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Cairns above Hebden

By gerainte1

Another B&W. Tried to take on board previous advice and give this a bit more punch. May be a bit clumsy especially right of the cairn.

This is above Hebden , Yorkshire looking to Pendle Hill bottom right, no witches to be seen.

I used a polarised filter and Corkin ND grad as the sky while stormy was quite bright and to get a sense of movement.

Any thoughts, advice welcome.

Tags: Landscape and travel Yorkshire sky

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Coast 14 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
30 May 2014 10:02PM
It is a stunning landscape you have captured. Ideal for mono with all that detail, tone and texture.

Personally it is a bit too strong and the highlights need pulling down a little. There is too much glow and looks like an over cooked HDR in black and white. This may come down to personal taste though as many do like this effect. HDR has its place but generally the best incorporating this style of processing are the ones that are not immediately obvious as HDR processed.

I'll try a mod.

Otherwise this has a lot going for it. Lovely composition, depth and detail and a change in the processing employed will make it a winner for me.

Hope that helps

30 May 2014 10:08PM
Thanks Paul, I know the cairn does look HDR, it's not, but does look a bit over done. I was trying to get that bit more punch and bring it out from the sky.
Thanks for looking and positive comments, look forward to your mod.
Coast 14 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
30 May 2014 10:14PM
I need to get on the computer to do this justice as iPad is not giving me what I want. Will have a go again later as I want to get it somewhere between your original and the mod I've done.

30 May 2014 10:15PM
Thanks Paul, certainly toned this down, and looks more natural. I go back and have a look at mine.
Thanks geraint
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1967 England
30 May 2014 10:53PM
There's definitely a bit of processing going on there: I'm not sure exactly what, but there's a white outline to the cairn that is a bit of a giveaway.

There's also a slightly plasticky look to things, where my ideal (though this is the film-lover in me, probably) is rather more grainy and gritty.

Dramatic, though, and a lovely composition.
30 May 2014 11:03PM
Hi Dudler, yes too much, I need to go back to it and see if I can tone it down.
Thanks for you comments on the composition.
Coast 14 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
30 May 2014 11:43PM
Got home and on the Mac - done two more versions with the first to retain the dark contrasty feel of your original version but pull the white back to try and lose that glow feel. The second is the same modification but adding a cool tone to compliment the brooding windswept scene.

Just different.

31 May 2014 12:09AM
Hi paul,
Like both, not sure the first is too different from my original, but the second blue tint really gives it a twist very atmospheric.

Thanks again as always really helpful advice and examples.
31 May 2014 12:13AM
I've uploaded a mod from me, I've tried to retain the natural look of the cairn while giving it the moody punch I was looking for, I think this works better.

Coast 14 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
31 May 2014 12:25AM
I think its gone a little too far the other way. Great sky but the rocks look a little flat. It's just a tweak up from here but again we are getting into personal preferences. Great base image and it is finding a balance that pulls out the texture and tonality without going extreme.

31 May 2014 12:31AM
Amazing really how many variations there can be, endless fun. Going to do a bit more tweaking tomorrow!
thanks again, really is good to have other eyes.
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
31 May 2014 8:47AM
It is strong with loads of impact, but it is also over done on the right and looks it. A bit of a cardboard cut out effect. Very nice though with a lot of potential.

31 May 2014 9:25AM
Thanks Paul, definitely agree on the cut out effect, I've tried to tone that down in the in the mod I posted.
Thanks for the positive comment

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