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    Standing Tall

    Ok....here is an attempt at something in B&W. I really don't have the eye that Donald has, and I don't think he would appreciate the tone mapping, but I thought it looks kinda cool.
    Taken with my 1000D @ 1/200s & f/8.0. Image shot in JPEG and post processing done in Photomatix and Photoshop Elements 9.
    Y'all tell me what you think.
    Standing Tall

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    Re: Standing Tall

    it is cool..look like HDR to me, quite a bit soft but i would probably make it more sharper....am i right Donald

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    ahh of course photomatix is HDR...oopps

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    Re: Standing Tall

    I love the angle of view in this photo.Very cool !

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    Re: Standing Tall

    Quote Originally Posted by esteah View Post
    Ok....here is an attempt at something in B&W. I really don't have the eye that Donald has, and I don't think he would appreciate the tone mapping, but I thought it looks kinda cool.

    Standing Tall
    It's all about experimentation and finding out what's possible. It's also all about what your vision is.

    I do believe in that adage that if you don't believe in what you've produced and are happy with it, then you can't expect anyone else to do so.

    So, nothing must ever be off limits so long as it doesn't cause harm to anyone. There's a beautiful power and energy in this image.

    You're right in that it's not the sort of post-processing that I turn to for my images, but that isn't relevant. It's what you've done and I think you've done it very, very well. All the elements (sky and tree) work very well together. Despite the power and aggression in the image, it's not jarring. It doesn't unsettle. It's got a nice balanced feel to it.
    Last edited by Donald; 24th May 2011 at 03:18 PM.

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    Re: Standing Tall

    Thanks for the inspiring words, and the feedback, Donald. I think post processing in photography has a likeness to females and make-up. Make-up should only compliment and sometimes, highlight the features of the face and not be overpowering.

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    Re: Standing Tall

    Quote Originally Posted by esteah View Post
    Thanks for the inspiring words, and the feedback, Donald. I think post processing in photography has a likeness to females and make-up. Make-up should only compliment and sometimes, highlight the features of the face and not be overpowering.
    That made me think - is the ultra-tone-mapped look the photographic equivalent of Goth make up?

    Some like it, some don't.
    (In fact, I probably prefer it to U-T-M, to be honest)

    More seriously, I don't think the image is soft once clicked and viewed at the posted 1,024px 683px, although the U-T-M and sharpening aren't to my personal taste, I do like the composition.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Standing Tall

    Very nice.

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    Re: Standing Tall

    Yes, I agree, it could have been sharper along the tree trunk. The reference to make-up was a general comment. In this image the tone mapping was for 'effect'.
    Thanks for the feedback.

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