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a cold road to nowhere

By probie
i have sharpened and desaturated the photo, i have tried a number of different variations and i think this one is the best?

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel

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Kurt42 Plus
15 2.9k 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 10:31AM
Super monochrome image. Nice composition and perfect exposure on that snow.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
27 Feb 2013 10:41AM
This is a superb capture !!
probie 9 22 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 10:41AM
hi kurtskeels, thanks for the comment, i am trying to learn photoshop but as i have said in other posts i think it will take me years to learn it properly, i think i have learned a little bit with this photo!

richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
27 Feb 2013 10:52AM
A Well Composed Nice Image, I like it a lot!!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1888 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 11:38AM
I like the way the lane curves out of sight, there's the invitation to move into the frame and explore what happens just round that bend. I'd maybe have moved just a step to the left, as the final curve of the lane is obscured by twigs but maybe you intended that.
I'd really like to see the base of a tree trunk in the bottom left corner, to anchor the composition, but that's personal.
iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 11:45AM
Good picture, well composed and processed. I do like the BW for these mostly colourless winter snow scenes, it creates a sort of chilly atmosphere which you have achieved here.
I feel that this lane image is many steps ahead of your last winter lane.
pablophotographer 6 908 326
27 Feb 2013 12:02PM
Hi, apologies for being out of line with the previous comments, I fully appreciate your effort in post processing and I applaud your willingness to go out in the cold with the camera. I won't discuss about the settings of the 3100 as they have not affected teh image. I will focus on the actual picture, that is more crucial I believe,

Straight away I see that the picture has got a weight on subject that favours the foreground. Too much. Too many trees are displayed, starting from the left edge (almost) and finishing in the right edge. The depiction and good description of the trees finishes before the middle of the photograph, probably on its 1/3. Beyond that point, just one vivid tree, no more strong shilouettes, which so nicely appear on the first part of depth.

Is the road a" road to knowhere"? I see tyre trails, no car being stopped and the people leaving it... or a car reversing.

What was your main subject? The trees or the road? I think a different orientation (vertical) would have allowed you to clear the foreground a bit (no photoshop! majic!!!) by omitting the first of trees on both sides that seem to suffocate the image. If your main theme was the trees, wouldn't be better to take a deep sit position and shoot all of the trees including the taller (invisible now) branches? If your main there was the road, why not having shot that from about 10 years back, have ore of its straight way in the picture (directing te eye) and giving just a hint of the "nowhere" with the curve, which hides the "what's next?" part. Probably that would allow more trees to be clearly visible instad of being lost in the far, far distance and grey pulp as now.

Kindly, pablophotographer
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
27 Feb 2013 12:06PM
This is very lovely. I like the tones that you used and also the composition with the lead in road. This looks very natural, and is not an easy type of image to get right. You have done a fine job.
pablophotographer 6 908 326
27 Feb 2013 12:08PM
I should have written 10 yeards back, lol. It took me long to write my comment, the previous 3 comments were not there when I started writing it, I have not seen any pictures previously, but if Ian says he sees an improvement, I believe him , he has a good eye.
pablophotographer 6 908 326
27 Feb 2013 12:09PM
Arrrgh, why didn't I write meters as I initially wanted ? yeah second attempt should say yards...
27 Feb 2013 12:32PM
I like the angle you have captured the picture.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3852 Canada
27 Feb 2013 2:47PM
The basics are all there for a good shot.

My opinion and siggestion are more in line with Pablo, and Ive uploaded a couple of mods to show what I mean.

the image has the lane and tracks in the centre of the image, whereas they may be better at the left; cropping into a square format places the lane in a better place, and places more focus on it, rather than trees; the sharpening is overdone on the trees, but there little sharpening visible on the tracks in the snow, so I would increase sharpening in the snow, and decrease in the trees.

The image can look better less bright, - its overexposed a little.

Both mods have these suggested tweaks, the secind is a duo-toned conversion that might work for you.

Hope this helps, or at least shows another point of view that can work.


devlin 7 653 39 India
27 Feb 2013 3:01PM
i like the way this has been proccessed. It sets the mood right Smile, i would have preferred to go for a lower perspective though when taking this..but thats just me Smile
probie 9 22 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 9:23PM
hi everyone, thanks for all the comments, its good to get some good feedback and i will also look into the advice i have been given, the lane is a dead end just out of sight of the photo and is then fields and a well used track for ramblers, unfortunately i am not fit enough for the walk, i have to adapt my photography also due to having rheumatiod arthritis throughout my body, i even have it in my jaw but do my upmost to not let it stop me talking.
thanks again everyone

paulbroad 10 123 1235 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 7:59AM
Well composed image. If you just desaturated, then this is a reasonable mono shot, but that is far from the best way to create mono. You should use the channel mixer to control how much of the three primary colours are used. The fact that the original will be nearly monotone will help. 3200? Not sure why you went that high. I never go above 400 unless I have a very good reason. Modern gear is good with high ISO, it is even better with low.


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