Wednesday Landscapes, 12 September 2018

Discussion in 'Landscape' started by Leslie Reid, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. You are invited to upload one or more of your landscape photos and, if you’d like, to accompany your image with some commentary: challenges you faced in making the image? your intent for the image? settings? post-processing decisions? why you did what you did? the place and time? or an aspect you’d like feedback on? And please feel free to ask questions of others who have posted images or to join the discussion. If you don’t feel like using words, that’s OK too—unaccompanied images (or unaccompanied words, for that matter) are also very much welcomed. As for the technicalities, the usual forum guidelines apply: files < 1 MB; image size <1000 px maximum dimension.

    The same geese as last week, but a different frame and a totally different treatment of the scene (low clarity, high contrast, and a blue shift to the white balance, among other things). What started this exploration was curiosity about how small the geese could get and still dominate the image.
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  2. Early Morning
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    in the Black Bottom of the Ohio River
     
  3. two small figures walking on beach BW s.jpg

    "What started this exploration was curiosity about how small the geese could get and still dominate the image."

    Leslie - you got me thinking about how small figures could get and still dominate an image. Here is a photo of two far away people walking on a beach in fog. I decreased the tonal contrast of everything except the two figures, converted to black and white and then added a green filter, which further reduced the contrast. The two figures are clearly the center of attraction. It helps that diagonal lines and the horizon converge near the two figures and that the two figures are near the center of the image.

    A quick and easy technique that I have been using lately to see the effect of color filters on images converted to black and white using NIK Silver Efex is to click on the red filter to start, choose a high value for the effect (I use about 70%), and then slide the "Hue" slider up and down over the complete range of hues. Sometimes the difference between, for example, light green and medium green is quite noticeable.
     
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  4. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    Hmm... goose-stepping
    geese...
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  5. two smaller figures walking on beach BW s.jpg

    If I reduce the height of the two figures by a factor of two and place them further down the beach (after cloning them out in their initial position), they recede to the point that they are still clearly visible, but perhaps, no longer dominate the image?
     
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  6. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Moderator Staff Member

    The shots are effective and evocative, but somehow the figures seem too sharply defined for the scene / weather. Very interesting and well executed though.
     
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  7. I agree that the two figures are too well defined, especially in the second image, and probably because I intentionally made them much blacker than anything else in the image. They are not sharpened any more than the rest of the scene, the higher contrast between the figures and the background makes them seem sharper, and thus more noticeable, which was the intent of my experiment. The more realistically gray I make the two figures, the more dreary the photo appears, so I will stick with unrealistic.
     
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  8. Interestingly, although the two figures appear sharper than the surroundings in the second image, they are actually less sharp (by a factor of two) than the background! The appearance of sharpness here is due solely to the high contrast. Here is a zoomed in crop where you can compare the dimensions of the jaggies on the rock with those on the two figures in the original second image (before posting at 1,000 pixel width).
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  9. The geese are LARGE in this clean, soft image with its icy cool hue. Like again.
     
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  10. Judean desert landscape in historical perspective

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  11. Double Arch, Arches N.P., Utah. (Canham DLC, Schneider 90mm f/8 Super Angulon, Velvia)

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  12. SMGSunrise062017_2_1.jpg
    This is the Smoky Mountain National Park and I believe it is the Cumberland Gap. This image was taken just as the sun first came up over the mountains. One minute before I shot this it was almost completely dark.
     
  13. M4, 90mm Elmar, Double X at EI800, Xtol/Rodinal. Miami, FL.
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  14. Canon 40D 17-40mm ISO 200 1/2500 f4 3324C96E-B8CD-4726-A6BA-2AA9643B7D31.jpeg From Ontario 2010
     
  15. Two frame stitch from archive

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  16. More on point with Leslie's image; shot in Montauk, NY 18246177-orig.jpg
     
  17. Opening to the Golden Gate, with Leica MP-240 and 21mm f3.4 Super Elmar.

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