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    Roots in Sandstone

    First let me apologize if I linked the photo incorrectly. (But I think I got it right )

    This is a photo of a root system sticking out of a canyon wall in Illinois. It's hand held, which I hardly ever shoot handheld, and shot with my Nikon 1 camera.

    So my questions are this... Really how does it look. The only editing was a little tweaking in curves, and removal of some graffiti. Otherwise I was thinking on cropping the bottom to the roots, removing the dirt, and possibly cropping part of the dark on top.

    Any helpful hints are appreciated.

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    Re: Roots in Sandstone

    I think that's a strong abstract-like image. It's an image that's very much about lines, shapes and textures and, I find, engages you in a way that keeps you looking.

    Nice work.

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    Re: Roots in Sandstone

    I agree with Donald's thoughts, and find that is has a painting feel to it, if that makes sense. I was going to use the word paintingesc but am pretty sure it isn't a real word . One of my first thought also was how would it look in b&w. I would love to give a run through SEP2. I really like the photo.

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    Re: Roots in Sandstone

    The crops you are considering, in my mind, would eliminate the effect of the roots reaching from the top down to the bottom.

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    It's an image that's very much about lines, shapes and textures and, I find, engages you in a way that keeps you looking.
    Consider converting this to black-and-white to perhaps further emphasize all of that.

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    Re: Roots in Sandstone

    Thanks for the feedback, I do appreciate it.

    I have another shot of the same root system that I did convert to Black and White, This one is a little different but I think the extra rock on the right adds a little more to the story. But it may be too busy.

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    Re: Roots in Sandstone

    The second one tells a very different story that I also like. It convinces me that I'd really like to see your black-and-white treatment of the first one.

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    Re: Roots in Sandstone

    I did a quick B&W conversion in SilverEfex and REALLY like this one. My concerns with the Top and Bottoms not looking correct have gone away with the B&W version.

    Thanks again for the input. I may have to print this one.

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    Re: Roots in Sandstone

    I liked the color version but I like the black-and-white version considerably more. Tweak it until you get it just the way you want it and it will make a nice print.

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    Re: Roots in Sandstone

    Mike

    That's exactly what I'm doing right now.

    Thanks all for the input.

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