catching the light

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  • Jeremy Roussak
    Jeremy Roussak
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    on: January 27, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Thoughts?

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    Daniel Koretz
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    Reply #1 on: January 27, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    A very interesting image. However, I think it would be better if you brought out some of the texture, color, and lines in the ground  behind. I tried this:

    1. Masking the water and iceberg, I brought up the shadoes on the land mass modestly.

    2. Using the same mask, I increased vibrance, saturation, and contrast on the land mass. I did the contrast adjustment with a curve with a normal blend mode in RGB space, so it incresed saturation as well. I kept these fairly modest also.

    To my mind, it looks a better.

    Jeremy Roussak
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    Reply #2 on: January 28, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Daniel, that’s an interesting comment, in part because what you’ve suggested comes pretty close to reversing the steps I took to get from the raw image to what I have posted here. This was the -2 stop shot of a 3-shot bracket, and it appealed to me more than the others because of the separation between background and berg. It’s possible that my attempts to increase that separation went a little too far, I concede.

    This isn’t the first time I’ve bracketed in that way and found the most under-exposed image to be the one that appealed. Curious.

    Jeremy

    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Reply #3 on: January 28, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    That’s a great berg and I love the light of it, but this image – to me – has too much not quite negative space. I keep wondering why there isn’t more or less detail there, and all of that wondering keeps me away from the berg. If it was my image I’d probably crop away most of the background.

    Mike.

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    Jeremy Roussak
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    Reply #4 on: January 30, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Mike, here’s another I took a minute or two later, with a tighter frame, processed in a similar way. To my mind, the loss of the lines in the background detracts.

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    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #5 on: January 31, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    That was an amazing location and so defines Greenland with Ice and Big Rocky cliffs.  Nice image for sure.

     

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    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Reply #6 on: January 31, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Jeremy: I replied to your comment/re-crop but it got lost somewhere. When I saw your first image I was thinking more along the lines of a 16×9 crop to parallel the shape of the berg. Everyone gets to have an opinion… 🙂

    Mike.

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    Rand Scott Adams
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    Reply #7 on: February 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Jeremy,

    I love this.  Just the right amount of detail in the background to provide a sense of both “place and contrast” and a sense of mystery.  I prefer the less tight image for this reason.

    I’ll bet it makes a beautiful print!

    Rand

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