Calm after the storm

Discussion in 'B&W images' started by Ken Rennie, May 10, 2019.

  1. Ken Rennie

    Ken Rennie Staff Member

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    I have posted images taken from here before but this is new (I hope). I am still besotted with minimalism o this image became an exercise in how little can I include to produce a pleasing image. Looking at the B & W images I note that almost all of you use Silver Efex and I never do but I make a lot of use of Color Efex in my mono images expecially tonal contrast. This prints very well and it is a good exercise in controlling whites as most of the image lives in the brightest possible 10%, textured matte paper hides any slips into blown highlights.
    This image was taken about 1 mile from home and as the title suggests it was just after the heavy snow stopped and some thin and watery sunshine started to breakthrough. I have not been posting much as I have to produce images for 2 shared exhibitions and a solo show of 20 images. Ken
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    A very simple scene but a nice composition for the visible elements. Most of us would likely benefit from engaging in some serious minimalism every once in a while to sharpen our compositional skills.
     
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    I defintely wrote a reply already, it must have disappeared somewhere between Utah and Nevada as I was driving. :rolleyes:

    I sure like this Ken. Great minimalism. With that snow, it’s perfect.

    That’s interesting to read your B&W workflow with using Color Efex instead of Silver Efex. I mainly use Silver Efex, but sometimes I will actually use the B&W converter in Photoshop which lets you adjust each color separately in the tonal conversion. It’s a great way to darken the sky for example or to lighten geeens in leaves. It reminds me of the old days when we would shoot with color filters with B&W film to do just that.
     
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    Stunning like fine art.
     
  5. Ken Rennie

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    Jim Siver Efex also also allows you to apply colour filters. You probably know this already but if you darken the blues to make the sky more dramatic you will almost always generate a halo. Ken
     
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    Love it, it's a perfect minimalist image!!!
     

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