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Taos morning

By unk001  
this photo was taken as the sun was rising. The original was a little more grainy and much lighter I darkened it and soften it in light room..

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2014 6:47PM
Before I get to the positives, and there are a lot, yes this was going to be grainy. 1/4000 second at ISO 1600? That's your problem! Why those settings??? Take a deep breath before shooting, check and think... You could hand-hold that at 1/500 couldn't you? Or 1/1000 if feeling a bit wobbly?

However I like this a lot. It's pure atmosphere. I live at the top of a hill, overlooking a valley, looking across to other high hills in the distance. I often wake up to this, I've never got a decent picture of it. The sheer darkness of the island of land is powerful (I like dark... ), the sky is as solid, dense as the land. There's no horizon, no world beyond the clouds.

I wanted to make a simple Levels adjustment here, to bring out a little bit more clarity, to make the light shining through the clouds more penetrating; and to intensify the darkness where it matters.

And then I started thinking about crops. They are not meant necessarily as improvements, more as different ways of seeing. I rather like a portrait crop here - landscape seems the obvious choice, carrying the eye sideways; but the story is about the relationship between land and sky, and for that we need to be able to look upwards. That's what portrait does.

Modifications to follow.

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dudler Plus
14 706 1354 England
9 Aug 2014 10:01PM
So much atmosphere, you can cut it with a knife...

If the grain was deliberate, for added effect, that's fine: celebrate it - sharpen it for even more atmosphere! Otherwise, though, as Moira suggests, think it through, and cut back to a "beige" set of aperture, ISO and shutter speed. An unexciting combination, like a Skoda Fabia... And, like a Fabia (and I spent 18 happy months driving one, by the way, revelling in the economy and the beige metallic - aka "champagne" - paintwork), it will be reliable, and get you where you need to go.

Continuing the car analogy: living on the edge is exciting, and I swapped the Fabia for ann Impreza diesel, which is far more dramatic, in every way - and harder work, especially when you push the performance envelope a bit.

Maybe this is a good way to view really high ISO (and extremes of shutter speed and aperture) - boy racer stuff, risky and wild.

Mod coming...
unk001 3
10 Aug 2014 12:46AM
it was cold and I never really thought about the settings...I just wanted to capture the shot... I like all of your mods...dudler yours is over the top however in the lower right your work really made the clouds jump out ans almost looks like water...I like to push things, your car analogy is a good one...and Moira, if i may, your mods and advice is equally great... just a note years ago when I was doing only black and white film developing and using my own dark room for prints my goal was to get as many shots as I could with as many settings possible and work out the results in the dark room...seems old habits hang around a long time... and digital has changed everything but the results...Thanks so much for your mods and comments...I've gained more insight in this last week, since I signed up for this site, than i got in years.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
10 Aug 2014 9:07AM
I like this for it's sheer simplicity,a restful yet atmospheric scene.
The dark shape looks like a face ( to me..Wink ) so intimates a figure lying in a grey mist.
I did a quick mod..cropped a load of sky,upped the contrast a little,softened the 'mist'.
I was tempted to convert to mono but,I do like just that wee hint of colour in the sky.
This would create a lovely huge canvas on a blank wall.
unk001 3
10 Aug 2014 7:26PM
It was a lucky shot... one of those times when it just happens...I went to get another camera with better resolution but the shot was gone... I like your mod it makes me wish my printer could make a huge print. I also thought of converting it to black and did it in a copy of the original but it lost the qualities that you and others have talked about...
PS checked out your gallery...that is some really great work...c
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
11 Aug 2014 9:45AM
Thank you for the compliment Blush...nice to get some feedback from you too.

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