rokinon has a 16mm f/2.8 on the way with filter threads. (To differentiate from the already great Rokinon 14)
Yeah, results are technically less than perfect. But it's the old 16-35 and I've since gotten the new f/4. I didn't bring the 14/2.8 because I was hiking a lot and preferred to stay light.
ArtMar: Thanks Erez, for showing us your images and your post-processing techniques. (Folks who have problems with your rendition of a night scene might want to have a look at Van Gogh's "Starry Night"!)
Just a quick question: I'm wondering why you use a number of steps to manipulative luminosity values when you could just change the color space to Lab and make all (or almost all) of your adjustments at once in the L-channel curve?
There are many way to do things in Photoshop, to each his own. This way is more intuitive to me.
Chris Yates: Erez, your image is great, and better yet sharing your techniques was a very generous and selfless gesture as I mentioned in the very first post at the bottom. However, don't take all the negative posts here to heart. Most people here will rip you to shreds for no reason, it's been like that for years. Quite possibly the most aggressive forum on the web. It's the culture here. By posting here one pretty much agrees to being desecrated.
No worries Chris, I'm aware of it and used to it. Keyboard heroes never matter much.That said, I have to mention that I'm getting tons of wonderful feedback from people who deeply enjoy my articles and benefit from them. While not as public as the haters', this is by far the majority of the feedback I get, and it most definitely encourages me to keep writing for everyone to enjoy, so I think I'll keep it up.Cheers :)
Rmano: Very nice images, thank you. Although this time is the first time in your articles here on dpreview that I like the image much more with another crop... I really love the look of the top square crop, without the rocks in the foreground that are (in my very humble opinion) adding little.Great shots anyway, and thanks for sharing!
Even if you think the rocks don't add much, surely you agree that the reflection adds a lot...
rsf3127: Hi Erez.In a few weeks, I am going to spend 5 days in Los Glaciares.Is there a particular spot that you recommend, aside from laguna de los tres, sucia and torre?I always admire your work. Very well done.Thank you in advance.
Thanks, there are a few beautiful waterfalls in the area... one is right on the way back to town.
Snapper2013: I'm not too fond of the end result presented here. Shouldn't a nighttime moonlit landscape with stars look like a nighttime photo? This photo to me looks like it was shot on a sunny day with stars added in PS creating a rather unrealistic image. Where are the nighttime blacks?
Sorry if you were not looking for CC.
Hi Snapper, first of all you can feel free to criticize, no worries at all.Secondly, when viewing a night scene lit by strong moonlight (especially after being in total darkness beforehand), the eyes perceive quite a bright scene. If I recall correctly, this was, give or take, what I personally sensed. The mountain and lagoon were very brightly lit. I think the histogram also looks right.
alcaher: Great article... i would love to visit La PatagoniaWhy did you shoot the 3 images at high ISO? For technichal reason or just trying to avoid longer exporsures at lower ISOs?What really makes the Crimson shot more special than the other two for me, is not only the color but also the reflection of the mountain in the water... you can see a much better shape there, i guess no much wind during the take of the picture.
Thank you alcaher,I shot at high ISO since it was very dark. I guess I could've taken the 2 longer exposures at even lower ISOs and longer exposure times, but ISO 1600 is good enough and offered a decent balance.Yes, conditions during the 'Crimson' shot were optimal. When the sun came out the wind picked up.