Yosemite - part 5, grand vistas in B&W

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No, I am not going away anywhere. This Photoshop thing is not all the difficult you know ;)

Now, tell me [without mincing words] if I did a good job.

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I like the color shot, but the B&W is terrific...how very "Ansel Adams" of you. The first is the best. I love how you even captured the fog up at the top left...Talk about detail...you nailed in on that one!
 
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Thanks Leigh, I have to work on the sharpening halos on the top of the mountains. I will get to it shortly and try to make it look natural.
 
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Thanks Gordon, Bryan.

Gordon, my next pass to fix halos. I will fix the grey issue next time around :)

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I like the use of B&W in the first two. I guess its because of my most recent B&W groove I've been in.

#1)
I think it has a lot of potential. The mountain on the left doesn't look natural, and the transition to the sky is distracting. Did you use shadow/highlight tool on this? I've had similar results that get to be too flat & washed out.

My suggestions - Try the burn tool in PS to darken the mountain a bit. The foreground it perfect, so I'd leave that alone. Just keep working the the sky to mountain transition. It needs to be a bit smoother to look natural.

#2)
The mountains here are much better. Just work on the sky/mountain transition & your set.

#3)
Looks good. You may want to try and increase the contrast in the trees to help bring out some definition & detail. I'd also clone out the guard rail. There is plenty of green there to work with, so it should be fairly easy.

Your series is really starting to shine. I think a little more polishing & they will be ready for printing & sales.

Let me know if you need any help w/ the PS work. I'm more than happy to help.

Dave
 
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dkapp said:
I like the use of B&W in the first two. I guess its because of my most recent B&W groove I've been in.

#1)
I think it has a lot of potential. The mountain on the left doesn't look natural, and the transition to the sky is distracting. Did you use shadow/highlight tool on this? I've had similar results that get to be too flat & washed out.

My suggestions - Try the burn tool in PS to darken the mountain a bit. The foreground it perfect, so I'd leave that alone. Just keep working the the sky to mountain transition. It needs to be a bit smoother to look natural.

#2)
The mountains here are much better. Just work on the sky/mountain transition & your set.

#3)
Looks good. You may want to try and increase the contrast in the trees to help bring out some definition & detail. I'd also clone out the guard rail. There is plenty of green there to work with, so it should be fairly easy.

Your series is really starting to shine. I think a little more polishing & they will be ready for printing & sales.

Let me know if you need any help w/ the PS work. I'm more than happy to help.

Dave
Thanks a tonne Dave. I am having real trouble in the sky to mountain transition area, it is abrupt.

I will email you :)
 
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obelix said:
Thanks a tonne Dave. I am having real trouble in the sky to mountain transition area, it is abrupt.

I will email you :)
I'm free all day. Finished my prints last night & this morning, so I'm ready to enjoy the weekend.

If you have the time, we can work this out today or tonight.

Dave
 
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Hi Anand,
I like this one the best. I did little cropping and minor editing on it, hope you didn't mind :wink:




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Hi Anand,
I like this one the best. I did little cropping and minor editing on it, hope you didn't mind :wink:




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Shahed

Thanks a tonne, I don't mind it at all :), it looks much better now!

Now, may I ask you why the B&W photos did not work? Did you miss something?

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Two quick version of the first image you sent. I was mainly concentrating on the sky & mountain range. I sent you a long bloated email w/ the workflow and links to files.

My stab @ B&W
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Thanks a tonne, I don't mind it at all :), it looks much better now!

Now, may I ask you why the B&W photos did not work? Did you miss something?

anand
I liked them as well, but as much as the colored one. I tried to fix it but didn't do good job.
Thanks



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Are you sure your name doesn't end with ADAM, like Anand Sankaran Adam = ASA = ISO? LOL.

Well done! Beautifully converted. I may send you a profile to test on these b/w shots later.

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Henry Goh said:
Are you sure your name doesn't end with ADAM, like Anand Sankaran Adam = ASA = ISO? LOL.

Well done! Beautifully converted. I may send you a profile to test on these b/w shots later.

Henry
lol.

Thanks Henry. Will try the profile shortly ;). About to post my next batch of photos.
 
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My 2 tries. Got a little lazy with the masking so ignore the harsh edges & halos. Split it up into 5 layer masks - water, grass & trees, right range, left range & sky. Level and curve individually to balance the exposure & saturation.
 
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My 2 tries. Got a little lazy with the masking so ignore the harsh edges & halos. Split it up into 5 layer masks - water, grass & trees, right range, left range & sky. Level and curve individually to balance the exposure & saturation.[/quote]

OOH - very very nice. I see what you did. Now, how do you fix the halos? Just by burning / dodging, or some other technique.

Very well done, thanks Mike.
 

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