For the Hell of It

Quick little Jpeg b&w. I just blended 2 jpeg exposures and converted to black and white to see how it came together. I figure I would put it up here for feedback before going and processing the RAW file.
2 exposures. Longer exposure for water and clouds using the Lee Big Stopper ND filter and then another shorter exposure without the filter to ensure the treats were tack sharp.
24mm tse
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19 responses

  1. Very nice work of art…

    July 22, 2010 at 5:20 am

  2. Looks the goods to me , like to see the colour version.

    Also like to see the colour version of that header shot.

    July 22, 2010 at 5:22 am

    • I’m not really to keen on the colour version. I shot this purely for a black and white in mind as it was 10am and there was a lot of contrast

      July 22, 2010 at 9:48 am

  3. I dig it Luke. What time of day was this shot?
    Killer comp.

    July 22, 2010 at 5:48 am

    • Thanks Mike. I took this about 10am I would say. Final shot for the morning shoot

      July 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

  4. True North Mark

    Nice Luke…I would pull the blues back a bit in the sky to make the sky more dramatic but the shot works for sure!

    July 22, 2010 at 6:31 am

    • Thanks for that suggestion Mark. I agree. Will darken further in the final

      July 22, 2010 at 6:38 am

  5. chloe

    how does the whole ‘two exposures’ work?
    do you take two photos & then merge them via photoshop?

    its a great effect, i really like this

    July 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

    • Hey Chloe. Yeah just take several exposures, be it 2 or more and then manually blend them. In this case I used a 10stop Neutral Density filter to lengthen the exposure time giving the movement in the water and clouds. I then removed the filter and took another exposure which was much faster to make sure there was no recorded movement in the trees. I then blended the 2 exposures together. Hope that all makes sense.

      July 22, 2010 at 10:55 am

  6. Very nice Luke. A couple of suggestions would be to darken the trees on the s-bend so as to highlight the water as it kinda gets lost at present … That cloud is real bright and leaves a gap on the top left, either fill it in or lighten that part of the sky so there is not so much contrast at that point … right side looks cool, left side not so much …

    Just my 2 cents

    July 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    • Luke Austin

      Thanks for that Neal. I agree on enhancing the s-bend a little more. I will darken the trees a touch and brighten the water a little. I think I will also bring some of the highlights up in the trees and rocks on the left hand side. As far as the cloud goes and the contrast I prefer to keep it that way then tone it down. Thanks for the suggestions.

      July 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

  7. pretty damn sweet for a “quick edit” Luke. I love it! πŸ™‚
    great work.
    p.s… don’t let Neal know I commented on a B/W image… hehe. πŸ˜›

    July 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm

  8. matt saul

    love it! i agree with neal though on darkening some of those tress to highlight the winding water πŸ™‚

    July 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

  9. chloe

    that does make sense πŸ™‚ and it’s awesome
    i would love to learn to do that, fascinating !

    July 23, 2010 at 4:25 am

  10. Sweet work Luke as always.

    July 24, 2010 at 6:26 am

  11. Great composition, Maybe a touch to busy but most landscape B&w’s always look like that to me.

    July 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

  12. Christian

    Luke Austin the 6 million dollar man, back to his best. Brill mate.

    August 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

  13. Very striking!! Beautiful shot!

    August 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

  14. Good Stuff Luke!

    August 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm

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