The Ridge

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 13 April 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A group of skiiers following a 'black' run down a ridge in the French alps.

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Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

A great shot, Ian. It is very National Geographic. I mean that in a good way :-)

13 Apr 2008 5:12am

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael.....I love the National Geographic photos so that's very encouraging!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Spectacular.

13 Apr 2008 6:08am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!

Rhys from Darlington, United Kingdom

great shot Ian.

13 Apr 2008 6:45am

@Rhys: Thanks Rhys!

Alun Lambert from Cheshire, United Kingdom

Great image.

13 Apr 2008 10:47am

@Alun Lambert: Thanks Alun!

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Very strong image with wonderful composition.

13 Apr 2008 10:52am

@GJC: Thanks GJC....how did the 2 week trip to China go? I hope you were able to find time to take some photos!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Stark and timeless.

13 Apr 2008 10:53am

@MadScientist: Thanks for that!.....starkness in photos is a good thing in my book (nothing worse than an overcomplicated photo!)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I agree with Michael in fact it's better than any Snow top of the mountain skiers photo on Most magazines :)

13 Apr 2008 11:35am

@Lorraine: Thanks very much Lorraine....that's very encouraging!

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

Marvellously framed; breathtaking.

13 Apr 2008 3:20pm

@Daroru: Thanks Daroru....it was a very exciting placeto be with a camera!

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Awesome shot.

13 Apr 2008 7:08pm

@tom: Thanks Tom!

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Breathtaking... I wonder how you managed to get that patch of luminous white... Pp?

13 Apr 2008 7:45pm

@Guillermina: Thanks Guillermina!......the patch of very bright snow in the distance id like that on the original file and it's an area that is catching the sunlight.

The main bit of processing on this shot was selective boost in contrast to the area of snow in the foreground that forms the lead-in line.

Also there was some use of curves tool on the general photo which brought out the blacks on the right hand side. It's partly getting good tonal range with the blacks that brings out the quality of the whites to their fullest

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

starkness in photos is a good thing

*lol* I just grabbed my dictionary and found the many translations for "stark". Oops, wrong term! :-D I meant a sound between astonishment and admiration, neither "bald" nor "naked"! :)

13 Apr 2008 10:51pm

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

Excellent perspective and contrast, a wonderful image.

13 Apr 2008 11:43pm

@Observing: Thanks very much!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Another really spectacular image, Ian!! I have to agree with Michael about the Nat'l Geo.

14 Apr 2008 2:06am

@amy: Thanks Amy...what a lovely compliment!

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

As usual, very clear explanation. Thanks, Ian. I was asking because I sometimes use a soft light layer and the brush tool with a soft, traslucent white to bring out the highlights, but your white looks so crisp and bright...

15 Apr 2008 2:33pm

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

always a good surprise on your blog

18 Apr 2008 8:07am

@Pouhou: Thanks Pouhou!

treehouse productions from whale beach, Australia

Nice! Love this shot!! certainly about to drop in to a black run..! the fact that you were up there with your d80 is impressive too!! haha

23 Apr 2008 5:29am

@treehouse productions: Hi, thanks very much....I managed to drop my 10-20 lens deep into the snow at this spot but fortunately both lens caps were on and it survived without any snow or water getting inside!

Klaus from Augsburg, Germany

Your skiing pictures inspiration me - i'm a enthusiastic skier. I live 100 km near the alps, and if i have time i ride the montains. Sorry for my bad english, i have better faculties ;-))

15 May 2008 3:55pm

@Klaus: Thanks Klaus!

Nikon D40
1/800 second
F/11.0
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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