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Brimham Rocks

By Bigpoolman
The sun made a brief appearance giving some interesting shadows on the foreground rocks whilst leaving the strange leaning rock as the main subject. I think this works better in black and white but then again...

Comments as always appreciated.



Tags: Summer Dales Nidderdale Landscape and travel 2017 BrimhamRocks

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1843 England
16 Jun 2017 8:49AM
There's some fringing between rocks and sky, and I think this might have looked even better as a straighter mono conversion. This has any look to its characteristic of some of the slightly tweaking filters in Nik Efex. There's a greying effect in some of the areas where I'd expect deep shadows that looks almost like flare.

It would be interesting to see the original.

The format is interesting. You've obviously cropped from the full frame, but not to square. I've done a mod loses bit of sky and takes a line to the bottom right corner. And looking at it, it makes the rocks more hulking, more brooding.

I don't think there's anything wrong with formats that are in between square and full frame - after all, I shoot both 6x7 and 5x4 film. Although there is a problem with things that are very nearly square so that the eye keeps checking to see if they're square or not.
16 Jun 2017 9:25AM
Morning John.

Thanks for the above, the mod is a good improvement. Quite agree with your comments about the format.
I will add the original as a mod.

Good spot with silver efex. I haven't really used it before but have had loads of recommendations to do so, so I thought that I should give it a go. It is a little muddy. I will try a straight conversion later and get rid of the halo whilst I am at it.


banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4235 Canada
16 Jun 2017 6:23PM
Thanks for the original

If you toned down the brightest sky areas (and what looks like a little fare on the rocks?) its less of an issue to reduce halos in a mono.

Mods show what I mean. The mono is high contrast which would be worse for halos, but rather too harsh for an actual conversion.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1843 England
17 Jun 2017 12:02AM
Part of the answer is in the aggressive processing on the sky - some of the halo is definitely there in the colour version...

I've tried a couple of Nik filters - I usually like High Structure, but it emphasises the halo... which filter did you use? All of them are tweakable in various ways, though not always the way you want.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2017 4:51PM
As above. My problem with such shots is purely subjective and personal. I struggle to see a satisfying image in terms of content and composition. What, here is the subject? The eye goes straight between the rocks to some grey soft trees in the background.

I stress, this is purely personal and a matter of preference.


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