What Goes Up
Skinning up to Cardiff Pass
Like climbing a long dirt road, or a steady singletrack on a bike, skinning up a mountain can be extremely rewarding. The rhythmic consistency, the sustained effort and the ongoing burn in the legs and lungs all combine to create a physical sense of euphoria and exercise induced clarity.
A Rocky Mountain high.
Of course, the reward for the effort is not only the flood of endorphins, or the view from a high ridge line, but also the butterfly stomach of the descent. That thrill of speed and control and trees whipping nearby as you fall off the mountain in a fit of irrational glee.
And no matter the difficulty of the climb, or the exhaustion of the body, at the bottom there is always a desire to climb back up and do it all over again.
Jonathan enjoying the fruits of his labor.
EdApril 1, 2009
I like what you’re doing with these recent pictures, very nice.
Grizzly AdamApril 2, 2009
Ed, thanks. It was a fairly simple effect:
1. Adjust levels and curves to taste.
2. Apply a B&W adjustment layer
3. Tint the B&W layer with a sepia tone
4. Set the blending mode of the B&W adjustment layer to Color Dodge
5. Add color burns and dodges to shadows and lights
6. Add a gradient and or vignette if desired.
EdApril 3, 2009
Adam – thanks very much but I use LR2 not full blown PS. I may be able to figure something out though.