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

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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