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After the Storm by Ed Ries

April 2021 - After the Storm

About the Image(s)

The image was made in Death Valley following a spring storm as I recall. This is an analog image scanned with an Epson V750 Pro or a Polaroid 4x5 film scanner.
B&W Tri-x, 90mm lens, normal processing as I recall. Enhanced the sky in Photoshop to increase contrast and to enhance the dappled sunlight effect. Also selective contrast adjustments using a mask on the foreground. Sharpened with a high pass filter. Finally applied Topaz De-Noise AI to lessen sky noise.

12 comments posted

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ed - A location I have visited on several occasions and I like your take on it. You were fortunate to have a good sky and white salt - not always that way! The side lighting emphasizes the shape of the salt formations and the composition is spot on.   Posted: 04/07/2021 09:05:11

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Well done Ed. I like the repetitive pattern of the salt in the foreground. I agree with Peter about the side lighting emphasizing the granularity of the salt. The only distraction for me is the slight halo above the mountains on the right where the ridgeline is against the dark clouds.   Posted: 04/07/2021 17:19:41
Ed Ries
Hello Michael. After all the times I have looked at this image I missed the halo. Thanks. I'll fix that.   Posted: 04/08/2021 09:32:28

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Ed: This looks like bad water basin in death valley?... a great shot. You were lucky to catch this area without many visitors walking all over the salt leaving foot prints...which could be interesting. I like the light in your image and the formations form a nice leading line. Very nice   Posted: 04/07/2021 20:39:49
Ed Ries
Your guess is correct Ella.   Posted: 04/08/2021 09:33:08

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
I very much like your image Ed. I do find the grain, and the halo running across the mountains somewhat distracting. Never the less well done.   Posted: 04/11/2021 08:10:58
Ed Ries
Paul thank you for your observations. i believe I have resolved the halo on the mountains. I believe the grain was actually film grain. The original was a 4x5 tri-x photo scanned into a digital version. I have applied the newest version of Topaz AI Denoise AI nd the noise in the sky was eliminated. I don't believe that any remaining noise would be visible in a 16x20 print.   Posted: 04/11/2021 16:30:54
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Paul Roth   Paul Roth
you are correct Ed, the second image is definitely better.   Posted: 04/11/2021 21:07:45

Ed Ries
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John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
The patterns in the salt are interesting and are essential to the image so you did well to make them so prominent in the frame.
The lighting variations in the hills is very attractive.   Posted: 04/14/2021 15:09:29

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ed
Fabulous composition that so suits mono I love the way the patterns in the eye lead the eye from bottom right then the slightly darker mid ground and the distant hill sweep right across.The lighting on the far hills is magical and the sky is the icing on the cake.
You so made the most of your opportunity stunning image.   Posted: 04/15/2021 16:42:02
Ed Ries
Thanks Ian for your comments. Appreciated   Posted: 04/15/2021 16:48:47


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