High Key Minimalism (again)
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Landscape & Nature Photographyon: April 20, 2021 at 5:25 pm
I have revisited this image many times and am almost happy with it. I am still undecided about 2 things. Firstly the amount of empty space around the image, I have lots more space if I want to use it or could crop closer. I have plenty of pixels (Sony A7R4). I am also undecided about the black point. If I darken the trees the misty mood is lessened although the initial impact is increased. Perhaps when I print it my problem will be resolved. So any thoughts welcome. Ken
ParticipantPosts: 156Re: High Key Minimalism (again)Reply #1 on: April 20, 2021 at 5:31 pm
What a beautiful, emotive image. I think it could use a little more breathing room on the right side, for balance. As for the black point, I like it where it is. But I think you’re right. Holding the print in your hand will give you the answers you seek, Grasshopper.
ParticipantPosts: 33Re: High Key Minimalism (again)Reply #2 on: April 20, 2021 at 8:18 pm
Gold MemberPosts: 219Re: High Key Minimalism (again)Reply #3 on: April 21, 2021 at 9:59 am
Wonderful image indeed.
When facing such questions as yours about this photograph, Michael Reichmann would often ask, “What is the photograph about?”
I believe the answer is “the mist…”.
Therefore probably more mist and mystery will add not subtract.Re: High Key Minimalism (again)Reply #4 on: April 21, 2021 at 10:03 am
Thank you Paul, John and Christopher, more breathing room it will get, definitely on the right but probably a little on the left as well. Ken
Gold MemberPosts: 518Re: High Key Minimalism (again)Reply #5 on: April 21, 2021 at 2:18 pm
Yes, a little room on the right would be good. I think the balance of mist and black point is just right, but as you say, a print will tell you. Perhaps on a nicely textured matt paper?
Silver MemberPosts: 834Re: High Key Minimalism (again)Reply #6 on: April 22, 2021 at 11:16 am
The mist and feel are so strong. A bit of recovery in the whiter areas would define the texture of the mist. This is a really nice image. If you had ever seen the videos of Charlie Cramer and Me making prints, we would have gone back and played with this a bit more. This image has great potential.
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ParticipantPosts: 36Re: High Key Minimalism (again)Reply #7 on: April 25, 2021 at 12:31 pm
I would love to see several more versions of this gorgeous image. I can see adding a little space on left and right, but I feel that playing with the black point or getting a bit more texture in the fog might help a lot, or it might ruin the image. So I’d love to see some variants. It’s certainly a great image as is, but could it be even stronger?Re: High Key Minimalism (again)Reply #8 on: April 27, 2021 at 7:18 am
Gold MemberPosts: 518Re: High Key Minimalism (again)Reply #9 on: April 27, 2021 at 2:58 pm
I think the second version is an improvement. It’s slightly less ethereal but still wonderfully evocative, and I like the increased clarity in the trees, particularly in the main clump.
A big print would look fantastic (and won’t even use much ink!).
Rand Scott Adams
Silver MemberPosts: 241Re: High Key Minimalism (again)Reply #10 on: May 1, 2021 at 8:56 am
Lovely shot. I think I’d go “half way” between the first and second. The framing is “more comfortable” in the second, and while I like the added depth, it has lost a bit of the mystery of the first. I agree, this would make a lovely print…. one I could “live with” for a long time and not tire of enjoying.
Rand Scott Adams Rand47
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