Pico Veleta Snow Climb

October 28, 2013  •  1 Comment

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Last Saturday I did a workshop on Sport and Action for Bognor Regis Camera Club. I scanned some early slides to show some of my early photography. This was taken on one of my earliest bike tours and was of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in particular this ride up Europe’s highest surfaced road to the summit of the Pico Veleta at 11,142ft. This was made especially memorable because the first snow after the summer had just fallen making for dramatic views while still accessible, just, by bike. The image is taken not far from the summit, shortly after this the cleared road ended and we had to drag the bikes though snow and clouds to get to the summit marker.

The picture was taken on the bike while riding with one hand on the handlebars and one hand holding the camera. The camera was a Minolta SLR film camera using Fuji Velvia.


Cloning was done in the corners to bring detail in which had otherwise turned black due to the image being into the light.

Topaz adjust clarity was applied to bring up more detail.

Levels adjusted.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 33 amount and 33 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from highlights.


Below are the Before and After images. First the original and then the final result.


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Final Image

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For licences and prints see Pico Veleta Snow Climb

Edwin Jones


What a great photo and a great place to ride, one day we will get there on our bikes.
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