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Remains of Nine Stone Circle by Jon Allanson

January 2021 - Remains of Nine Stone Circle

January 2021 - Jon Allanson


About the Image(s)

There are a small number of stone circles in the Peak District National Park. This one is thought to have originated in the Bronze Age, but over the years some of the stones have been removed and used by local farmers.

Taken on my XPro2 with 35mm f1.4 lens at 1/2700 sec f5.6 ISO 400. Basic corrections were made in Lightroom. Then in Photoshop converted to mono using a black &white adjustment layer, selectively sharpened using High Pass, anfd final levels and curves adjustments made.

6 comments posted

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
I had to look twice at this image. It might be the black and white doesn't work for me or that the sky needs to be replaced. It seems to compete with the stones for the focal point. In the original one, the stones stand out against the sky because of color and contrasting texture of the stones to the fluffy clouds. There is no question as to what is the main event.
That said, I do like the texture of the stones and foreground in the black and white.   Posted: 01/14/2021 11:48:49

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I like the monochrome version, but there is problem with a perceived horizon line. It is because the original has a sense of depth since there is a cliff behind the stones and a light blue mountain range. In your conversion to b& w, you lost that light blue and it is almost a solid black tone. I would lighten the mountains, using a dodge and burn in PS brush at 20%; then correct the background to look "straight". I think this is why I prefer Silver Efex Pro for work on monochrome, it isn't so heavy handed.   Posted: 01/14/2021 14:51:35
Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
On a small PDI the sky/ground contrast looks much harsher than on a large print. I never use for mono work as feel it does not give me the tonal control I want - I normally use multiple Black and White adjustment layers. I have lightened up the sky and distant hill by adjusting the cyan slider.   Posted: 01/15/2021 06:34:11
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Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
I think the monochrome version of this image makes it very strong. I wonder if the horizon should be straight? We hear that a lot from our camera club judges.   Posted: 01/15/2021 10:24:09
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I commented on the horizon previous to your comment. It is possible that the image is straight in the foreground, but the clouds and land make it look crooked. When the land in the background is lighter, it makes sense.   Posted: 01/15/2021 14:13:51

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
You have an excellent subject and I like the monochrome version. I also like the almost black sky, I think it adds to the photo. I would like more emphasis put on the cool looking stones. There are a couple areas of concern, the sky and shadow areas left and right. I would probably crop this image a bit off the top and try to open up the shadows more left and right. My image is just of the crop, didn't try opening up the shadows.   Posted: 01/15/2021 11:30:08
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