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'Do You Want Ice?'

By briantjjones
An image taken of the Hubbard Glacier while travelling through the Inside Passage Alaska last August. I was amazed at the colours and while taking a number of shots there was a load crashing noise and I managed to capture this shot just as a large sheet od ice broke away from the main part of the glacier. I used Lightroom 5 to boost the contrast and vibrance.

Thanks for taking the time to view.

Regards, Brian J.

Tags: Seascapes Glaciers Alaska Landscape and travel

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Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
5 Aug 2013 12:03PM
Certainly well timed to capture the ice breaking off
Regards Richard

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great capture. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
5 Aug 2013 3:49PM
You've captured that blue in the ice very well. I wonder if upping the exposure just a tad might make it pop more? Just a thought. I sometimes take people's advice, and other times I don't Grin

dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 329 England
5 Aug 2013 8:21PM
I agree with Anne, this deserves more pop.
Try increasing the contrast a little but also give the clarity a boost when converting from RAW.
6 Aug 2013 1:54PM
Folks thanks for your kind comments and suggestions, they are much appreciated.

Regards, Brian J.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3528 Canada
6 Aug 2013 4:24PM
Ive downloaded it and increased exposure, - its quite a bit under, and with this tweaked and a little sharpening, it looks very good.

If you still have the original large file, I would be happy to tweak it for you, you can send it to if you like.


Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
6 Aug 2013 4:46PM
Most has been said, it is under exposed, quite easily corrected either in RAW or photoshop.

Open a levels adjustment, then drag the RH slider in until it just touches the edge of the graph. Then the same for LH slider (for more accurate result hold down alt key when doing it then you will see the pixels that are been affected - then back off a fraction).

Then adjust the central slider to increase the exposure

I may also be tempted to add a curves adjustment - place an ancor point in the shadows as you dont want these to block out, then about 3/4 the way up the curve pull it up slightly (dont overdo it). This will make the whites pop

Oh and change blend modes of levels / curves to luminosity. Why? well when you make levels / curves adjustments in normal mode it increases saturation and sometimes causes colour crunching - luminosity only affects the brightness values and not saturation.

I also think your white balance is too cool - the shadow edges of the glazier are a very distinct blue so for accuracy it could do with raising a bit (I understand if its a creative decision). As you increased vibrance this would have exaserbated this somewhat.

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