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Ramshaw Rocks

By Paul_CA
Windy and chilly afternoon at Ramshaw Rocks in the Peak District. Scrabbled up a slab of rock and took 3 exposures of this as the dynamic range was way too high. Blended in Photoshop.

Tags: Black and white Peak district Landscape and travel

Voters: prabhusinha, NaturesHaven, paskinmj and 8 more

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paskinmj 11 11 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2012 2:13PM
Great composition and contrast.

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dudler Plus
16 996 1553 England
5 Jul 2012 2:30PM
I'll begin with the disclaimer: I love film, and natural-looking pictures. In my view, there's nothign better than a roll of FP4 and a Contax RTS. That's where I'm coming from.

And this is a stunning picture. It's tonally beautiful (guess that's the HDR work?), and the mono works well. The composition and lighting are great.

But (and it's the only one) it looks liek a beautiful drawing or etching, rather than a photograph. This is fine, and is (I assume) exactly what you wanted to produce. I'd love to see a version that is less sharpened, though, possibly as a version, or another day's upload...

I have enormous respect for what some people (and you're clearly one of them) can do with Photoshop - I sometiems think, though, that its' becoming a Litmus test for quality, rather than a seeing eye. You have both...
fazzer 10 54 7 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2012 8:21PM
nice image
Paul_CA 12 16 4 France
5 Jul 2012 8:25PM
Thanks paskinmj and dudler. Dudler I may have oversharpened this a bit when I resized perhaps. The foreground rock is gritstone with a fine grainy texture, the normal size version is sharpened as much as I could to emphasise this and to my eye looks about right. Possibly a little too much enthusiasm to try to retain this when I scaled down particularly the background IMO which now does look a little too ... crisp perhaps. Selective sharpening next time Smile
I'm disagreeing on your Litmus test statement though - I just don't believe that you can Photoshop a sheep's ear into a silk purse. Lord knows I've tried often enough Sad
Thanks both.

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