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What Ewe Lookin' At?

By RHemingway  
A sheep skull I found lying in the grass on Pumlumon Fawr in the Cambrian Mountains.

I just really liked the contrast of the lines in the skull.

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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paulbroad 10 123 1198 United Kingdom
17 May 2013 8:21PM
Would need to see the original, but your mono is too contrasty burning out the whole top of the skull. If the original is burnt out, then you can do nothing about it. You are converting to mono with the channel mixer, I hope, where you have access tom all three primaries, R, G AND B. You can then control mono tones much better.

Otherwise, quite an interesting image which would work in mono.


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17 May 2013 8:41PM
Thanks Paul,

I shot in mono, then adjusted contrast & brightness in editing. Agree about the top of the skull, but I was struggling to get the right balance as i felt i lost something in the detail of the grass too.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1812 United Kingdom
17 May 2013 9:11PM
I like the idea and the composition, but yes I want to see more surface detail and texture in the top of the skull.
Given that we are shooting digital now I have never really seen the point of setting the camera to mono - much better to capture the complete file and examine the possibilities later. I do tend to see the world in mono, but I shoot in colour so that I can see it better later on.
paulbroad 10 123 1198 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 11:29AM
I would never shoot in mono. You get a far more controlled result shooting in colour and correcting/converting later. You then also have the colour image. Camera mono conversion depends on what some programmer somewhere wanted your image to look like, not you.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
18 May 2013 4:16PM
I think your subject matter suits the mono treatment,makes it look rather sinister.
Try taking a small diffuser out & about with you ( one that folds & fits in your pocket would be ideal),drop the diffuser in between the harsh light & your subject,it will work wonders filtering out some of the light & you will wonder how you ever managed without one eventually Wink You could also use a light coloured foldable umbrella to do the same thing.
18 May 2013 4:26PM
Turns out i did take an image in colour so have turned to mono in processing and uploaded as a mod to get rid of the burn.
paulbroad 10 123 1198 United Kingdom
19 May 2013 7:13AM
Your own mod is a great improvement with respect to overall tonal range, but you are now a touch dark overall. Can't win can you? Lighten your mod whilst watching the skull detail for a brighter image. Will try a mod, I suspect the histogram will tell all.

19 May 2013 2:59PM
Can see the improvement your mod makes Paul, thanks for taking the time to make one and upload it.

Would you be able to recommend a good article explaining histograms and how to use them? At present I do what I guess all learners do, drag the pointers round on screen until I think it looks better (but not necessarily as good as it could be, as you have shown!)
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1966 United Kingdom
19 May 2013 5:16PM
So sorry to be late on this one, Richard, but I did a modification for you yesterday and then my internet connection went down.
This is what I was going to say:
"I agree with what has been said, Richard.
I have looked at your version under the Modifications section, and the burnout has gone, much better. I just feel it needs a bit more space on the right and some contrast adjustment, so have done a modification with that addressed using Levels. I also selectively sharpened a few areas on the skull".

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