Make : NIKON CORPORATION
Model : NIKON D800
Date Time Original : 2012-07-23 16:37:54
Focal Length : 27/1
Exposure Time : 1/30
F Number : 2.8
Iso Speed Ratings : 800
Metering Mode : 5
Focal Length In35mm Film : 27
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Copyright : Wolfgang Arnold
Software : Aperture 3.4.3
Published: Tuesday 4th of December 2012 07:36:27 PM
A really beautiful result with very nice lighting, Wolfgang!
With best regards,
You have quite admirably portrayed the rugged, almost forbidding, grandeur of this environment
Hmmm! I'm not seeing grandeur much at all and, for that reason, am glad you didn't emphasize other things. I kind of see an intimate pas de deux between the two rock formations, which seem to be sensually oriented toward each other, through shape and light, in a photographic gesture that goes well beyond whatever the reality of the scene was. I like that the people, very subtly, keep me grounded, even as the greater picture is transcendent beyond the unfolding literal narrative. So it has some significant elements that good photos tend to have, in being both documentary of sorts but moving beyond the represented facts into a sort of visual world of its own sense (and senses).
The tonal range is beautiful indeed, Wolfgang, as are the rendered textures of the rocks and the overall grandiose vista. The hint of scale here (the barely noticeable climbers at lower right), manage -- just in time -- for me not to get lost in the overwhelming grandeur of the scene. I wonder if they had been portrayed a bit more visibly perhaps, I would feel differently...? I guess the picture may have been more of a classic capture perhaps (nature walk & scale of things), while now, I'm more impressed by the overall, pure graphic impact the rocks seem to deliver here... Well captured, Wolfgang.
Hi Wolgang. This is very well conceived and the choice of B/W was a great idea. The textures and tonality throughout are excellent! Great work!
Best wishes. Sarah.
This is a lovely shot. The tonal range is sublime. The images that the mind conjures up are dizzying almost... the two profiles staring at each other and the Lethe slashing across their dialogue. Very evocative. At once a "landscape" shot, but then much more because of its power to propel the imagination... very intriguing and compelling. Regards, -h.
@Sarah: many thanks for your encouraging comment :-)
@Fred: it's always a pleasure to read your comments - many thanks! You metaphor of a pas de deux of the rock formations really suits - there is indeed some sense of harmonic movement (which happens over tems of thousands of years).
Jack, Hamid, Marjolein, Ruud,
many thanks for your comments! I highly appreciate them. It is indeed a sublime site - which in one way makes it easy to photograph but on the other is quite a challenge to get the grandeur conveyed in a flat, comparably small photo. And in fact, Marjolein, you have a point that I should try to emphasize the people a bit more - I was probably a bit too careful in brightening (I wanted to a avoid an unnatural look).
Best regards, Wolfgang
In the gorge... View large and find the people :-)