Bodie Ghost Town and Grand Canyon

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  1. keithg

    keithg TPF Noob!

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    Some pictures I took last year at Bodie and a few years ago at the Grand Canyon. Please critique. Sorry for the watermarks, but I don't want anyone to jack my stuff.

    By the way, I shoot with a Canon Rebel XTi and stock 18-55 lens and process my images (desaturate, adjust contrast) with Apple's Aperture, if anyone was wondering.

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    watermarks are fine, but if you are posting here for critique it would be best to remove them. no one here will "jack your stuff".


    The compositions are fine, but i have to say that the post work done could be better.

    most people will tell you that one of the best ways to turn a color photo into b&w is to use a channel mixer.

    desat tends to make the photo gray.

    #1 & #2 have some detail loss and this could be due to the post work. maybe a bit too much contrast.

    #3 is probably my fav and with a different b&w technique, it could be an awesome photo.

    now for the good- i think you have a good eye and as i stated before, the compositions are fine. maybe just different post work is needed.

    keep shooting and i would like to see more of your work.
     
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    Wow. WAY too much middle gray for my tastes. I'd adjust some tones/curves to bring out highlights and shadows.
     
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    same for me, more zone would be nice
     
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    +1 for more contrast

    too much gray
     
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    Forgot to mention, I like all the shots, especially #3.
     
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    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    +1 more on the contrast.

    I can understand the watermark approach on a larger image size, but it seems rather overdone at this resolution.
     
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    i normally just ignore water marks like that but holy moley...

    needs more saturation...
     
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    I wasn't implying that anyone here would steal my images, but it would be easy for any random forum browser to save to desktop, etc.

    I never thought to use the channel mixer since I'm red/green colorblind and two of the three colors are red and green. I tried it out, though, by first desaturating and then using the channel mixer. Seems to work somewhat better than just desaturating and adjusting contrast. Now I see what you mean about the gray. I'll post a couple more images later when I get home.

    And I'm just curious how certian photographs, such as this photograph titled "bell spur" by Douglass Kent Hall, are sold for $1,200 for an 11x14 limited edition print. No offense, but I don't get it. It's just a cowboy boot. What makes it worth $1,200?
    http://www.photographersgallery.com/photo.asp?id=1379

    http://www.photographersgallery.com/i/full/bellspur.jpg
     
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    . . . I mean besides the fact that Douglas Kent Hall is famous and all, is there anything besides the fact that he is famous that makes his "bell spur" photograph extraordinary??
     
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    beauty is in the eye of the beholder i guess.

    on your software......under channel mixer......does it have a place called monochrome?
     
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    He captured a mood of the American West. Doug Hall has been a strong photographer for years. Not my style, but he deserves the utmost respect.

    As for your original post; I like the compositions, but I have a hard time seeing them in b&w.

    Love & Bass
     

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