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Scalebar Force

By ade_mcfade      
I had a suspicion that this lovely falls may look good iced up - and it didn't disappoint!

Very very tricky getting down to it in the ice - thank god for tree roots, had they not been there I'd have been sliding down a long embankment onto ice and rock !

This is a 2 second single shot polarised image edited on the laptop whilst watching telly with a few beers last night, so if there are a few dust specs here and there, I'd not be surprised.

It's all melting in Lancashire today

Tags: Ice Yorkshire Waterfall Dales Black and white Scalebar force Landscape and travel

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Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2010 11:26AM
Personally speaking I think the contrast is too high and the fine mid tones have been lost. It almost looks like you've used the threshold filter and turned everything into pure black and pure white. I know there are other tones in the image but they don't have enough power to model the landscape and give it the sense of space and 3-dimensionality one would expect, because the highlights and accents have dominated the photo at the expense of the mid tone range.

The composition looks good and the feel I get from the curving rock face is like an amphitheatre.

This is only an opinion and not meant to offend.


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ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
27 Dec 2010 11:34AM
Yeah - it is purposely high contrast Alan, just looking for a really dramatic look on this one.

There are more on my Facebook fan page which are less contrasty though - always a tricky one picking the first one to upload.

When you were stood there, there was a really high contrast look - it was either white (snow/ice) or dark stone/water.
Tandberg 15 1.2k 2 England
27 Dec 2010 11:49AM
linky to a reasonable image

yours aint a bad shot Wink i suppose. I do tutorials for a fee a small fee that may help you with these type of shots. Iam available at short notice. Wink Wink

Tis ok mate being serious for a mo. But i suppose its like marmite love it or hate it, re marmite i hate it, but i like the shot as the treatment gives it a treackly feel

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
27 Dec 2010 11:54AM
were you on Pendle on Xmas eve Dave? I was drivig around Pendle and saw a mini just like yours - you were nowhere to be seen, but thought it may have been yours.

Got so many shots at Scalebar yesterday - this one just tickled my fancy, I'm a high contrast lover Wink
Tandberg 15 1.2k 2 England
27 Dec 2010 11:57AM
i know mate what you like Wink
Yeah i was in pendle but was not in my car it was left at mates house. Car was in burnley.

You around today could bring that thing for you to try and copy if ya want
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
27 Dec 2010 12:12PM
a very striking look with the processing which i like.lesley
andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2010 5:12PM
Personally, I love the high contrast treatment.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
27 Dec 2010 9:15PM
Its the extreme high contrast that works well with this, especially with ice.

fraser 14 631 14 Scotland
27 Dec 2010 9:21PM
I love V2, which is simpler and works better with the high contrast treatment. To me there's too much going on in V1 and the sense of perspective and depth is lost.
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2010 10:09PM
Two fab images. Nice one Ade!
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
27 Dec 2010 10:47PM
I'm sorry Ade, I've not commented for a while.

I've probably done like a lot of others - looked at them and moved on.

You have always liked monos, and I much prefered the ones you were doing 12 months ago. The current monos on the whole are far too stark for me. There appears to be far too few tones here, just the two - Black and White.
28 Dec 2010 9:46AM
Very nice work on both shots.

Rob66 8 1 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 7:22PM
Cracking shot the ice in the foreground looks great.
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
28 Dec 2010 9:33PM
Variety is the spice of life, eh Ade.
I like both V1 for it's contrastiness and V2 for its more gentle atmosphere.
All the best amigo!
Cheer,s GOggz
V1 for me looks really cold and contrasty, I do like a bit of contrast. I wonder what a grey BG would do for this?

Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
29 Dec 2010 11:55AM
It's a fantastic scene but I have to agree totally overcooked. In the old printing days it's like you've printed on grade five and still pushed the contrast further with high contrast developers etc. Suits some subjects but not this.

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