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Mini Mountains

By DRicherby
A couple of months ago, I posted something from the car park at Sutro Baths , the now-derelict swimming pool complex on the Pacific coast in San Francisco. I think these are the stumps of the wall that faced the ocean, slowly rusting away. Taking these shots rather bemused a passer-by who thought I must have been photographing some small animal or something.

There are two versions: different sections of the same wall. Now that I come to post them, I see that #1 is a little over-sharpened, which I'll fix when I get the chance.

All comments and criticism welcome.


Sunday, 29th November, 2009.
183mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO-100.

Tags: Black and white Close-up and macro Landscape and travel

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clicknimagine Plus
10 637 100 India
24 Feb 2010 12:38PM
fantastic tones here, lovely shot...

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Shroomer 13 14 167 England
24 Feb 2010 12:59PM
Great eye to see these.
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
24 Feb 2010 1:41PM
very effective...well seen and executed.....TOP close up WORK
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 1:46PM
Mono works well here
24 Feb 2010 3:42PM
V1 is the best I really really love this very well thought out and i hope it gets loads and loads of vote come on guys!!!
baclark 11 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 3:59PM
V1 for me looks like an alien landscape, super detail.
PhotoKaren 10 26 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 6:17PM
Like v1. Make me look twice as at first glance it looks like a rock formation in the desert.
24 Feb 2010 7:33PM
Two terrific images and great mono's
gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 7:53PM
Effective, and very well composed images.
riprap007 15 1.6k 37 England
24 Feb 2010 11:03PM
beautifully monumental
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2010 12:00AM
Lovely mono shot.

EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
25 Feb 2010 12:03AM

Quote:V1 for me looks like an alien landscape, super detail.

Ditto! You really captured superb texture.

tigertimb 12 40 66 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2010 1:31AM
Love this idea David, with creative use of the spikes on the wall.
#2 not quite working for me with that light rectangle in the background stealing the illusion.
But I really like #1 with the background working well with great DOF. Over-sharpened as you say with the white halo and I think it would help with a touch more space at the top and maybe a little less at the bottom to remove some of the solid black and the 'wall feel'; but minor factors for me
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2010 8:25PM
had to keep looking at it, as most unusual, you have a lot of detail prefer V1 but with some of the botton off as it seems to be blurred on left side, but it is amazing and there probably was a small creature there somewhere.
teocali Plus
12 442 18 England
25 Feb 2010 9:48PM
Fascinating write-up Dave and very well spotted. You seem always to have a knack of seeing and capturing unusual and original subjects, which would just not register with the majority of people.
Great textures and detail and working so well in mono.
I see that this is macro work, but what sort of scale roughly would these "stumps" be? Could they be remnants of the wall's reinforcement rods?
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2010 1:16AM
Thanks, Sylvia. Smile

They're not conventional rebar but I'm not really sure what they were for. They're about an inch and a half, maybe two inches square in cross-section, as I recall. Not really macro work but `close up' seems to fit.
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
27 Feb 2010 12:01PM
intrigued by the thumb. defo v1 much tidier comp, and doesnt look over sharp to my inexperienced eye at least.lesley
tigertimb 12 40 66 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 1:53PM

Quote:doesnt look over sharp to my inexperienced eye at least

Hope Dave doesn't mind as he was the first to point out the over-sharpening, but If you are interested, look down the right hand edge of the highest peak. You'll see a thin white line which the sharpening has added, which are often referred to as halos. Can be caused by either over-sharpening, or by an over aggresive resizing method - i.e. photoshop has a bicubic-sharper and a bicubic-smoother etc and PSPX2 has a percentage sharpening to apply when doing its bicubic scaling. Keep a particular eye out for high contrast edges and adjust the method used if you spot these extra white or black lines occuring.

DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 2:22PM
Thanks, Tim you saved me a bit of typing, there. Grin Thanks also for mentioning the square thing in #2. I'll have a go at making that less prominent.

I think that saving as a JPEG can also introduce haloes like that. I've not investigated it but, from knowledge of how both JPEG compression and sharpening works, both should be able to produce that sort of artifact. I processed the image a little while ago so I don't remember exactly, but I'm sure I'd have noticed those haloes if I'd produced them in editing. After all, I spend enough time pointing out other people's sharpening haloes!
27 Feb 2010 5:49PM
Two excellent captures.
Ayelet_A 11 11 3 Israel
27 Feb 2010 11:09PM
Wonderful mono work Dave, excellent use of dof and angles.

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Feb 2010 11:28PM
Click for lookng at the subject from a totally different angle. Paul
davey_griffo 11 213 165 England
28 Feb 2010 12:27PM
Do you know, I wouldn't have noticed that if Tim hadn't pointed it out. Maybe it's more noticable on the full size image.

Looks great to me. Another of your unusual & thought provoking abstracts.
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
28 Feb 2010 9:22PM
Sharp with fine detail where it needs to be David, re the 'halos', I also find that using shadows and highlights has a similar effect too Wink
well,well shooted TeamMan
proz 15 205 United States
19 Mar 2010 2:16PM
CaroleA 14 5 3 England
26 Mar 2010 5:59PM
Not much I can add except to say I really like the presentation of these two images - such a simple understated frame really brings out the tones in these interesting shots.
jonrayner 12 8 2 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2010 9:11PM
Even with the oversharpening, I prefer number one, at first glance I thought it had that tilt and shift look about it. It is an amazing shot. Version 2, although very good, I found a little too dark in the bottom right.
Bigtoe 11 7 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2010 7:58PM
Excellent, very powerful. I couldn't work out the scale without reading your description. V1 for me, it's more of a puzzle. Well spotted, Tony.
maggie9 11 45 2 Scotland
7 Apr 2010 8:25AM
what a strange little world...
fantastic to spot these and turn it into mini-scenery

Animalsmagic 10 2 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2010 5:55PM
Like an alien world, like V2 for the composition and tone
NobbytheNobster 10 33 5 England
11 Apr 2010 10:18PM
Very interesting shot, when i first looked at this i thought it was real mountains!
Well taken shot.
astyag 12 12
14 Apr 2010 9:52PM
Such a great landscape, excellent view, well done with POV
Ridgeway 13 222 2 Ireland
19 Apr 2010 12:56PM
Hiya Dave,

I did think these were broken pieces of metal spikes,,ones you might find on an old wall.Love the pov,tones and textures,,you sure it's not rusted metal,,


Ps thank for the comments on my mushrooms,nice insight from one who knows,,
kbtimages 10 7 1 United Kingdom
14 May 2010 7:41PM
Outstanding vision amazing clarity and composition plus dof.

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