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Old May 6th, 2009, 09:04 AM
Mike Spinak Mike Spinak is offline
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Default Alabama Hills with Storm, #5

Here's a shot I made in the Alabama Hills, a couple years ago.



The light during this storm was quite wonderful, with dark storm clouds in the near distance, and bright, harsh late-afternoon sunlight, where I stood. Combined with the geological formations in this landscape, it made for quite an ominous feel, and so I tried to capture this experience in this photo.

This was shot with a 1Ds Mark II camera and a 24-70 f/2.8 lens, set to 24mm. My exposure was 0.3 second, at f/22, at ISO 100.

This was a picture that I put aside for a long time, while I figured out how to process is, as desired. I wanted to make it black and white, and well... I wanted to make it look as you see it here. I've recently been learning some more about post-processing, and learning how to use actions, so I could finally make this picture with the black and white treatment I wanted.

I hope you enjoy.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 11:48 AM
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This is my favorite stop on the trek from Boise to L.A. I have many images from there...none to compare with yours.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 12:20 PM
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This was a picture that I put aside for a long time, while I figured out how to process is, as desired. I wanted to make it black and white, and well... I wanted to make it look as you see it here. I've recently been learning some more about post-processing, and learning how to use actions, so I could finally make this picture with the black and white treatment I wanted.

I hope you enjoy.
Hi Mike

Firstly I enjoy it very much, it's wonderful, you've managed to make the rocks come to life, which I know is difficult to do. This shot is of particular interest to me - I came back from the far north west of Scotland a couple of weeks ago with loads of shots with fantastic rock formations.... Having just taken delivery of my new Mac today I need to settle down in the next few days and do some serious work on the shots I came back with, can you expand on the way this shot has been processed?
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Old May 6th, 2009, 01:31 PM
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Thank you, Winston. And, you're welcome.

Thank you, Janet.I would be happy to expand upon what I did, but I need to better understand it, myself, before I explain. I will get back to you, on this.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 03:01 PM
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I like it!
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Old May 6th, 2009, 11:43 PM
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Thank you, Janet.I would be happy to expand upon what I did, but I need to better understand it, myself, before I explain. I will get back to you, on this.
Thanks Mike, look forward to it....
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Old May 9th, 2009, 10:17 AM
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Hi, Janet.

First I applied an unsharp mask, with an amount of 20%, a radius of 20 pixels, and a threshold of 0%. Then I did a brightness/contrast adjustment, with a brightness of -7 and a contrast of +12. Then I used the history brush to selectively paint some detail back into the highlights which were now blown out, and back into the shadows which were now blocked up.
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Old May 10th, 2009, 06:30 AM
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Hi Mike

Thank you, I'm working on some shots with rocks right now, I'll give it a go.....
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Old May 10th, 2009, 08:53 PM
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Janet,

You're welcome. I look forward to seeing them.

Daniel,

Thank you.
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Old May 11th, 2009, 01:32 AM
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You're welcome. I look forward to seeing them
Thanks Mike, I'll post some as soon as I can, I'm still working my way through all the shots I came back with, but I'm getting on well with my new Mac, it's so fast in comparison to my poor old PC, I'm already wondering how I managed without it!
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