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    Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    This scene of Moraine Lake and the Valley of 10 Peaks in Banff National Park is almost always shown in color. That's very understandable, considering the brightly colored canoes, the unusual, brilliant green color of the lake, and the three layers of green trees, brown rocks and blue sky. Despite all of those obvious advantages of using color, a monochrome treatment brings out different (not necessarily better) aspects of the scene, which in their own way are just as dramatic.

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    Moraine Lake in black-and-white

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    Would the real Ansel Adams please step forward!

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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    Nicely done.

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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    Beautiful composition , mike...............................a layer mask around the boat area to reduce highlights.

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    Very nice work Mike. The B&W gives a dramatic look to the place particularly with those wispy clouds. I like the composition too.

    When I was there last year, I took most of my shots from the top of the rock pile, but looking at your shot and a few others since, I think the a lower view such as yours gives a better perspective and also highlights the water reflections better.

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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    gorgeous shot, love the B&W

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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    Thanks, everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve S View Post
    a layer mask around the boat area to reduce highlights.
    Nice idea, Steve! Is this more to your liking?


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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    Very nice.

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    Nicely done, Mike. I think I actually prefer the original.

    I thought wrong. I like the edit. lol
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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    Nice work Mike. It is an enchanting place. I didn't think of monochrome when I was there the colours were so strong especially with the canoes in the foreground.
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    I think that helped, i can see more detail in the boats and dock now. Nice image mike!!

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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    Beautiful image.

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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    Reducing the highlights on the boats certainly improves what was already a pretty impressive scene.

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    Thanks again, everyone!

    Steve mentioned that his idea of reducing the highlights on the canoes and dock improved the detail in that area. That's because I also increased the contrast in that area. The other improvement for me, perhaps a more important improvement, is that the brightest tones in that area no longer pull the viewer's eye immediately to the bottom right corner of the image.

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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    Every scenic calendar in Canada seems to feel obligated to show this lake. I think your image is a vast improvement. The great thing about the view is the rock and tree texture and tones, this black and white really emphasizes it.

    Really well processed too; if my limited experience in the medium is any criteria.

    I will have to stop looking at your black and white stuff, it starting to make me appreciate the conversions. Slippery slope and all that. Could end up like Donald.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbob View Post
    Could end up like Donald.
    Life could be worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbob View Post
    Could end up like Donald.
    I wouldn't wish that on anyone!

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    Wish it on me.. your b&w photos are simply stunning..

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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    That is nice!!

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    Re: Moraine Lake in black-and-white

    Yet another fantastic B&W from you. You are killing it on these monochromes, Mike

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