It’s hard work labouring over quality photographs and prints. I see people say, can’t be bothered with RAW files and always shoot JPEG. That’s fine. All the shots at my web site are minimal size JPEG. For every shot I have, however, a TIF file converted from RAW which with my current Sony A7R means a file of around 100 mb. That’s serious resolution. With every single shot I open it in Photoshop and edit it, subtly, which on occasion means almost no work or might entail thirty minutes work. This was about twenty minutes. Saturation, contrast, levels, additional to a high quality file. It’s stunning for me to see a photograph like this, equivalent to medium format film quality, fully open on my screen. What you see here are cut down versions.

At the centre of this view you can see the tiny details of a path. I walked down that path in 2009 coming from refuge Wallon. I didn’t notice it when I took this shot in 2014, walking from Oulettes de Gaube to Baysellance. When you see the bigger TIF of this picture the tiny path is easier to identify. You don’t immediately notice it, but the detail is there when you do. Notice the light playing on the top of the nearby hillside. That’s one important part of this. The other parts are the cloud below and the craggy interest behind and above it. The sky is average, nothing exceptional, which is why I don’t include too much of it.


Pyrenees Mountain Photography: Hourquette d'Ossoue 4

Monday November 24, 2014