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Sound Waves

By gc80uk  
Clatto reservoir Dundee, Taken on a cold and frosty day, converted to black and white

Tags: Scotland Dundee Sound Angus Landscape and travel Bandw Tayside Clatto 2016

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
16 Jan 2016 7:52PM
This may have been a cold day but the image comes over as a very dull grey day.

I understand the title as this does look like the waveform of an audio file. There's not much detail in the scene. It would be helpful, in the Critique Gallery, to upload the colour original so we can see what you had to work with and suggest alternative conversion methods.

As it is I'll have a go at a mod or two and see what I can come up with.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2016 9:02AM
There is an idea there but which came first, idea or image? Converting to mono has not worked here. Any interest that colour tone may have added has disappeared into a lot of heavy mid tone grey with no compositional focal point.

You could crop sky and water to panoramic, but there is still really no form to the image. It screams for a subject. Early morning angler silhouetted in a boat perhaps. then the basic simple backgound could becoe a foil to the subjct.

gc80uk 17
17 Jan 2016 11:37AM
Thanks for the comments guys, I am just getting back into photography so your comments are great, Its been around 6 years since i have been out with the cameras so have to get back into the swing of it also photoshop looks like a challenge so time to get on youtube to figure out how to edit my photos better.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
17 Jan 2016 2:32PM
Hi, Gordon, and welcome (back) to the Critique Gallery.

My first thought was a very heavy panoramic crop - more extreme than Keith's. Plus the sort of harsh contrast he used in one mod, to emphasise the graphic, and graph-like quality that you spotted and titled for.

Then I did a softer version, using the same Levels adjustment to bring some tone into the trees.

In both versions, I also dodged the lake surface, to make it more like the sky tonally, again thinking of a graph.

Of course, if the trees had built up to a gentle summit in the middle, you could have called it 'histogram'...

The best thing is to go out and take pictures, lots of them, and analyse what's good and bad as soon afterwards as you can. It's great that you shot and posted this on the same day: way to go!

With Photoshop, don't try to learn everything at once. Make sure that you understand Levels, Dodge/Burn... And then learn other tools as you need them.

And above all, enjoy yourself. I find a six-year lay-off inconceivable: I'm suffering after six days!

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