Looking Back – Yellowstone 2007 – Moose


Continuing my “Looking Back” series, the Yellowstone 2007 edition, I present The Moose . . . and a little blurb about post-processing photos.

As usual, click on the photo for a larger version. You can go to the SmugMug Gallery, for the full size version.

By the way, a shoutout to Sandra who correctly reminded me some of these were previously presented. No, not on this blog, but they yet reside in my Picasa albums (now Google+ albums).

Those are from my heady pre-blog days, when I would create an album, and then send out e-mails few would ever read. Now I can get many more people to not read my stuff. Such is progress. By the way, I am listening to THIS as I write the post (not that anyone cares).

Oh, and there was more than one moose. There were two . . . here’s some information on the plural of “moose”:
(from Wikipedia) “The use of moose in the plural is sometimes problematic. The regularly formed plural, mooses, is by now rare and its use may be regarded as irksome and uneuphonious. The form meese—formed by analogy with goose → geese—will in most cases be greeted with a snigger, and is thus generally only appropriate in humorous contexts; even pragmatics notwithstanding, because moose has Algonquian origins—wholly unrelated to the Germanic roots of goose, on whose pattern the plural meese is formed—an umlaut plural form is etymologically inconsistent. The etymologically consistent plural form would be *mosinee,[2] but this plural form sees no use in English. In ordinary common usage, moose is treated as an invariant noun, which means its plural is also moose (as with the names of many animals, such as deer and fish, which are also invariant); however, this usage can sometimes be considered stilted when a group of more than one moose are considered individually, in which case avoidance of the plural may be the best option, necessitating the employment of a circumlocution.”

I’ll leave it to the reader to look up “uneuphonious” and “circumlocution”, and no, the latter is not a surgical procedure performed on infants. Of course, everyone knows about umlauts, but still, it’s interesting chancing upon the word. 

Anyway . . . the third day in Yellowstone found us stopping well short of a large group of people looking down the side of the road. I walked up there, and saw this . . .

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No Adjustments

The conditions were very unfavorable for photographing the animal; the sun was behind and to its side, and moose are dark, and more so in the shade.

This next shot shows the adjustments I can do in Lightroom to present the subject as a person might expect their own eyes to register it (eyes have a very wide dynamic range, plus your brain messes with what you think you see – I speak of it HERE).

Lightroom processing

Lightroom processing

It’s a war between blowing out the highlights, robbing the surrounding vegetation of its texture, and brightening enough of the shadow to bring out its hidden details.

I could go Black & White . . .

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onOne Perfect B&W – disperser custom adjustments

Click on the photo – it looks better in its larger format.

However, many people prefer the color version . . . but I can play with that as well.

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onOne Perfect Effects – disperser custom adjustments

. . . and many will look at that and say “it don’t be natural”. They are correct . . . all sorts of unnatural things be done to it.

Let’s look at another example . . .

Lightroom adjustments

Lightroom adjustments

This is already “pushed” quite a lot, but I can go more, both in B&W . . .

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onOne Perfect B&W – disperser custom adjustments

. . . and in color . . .

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onOne Perfect Effects – disperser custom adjustments

Lots of detail, but again, people might object to the coloring.

But what if it’s a bit more subtle . . . would viewers pick up on it if I only showed one photo, and not the before and after?

Lightroom adjustments

Lightroom adjustments

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onOne Perfect Effects – disperser custom adjustments

Some might say the latter is over-saturated, and it probably is . . . BUT . . . more details, more texture, better differentiation to the coloring. Is that a bad thing? If the latter was the only version you saw, would you know it had been heavily manipulated (seven different effects blended and stacked in layers)?

Here’s another example:

Lightroom adjustments

Lightroom adjustments

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onOne Perfect Effects – disperser custom adjustments

A little tougher to pick, yes? It is for me.

I can make it a bit more subtle (still lots of adjusting).

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Those are all close-ups, but I think it works well for wider shots as well.

Lightroom adjustments

Lightroom adjustments

Not bad, but here’s the one with multiple layered adjustments . . . 

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Anyway, I just wanted to give my readers a taste for the difficult choices one has to make when presenting their work.

Even then, different people will react to different visual cues, and like or hate things based on their own preferences . . . and people wonder why I post so many photos.

And, for them who care about such things, I’m now listening to THIS cover of THIS song.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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Flowering

Flowering

Astute persons might have noticed these doodles, and correctly surmised they hold some significance for me, and perhaps for humanity at large.  

If you click on the doodle, and nothing happens, this is the link it’s supposed to go to: http://disperser.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/palm-vx-and-i/.

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Looking Back – Yellowstone 2007 – Bison Part III


These are the same photos as presented in the first post (Bison Part I), but treated with Holland Studio presets in onOne’s Perfect Suite Effects module. 

The first five are all processed using the HollaWide preset. It gives the photos a vague “Western” feel. 

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That processing worked (at least for me) because they are close-ups with lots of details. However, it did not work well for the wider zoom photos, so I used the HollaPeel preset.

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For me this preset has an even ‘stronger’ Western feel to it. Others might not agree.

As usual, click on the photo for a larger version. You can go to the SmugMug Gallery, for the full size version (but not much larger than what you see if you click on these).

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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The Gilded Cage

The Gilded Cage

Astute persons might have noticed these doodles, and correctly surmised they hold some significance for me, and perhaps for humanity at large.  

If you click on the doodle, and nothing happens, this is the link it’s supposed to go to: http://disperser.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/palm-vx-and-i/.

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Looking Back – Yellowstone 2007 – Bison Part II


These are the same photos as presented in the previous post (Bison Part I), but post-processed with one of my onOne Perfect Black & White conversions settings (the “Perfect” is the name of the program, not an assessment of my efforts). 

As such, there is not much of a narrative . . . actually, to the likely delight of many, there is none.

As usual, click on the photo for a larger version. You can go to the SmugMug Gallery, for the full size version (but not much larger than what you see if you click on these).

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One more post is coming today; again, same photos, but different treatments for the photos.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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Addiction

Addiction

Astute persons might have noticed these doodles, and correctly surmised they hold some significance for me, and perhaps for humanity at large.  

If you click on the doodle, and nothing happens, this is the link it’s supposed to go to: http://disperser.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/palm-vx-and-i/.

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Looking Back – Yellowstone 2007 – Bison Part I


I plan on running concurrent “Looking Back” series . . . and this one is about our 2007 visit to Yellowstone National Park.

Like the Hawaii 2003 Looking Back series, there is a SmugMug Folder specific to the galleries in this series HERE.

I begin by covering some of the buffalo photos in a three posts miniseries that will go live two hours apart from each other.

As usual, click on the photo for a larger version. You can go to the SmugMug Gallery, for the full size version (but not much larger than what you see if you click on these).

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This was photographed early morning on the way to Lamar Valley from West Yellowstone, where we were staying. We were hoping to see wolves, but I should have stopped to photograph the many interesting sights along the way. The temperature had dipped to below freezing, and frost covered near everything . . . including this buffalo, which might have been sleeping, but was likely just lethargic due to the cold.

Later in the day, we were briefly held up by a small herd grazing close to the road, and occasionally crossing the same.

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Eventually, they got moving . . . 

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While many buffalos travel in herds, there are the occasional iconic loners who present themselves as part of a larger vista.

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By the way, while one ‘knows” these are large animals, it’s really brought home when one walk right by your car, and is looking at you eye to eye . . . or would be if you weren’t busy staring at what looks like a very sharp and hardened horn.

Many people are – how shall I put it – quite stupid when it comes to getting too close to these guys. 

Worst yet, you can be trapped between cars of stupid people, and risk being the unintended victim of other people’s stupidity. After so many visit, we have learned to avoid getting blocked off.

It’s easy . . . when you see animals and people, you stop well short of where they are. Anyway, two more posts are coming up; same photos, but different treatments for the photos.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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The Bonnet in the Vase

The Bonnet in the Vase

Astute persons might have noticed these doodles, and correctly surmised they hold some significance for me, and perhaps for humanity at large.  

If you click on the doodle, and nothing happens, this is the link it’s supposed to go to: http://disperser.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/palm-vx-and-i/.

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Untitled Novel Scheduled release of Chapter 30


For Doryn - maybe

A (hopefully) fun treat for my readers, created with Pulp-o-mizer.

Dear loyal readers: Chapter 30 of my Untitled Novel just went live HERE. It is password protected. If you are a regular reader, your previously obtained password should unlock it. (leave a comment below if it does not)

If you are interested in reading the novel, you can request a password by e-mailing me at “ejdalise” “at” “gmail” “.” “com” (obviously, without the quotes or spaces).

However, before doing that I suggest you start with the first few chapters. They are not password protected, and should give you a sense for whether you would enjoy reading the rest.

Thank you.

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