Brad Ashbrook  

Leutasch Austria by Brad Ashbrook

May 2020 - Leutasch Austria

May 2020 - Brad Ashbrook


About the Image(s)

During quarantine I signed up for an online photo conference. One of the presentations was by Jack Curran who specialized in B&W. This photo used some of his techniques and style which seemed appropriate for a cloudy/misty day in northern Austria. I was only there for a couple of hours during a break from a work trip. The image was processed in Capture One and a B&W preset from Seim was chosen first. Then I used multiple brush layers to dodge and burn several areas.

10 comments posted

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Great clouds! Would love to know what techniques were suggested. To me, the foreground is lost into the mountains and the overall tone seems dark. Of course, its got a great dark moody feel. I love the cloud covering the smaller middle mountain.
  Posted: 05/08/2020 07:36:01

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
A very dramatic and atmospheric mountainous landscape. I like the way that the light is breaking through light up small mountain in the background. I would like to see a little more of the buildings that are in the foreground at the base.   Posted: 05/08/2020 09:55:25

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
The conversion to monochrome has been very effective. I love the dramatic feel of this image.   Posted: 05/09/2020 16:35:36

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
The conversion has done a great job of the clouds. They are really powerful. The bottom of the hills and the foreground seem a little flat to me. It may be a good thing to dim down the bales on the bottom left and raise the profile of the central buildings. They would be a nice balance to the lovely cloud covered mountain just above.   Posted: 05/11/2020 05:00:31

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
Amazing clouds. Black and white has made this image a very dramatic. I really like it.   Posted: 05/11/2020 12:05:41

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I just took a class from Thibault Roland on long exposure, so my thinking and reactions are biased. Thibault likes to layer multiples of the same image for long exposure in Silver Efex Pro, bringing them into Photoshop and using masks. I think you could do the same effect with layers of dodge and burn, or playing around with the focal points in Silver Efex Pro. What you have done is fine, but not the full potential of the photo in my mind. There are dark areas in the land that could be lighter with more information. Very dramatic photo in its intensity of contrasts.   Posted: 05/19/2020 17:46:08
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
I did about 8 layers of dodge and burn in Capture One.   Posted: 05/19/2020 19:36:51
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I caught that. What I meant was that you could mask off just the land and lighten some of the darker areas. Silver Efex Pro lets you have control points - it would bring out some more of the information in the photo without losing the mood.   Posted: 05/19/2020 22:57:53

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I love the clouds (I'm a sucker for B/W stormy skies).

While I like the composition I feel the foreground gets lost in all the grey tones. For me, if you are going to hide the foreground in the shadows then corp off more of it and just make the image about the clouds. There are a few hay bales that sort of draw my eye, but I can't see enough of them.   Posted: 05/26/2020 14:12:33
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
My next revision will be too lighten up the foreground before I make a print.   Posted: 05/26/2020 17:15:01


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