Meh, I thought it was Sol Vista.
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strange, that image makes me think steam is about to spew forth, like it's a sink hole or geyser. Is that an aerial shot? I don't feel anything with that shot as it reduces the scale to the point that it looks inconsequential. for me, not effective photography, due to lack of emotional content.
Karp, is that like Vista del Sol, in Sacramento area, a nudist camp? The Palisades have been challenged in the buff, however, so you are on to something.
So I like how tis has gone from a "help me figure out how to capture the steepness of a slope" to a "look at my awesome pic of me/friend/family member skiing this steep as @#$% slope"
Ahh how the internet can never stop being a competition.
I'm not criticizing, I joined in to.
Also, funny how this thread seems to show "steepness is in the eye of the beholder"
I'm a hack, so take with grain of salt, but if I can offer any constructive advice: photograph a cross trail view with human in foreground, trees or cliffs in mid ground, and some distant perspective/terrain in background.
Conversely, I thought this photo taken by my son in Catherine's area at Alta conveyed some steepness, even though the view is straight uphill, normally a flattening angle. It has lots of details like trees, rocks, moguls, and a human to aid with perspective, taken Jan '11:
There are some good photos in this epicski wiki on extreme skiing that show steepness: http://www.epicski.com/wiki/extreme-skiing-in-north-america
Several in that thread/vein of epicski member/moderator tyrone shoelaces reveal a bit of steepness at Kirkwood, CA:
Not sure if this was said already (didn't go through every post), but I think there is the physiological experience of height, gravity, and everything that goes into your brain when you are standing above a steep slope vs looking at one on a computer screen... your body "knows" you are standing on top of a slope when you are, so the experience of steepness and height is different, even if it "looks" identical to what a photo shows.
Other stuff... it goes without saying the image reflected onto your retina is not a 2-d window, but a much wider and round field of view coming through the eye.
It also may have something to do with the whiteness (relative lack of color/contrast) of snow... someone over at TGR posted summer shots looking down a vertical rock wall in Utah, and it was pretty scary looking at the photo (and the steepness was definitely there).
But my guess is it's more the first thing I said.
Anyway, I agree with those who said it's helpful to have a reference point, such as trees, to showcase steepness.