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10,000 Km2 of salt

By MikeDGreen  
This was taken shortly after sunrise. F/16, 1/13th sec.

I was trying to capture the immensity of the place, as well as the roughly hexagonal markings on the salt, and the texture of the surface in general. I was also, in general, trying to produce a dramatic image.

I'm reasonably happy with the composition, but I'm pretty sure more could be done with the surface, and perhaps the mountains. I'm very new to post-processing - this was done with DxO.

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tobydeveson 19 13 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2010 12:12AM
One of the many places I want to go to. A lovely image.
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
11 112 38 Wales
20 Aug 2010 1:01AM
There is a graphic simplicity about this which really appeals. Combine this with the gorgeous warm light and incluttered backdrop to the mountains and it's a winner imho. It may not be helpful but all I can do is praise this one. Excellent.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2010 11:08AM
I would normally want something off that foreground, but the more I look at it, the more I like it as presented. The whole image is very simple but strangley compelling and leads to the well defined mountains in the background.

Very good indeed.

MikeDGreen 10 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2010 12:29PM
Thanks for the critiques and positive comments. This is, incidentally, very much the image I had in my mind before I went there!

I think Frank's comment illustrates my slight problem with the image. I very much like letter-box crops, but that would ruin the main point of this image (for me at least!), which is to show the immensity of the salt flats (I've tried it, and it's 'nice', but doesn't then achieve what I wanted).

As to foreground interest in the form of rocks/whatever - there are none - just flat, white salt. I have some near-identical images with a person in, but then they become a picture of that person :-\

So, what I've tried to do is bring out the texture in the foreground - I just don't think I'm terribly competent at that as yet!

MikeDGreen 10 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2010 12:30PM
Oh - and Toby, it's a fantastic place - I recommend it unequivocally!
frz67 11 10 32 Italy
20 Aug 2010 12:44PM
Hi Mike,
really like your picture and the POV as well as composition.
it really gives the sense of desert and desolation.
In your version, I see a little cyan/magenta cast that can be easily fixed in PS (see mod 1) or any other post-processing software.
I've uploaded also another mod which is a B&W version of your picture.
In this one, I've applied a High pass filter to sharpen the overall picture (especially the FG, maybe a little bit too much) and played a bit with the color cursor in the B&W layer (everything made in PS3), finally added a soft sepia toning.
I believe, but it is matter of personal taste, that it's a bit more drammatic and the feeling of an open wide space is more evident
Hope it helps
best regards
MikeDGreen 10 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2010 2:20PM
Thanks Francesco,

I see what you mean by the cast, now that you've fixed it... I think auto white balance had problems in the rather odd light!

The second version is very good. I am downloading a trial version of CS5 to see if I can do the same....

Very helpful, thanks again.

Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
21 Aug 2010 10:57PM
You ststed in your description what you were trying to achieve and I think you've done it admirably, in thgat you've made the most of what preground "interest" there is to at ;east hav some form of lead-in - the diagonal placement for example.

One tiny niggle - the lines in the salt appear a bit soft cpmpared to the mountains behind...shouldn't really on F16, so maybe a little extra sharpen before upload would help

Nice work

Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2010 6:33PM
You've certainly acheived your visualised image, I think it works extremely well ! I've done a mod. to illustrate my thoughts, just to add a bit more 'zing' to the tones, & maybe enhance the vast distance of the salt-flats....a simple image, but lots of atmosphere, like it a lot !
MikeDGreen 10 1 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2010 5:41PM
Thanks Tooth - the trouble with composing the foreground was the wealth of rather subtle interest available. I was mildly puzzled by the slight softness of the foreground too - a couple of people seem to have addressed that. I like your modifications, Niknut; very much as I'd visualised it when I composed - thanks! I need to have a play in Photoshop to reproduce some of the above mods myself I think - steep learning curve methinks...

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