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#1 Roderick

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 11:36 AM

1/160th, f20, ISO 400, 62mm, HH.

I dropped the blue level to darken the sky/sea.

Twas a hard climb to the top but worth the view.

About 1600 hrs so the light was getting softer.

Three days ago. Looking east.  My friends fleeing in an attempt to keep me away from their sandwiches. :)

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 11:19 PM

Rod,
Nice, contrasting bands of alternating light then dark from foreground through to background. Very unique and made we want to ponder the scene. "Where are they going?" Pretty compelling image. Nice job
(PS- what is "HH"..."handheld"?)

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 01:51 AM

I find some confusion in this image in that above the local hill line the scene looks to my eyes as if it was a film negative.... Admittedly my eyes ain`t the best Rod.



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 08:47 AM

Rod, this image doesn't really work for me.  I'm finding it very flat and muddy.  I think the biggest problem is lack of contrast particularly in the midtones.



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 01:49 PM

Thanks all.

The posted image is very flat, as Kerry points out.  Dunno what happened.  The b&w on my laptop looked fine. ( But that's what they all say...) :unsure:

There's a lot going on in the picture alright, too much maybe.

I'll post the colour original when I can get this poxy attachment button to work.

 

 



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 06:18 PM

I like it Rod, I like the depth...maybe half day hike to the water (lallygagging), the Mount on the left is probably just a bump but looks like Mt. Vesuvius in the photo.  From a point of interest...Very Cool!



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 06:52 AM

Thanks Doug.  I sort of knew what I wanted but dropped the ball in the execution. :(

I think I messed with the greens and yellows and killed the middle area.

You're right about the hill on the left.  Its the Sugarloaf which I usually photograph from stage left (north) so I never get the sun on it.  Its about 500mtrs but being isolated it looks imposing.  Not volcanic - its quartzite, hence the light coloured streaks, overlying the granite of the Leinster Massife.  When the glassiers moved over the place, Sugarloaf had its peak above the ice, so it didn't get rounded off like the rest of the Dublin/Wicklow mountains.

I took the shot from the slopes of Djouce, 750mtrs ( which is schist overlying the granite).

If you're still awake after all that, have a look at the colour version. :rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 07:54 AM

I like the color version better. Not sure why but I want to crop a bit off the lhs. Maybe to get the hikers out of the center. 



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 08:19 AM

Thanks John.

I learned a painful lesson about b&w processing.

Sort of echos Geedee's comment about a confusion picture :(

Is the hill the subject or is it the people ?

It was meant to convey the journey from the mountain top to the coast below.  Either way, Its a great view from up there ;)



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 08:30 AM

I like the color version better. It is a very beautiful scene, maybe head there in the morning/late afternoon if possible to get some better light. I would crop in from the right side putting Sugarloaf in the top left and the hikers towards the bottom right.

Also, either there were a lot of bugs flying around or you need clean your sensor/lens. ;)

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 11:59 AM

haha, David - Filthy lens I'm sorry to say :)

Thanks for the crop suggestion.  I left it wide on the right to get the ship into the frame.  I'll see if I can move it closer to the middle of the frame :ph34r:



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 12:33 PM

Good god, that picture was FILTHY !

Cleaned it up as best I could and moved the ship in a bit before a crop from the right.

Any better ?

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 12:57 PM

I like that composition a lot more.

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 02:29 PM

Much better, I think.  Thanks for the suggestions David.

I cannot believe how dirty the lens was.  And the sad thing is, that I kept checking the front of the lens regularly and saw NOTHING!



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 02:32 PM

The colour version brings the scene to life for me Rod, thanks for taking me up the hill and showing me the view...(-:



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Posted 24 June 2017 - 12:39 PM

Haha Geedee !

I photoshopped out all the pain and sweat from the photos :ph34r:


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 11:38 AM

I like he color after your edits.  I have to say until you said something about the ship I did not even see it.



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Posted 05 July 2017 - 02:56 AM

Thanks, Jd.

Yeah, its not exactly huge, and it sort of gets lost in the haze. :rolleyes:

maybe 4 hours later would have been the time to retake the shot.



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 02:06 PM

I like the serenity of the B/W version better than the color, and I like the balance of the composition between the dark foreground, the lighter middleground, and the dark ocean. Also like the almost symmetry of the hill on the left, and the 'bump' on the right. 

 

My eye keeps getting drawn to the white part of the ship, and I wonder if lowering the exposure of that small white rectangle would hurt or benefit...



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 02:39 PM

Thanks, Pthomsen.  Interesting comments.

Initially I liked the b&w but the more I look at it, the more I'm disappointed with the lack of contrast - particularly in the lighter, middle area.

I was trying for an IR (infra red) look by adjusting in Lightroom but I overdid it in the middle ground.

Interesting point yo make about the ship.  I probably dodged it too much.

I may have been trying too hard to fit everything into the frame.  I enjoyed taking it, though. :)






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