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Lenticular Clouds - B&W Version

By billgoco
I had already posted the color version of this photo over the weekend I decided to give B&W a go. Thoughts?

Clouds formed over Taos Mountain in Taos, New Mexico

Tags: Clouds Mountains Black and white Landscape and travel Taos Mountain

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banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4314 Canada
20 Oct 2016 8:23PM
I assume this is a phone camera?

I think it loses some impact in mono. The original colour can be tweaked to reduce noise and improve contrast, as well as to reveal some more detail in the mountains, and then if this is used to convert, the result may look a little better, but I still prefer the colour.

Ive cheated and posted a mod with both version together for an easy comparison. I did a screen capture of the colour, so the quality is not great.

You can also upload the original colour along with this mono by clicking modifications, then upload, then select the colour.


paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2016 8:10AM
This is a natural history record, and really should be in colour these days. The quality is not good. Rather mushy and unsharp. I suspect the phone camera struggled to find anything to focus on. The tonal range makes the mountains look like lumps of coal. I think you tried too hard.

pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2263 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2016 3:20PM
This was a special sight, Bill, and I'm glad you recorded it.
These develop on the downwind side of a mountain and are often mistaken for UFOs because of their saucer-like shapes.

Can you tell us what processing you carried out? I particularly like the colour version in your portfolio.


billgoco 15 1 United States
21 Oct 2016 3:52PM
Pamela, I performed the following operations in Photoshop 2016

Levels layer
Shadows Layer
Brightness Contrast Layer
ON1 Effects
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
21 Oct 2016 4:04PM
The tones are very blocky, with little real sharpness.

You've caught a special moment, which is what cameraphones are for: but to get the most from the results needs careful processing.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2263 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2016 5:25PM
Thankyou, Bill.

My concerns were:-
There is quite a lot of noise in the sky area, which is either brought about by processing, or by a large crop.
There is a jagged top to the mountains, so take care when working on individual areas.

Although camera phones are pretty good nowadays, I suspect the slightly poor image quality is due to this.
However, as Willie says, it would be good to see the original colour version.


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