I’m sharing two photos I’ve reprocessed while still recovering from my annoying ankle injury. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to get back out in the mountains. Also I now have a Facebook page where I’ll also be posting any new creative work, like it if you want to stay in the loop: http://www.facebook.com/lukeallenhumphrey. Facebook does currently support larger images when compared to my personal site and 500px, which is nice. I plan to update my personal site to accommodate larger images, video, and social integration…at some point.
The first image shows my friend Brendan and I near the edge of a cliff above our campsite, which is near Sahale’s summit. The camera is sitting on the edge of another cliff on a rock saddle that stretches toward Boston Peak and Mt. Buckner. It took some time to walk from the camera where you see the headlamp, and it began to get really dark, therefore underexposing the images once the Milky Way became visible. This resulted in either an image that was much too dark to appreciate the landscape, or an image that was far too noisy if correcting exposure in post. The reprocessing involved transplanting stars from other images to match how the Milky Way and stars were displayed here (exact overlay, no elements were added/changed), and trying some new experimental Photoshop techniques to remove more noise from the stars. I also replaced the tent with another exposure where the tent was lit more evenly (same tent, same exact location, just a different exposure from the same setup). No additional elements were added to the photo - all the elements are how they were naturally, just enhanced to work around technical issues, etc.
If I would’ve adjusted the exposure to miss twilight and instead target the darkness that would come later, much of this post-processing may not have been necessary, but I liked the composition/colors so much I thought it was worth saving. Plus I believe all milky way photos a prone to suffer from noise due to sensor technology, so devising techniques to remove that noise goes introduce a more natural effect (your eyes don’t see “noise” per se like a camera sensor). Behind me the Aurora Borealis began to emerge and I was able to capture it via a motion-controlled time-lapse sequence later this same night (here as many have seen).
For the second image, my friend Cecil and I set out to create an interesting image after finding we had time at Muir before a Rainier summit bid. We rappelled into this crevasse separately because we did not have two ropes long enough to do this simultaneously. The resultant image is a composite of these two separate rappels to this depth. The view/scale/distance into the crevasse/all that is unaltered. If you’ve ever hiked up to Camp Muir, you’ve been a couple hundred feet from this black hole. I dropped my 5D MKII lens cap while taking this photo and I did not hear it hit the bottom. Fear and awe stayed with me the entire time inside of this thing. Does that make me a giant baby who’s easily amused? You be the judge.