Nice photo – I like how there's a clear distinction between the shallow-ish foreground and the much more depthly (is that even a word?) background. When I look at the image, I find it hard to see how far away the darker green vegetation is, and I think that emphasizes the monumental size of the mountain in a nice way.
How did you get detail in both sky and snow, as well as the ground – the lighting conditions seems difficult!
Have you consider straightening the image... the line between the field and the darker green background is quite straight, but sloping.
I find that my eyes wander mainly in the right side of the image – not much is happening in the left side, to catch my eye. The main stream from the mountain pass in the right captures my eyesight in the upper half of the image, and the ditch/deepening in the field (and the horses) in the bottom part. I'd like to see a portrait-format of this picture, which emphasizes theese features!
Hi, thank you. There are a few things to answer your questions. It is a HDR image made of 5 exosures to capture the high contrast. The field in the foreground is sloped (have a look at the fence..). The distances are harder to see on the foto because the size of the vegetation is different. In the lower part there are high trees that change to low bushes and grass in the higher parts. The size of the mountain is about 3200meters, the difference to the point of the viewer is about 1700 meters. And the last thing is the direction. I was standing on a road that is on the left side that I didn't want to have on the picture.
Well, there are two things I have to respond. It is a real HDR image processed out of 5 exposures, mainly because of the very high contrasts of this scenery. The second thing is that the snow IS dirty in July because rocks and mud from the mountain is covering it. Winter is giving its last fight.
Thank you for replying, I got that the snow was dirty when I magnified the image the first time, but what I meant was that the HDR makes that attribute more visible. I am really not a photographer but do use CS5 and 6 in which HDR gives the same effect to images which I see on the upper section of the image.