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Pohutu Geyser, Te Puia

By LilleUlven    
The Pohutu geyser is one of the most famous geysers, which is located in Te Puia and is known to erupt about every 50 minutes. Not as in other places because someone throws a piece of soap into it, but because the water reservoir has filled up and the water inside has gotten heated up enough to pass through the bottleneck-valve toward the surface.

I developed the photo from RAW in LR (basics like highlights, shadows, blacks and whites as well as camera calibration) and then converted it in Silver Efex Pro into a cyanotype "mimicking" a Fuji Neopan ACROSS 100 film.

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2405 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2016 12:41PM
Hi Wiebke, you joined the site as a semi-pro, you know what you are doing! I particularly like the fact that you have kept the sky to a very narrow band, there needs to be a defined top to the trees, but the interest is very much below the skyline.

The image looks slightly underexposed to me, and I think it could be lightened without losing the texture of the steam. Being a simple soul I would just use the burn tool set to midtones, maybe 3% opacity, a huge brush; before increasing exposure slightly. Adding toning to a b&w does reduce the tonal range, it lightens blacks and darkens whites, so the image usually needs tweaking afterwards.

The blue toning - a matter of taste, for me it's too dominant, it becomes the story. But it does convey a sort of harshness.
10 Jul 2016 1:11PM
Hi Moira.

Thank you for your comments and modifications.

Looking at it after reading your comments, you are right for some reason somewhere in the process I darkened the original (and I definitively need better notes on what I am doing during post-processing), for what I see when I re-process the photo from scratch it is the film-choice that darkened the photo too much.
Being new yo the cyanotypes I guess I have gone too far with this one. But since I am at it, I can as good set up another lighter cyanotype on this one...
OK, I will upload two modifications a very light and a medium cyanotype and both on a neutral film choice, so they don't get extra dark.

And no matter what degree of photography I will reach in my life - feedback is always good to have as it is too easy to go too far in post-processing or just choosing photos because I am emotionally attached to them Smile
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
10 Jul 2016 4:33PM
Tried a mod. Too blue for me and there a lot more detail available in the steam.

Tried a mod also


10 Jul 2016 4:44PM
Thanks banehawi Smile - You are right, the steam was loosing too much.

I certainly need to figure out which adjustments Silver Efex is making (translated into LR) and then try to "play" with them in LR. Well it will be a good winter project, learning it all Smile

Lille Ulven
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1843 England
11 Jul 2016 10:18PM
Others have said everything already: I am amazed by the amount of processing in the last mod you've uploaded.

On the whole, less is more in processing: my ideal is to need no more than a tiny tweak in Levels for uploading or printing. I enjoy effects sometimes - but usually, straight works best. Something like the heavy blue tone here is a risk, in that it may make or break the picture. Moira's simple black-and-white version is far more restful, and so I see the place more clearly.

It may be that my darkroom eye picks up on things that are distortions of 'normal photogrpahic truth' - whatever that is: I'm thinking of things that won't easily come from a roll of FP4 - and gets obsessed with them, in a way that many others won't. Special effects either make one go 'wow!', or are a thorough turn-off. The problem is workign out which!
16 Jul 2016 5:01PM
Thanks dudler - and I am sorry to not have replied earlier...should have...

Well I still have to work out how to make those cyanotypes (and for that matter B&W too) conversions directly in Lightroom instead of relying on another software. Hope to get there at some point. I do like cyanotypes - not for everything, but for some landscapes - and even though no one of us did "grow up" with them after all cyanotypes are the first non-silver-based photographic technique.
But as with all "new" techniques I have to use them for a while to figure out how to balance them properly, in the beginning I always have a tendency to take it too far too will come over time.
I cannot say that I would like the B&W more and the Cyanotype less or vice versa - not yet at least - even that might come over time.

But yes, I appreciate all the different opinions I heard here, they will for sure help me figure out where to go with this.

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