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Spiti Valley Homes and Hoodoos by Larry Crook

May 2020 - Spiti Valley Homes and Hoodoos

May 2020 - Larry Crook


About the Image(s)

Staying home I have been going through my archives. This image is from a trip I made to the Spiti Valley in India, just south of Tibet (China). I used a program from Topaz Labs, JPEG to RAW AI, to convert the original JPG file to a DNG file which I opened in PS and then converted to B&W in SEP2. I adjusted the contrast, brightness, and structure in SEP2.

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8 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
A good way show the perspective. It also tells a story of people living in this rough country side. Even though there is not a lot of color, I prefer the color. The composition works well with the houses being a line from bottom left then the Hoodoos going from right to left. The clouds are a plus.   Posted: 05/02/2020 15:53:34

Steve Knight   Steve Knight
The black and white is well done but I too prefer the color. The colored flags and the multi colored streamers atop the buildings add more interest for me. In the color version I would take out the sign board on the right center as it is distracting.   Posted: 05/02/2020 21:56:57

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
I like both the original and B/W, but prefer the B/W.

I thought the B/W lost some drama and excitement in various areas. The Hoodoos needs more shadows that were present in the color version. I would want you to consider vignette the edges a little bit. This would work on both images.   Posted: 05/04/2020 09:41:14
Larry Crook   Larry Crook
Thanks for the suggestions. I took another try at it - I think it's better than my first one.   Posted: 05/24/2020 10:19:13
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Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
Great image to show this place off, the colour version works so well for the houses and makes them stand out so well, but the mono image is so much better for those wonderful peaks at the back.
I know you're going to say there was a truck or a block of flats or something, but I do find that the buildings are very tight in the frame and could do with some room to breathe.   Posted: 05/17/2020 06:42:28
Larry Crook   Larry Crook
I can't remember what was there but I agree with you that it looks tight. Thanks.   Posted: 05/24/2020 10:24:00

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
I prefer your second version. Is there also more contrast?
I like the 3 elements (houses, mountains ans clouds (always clouds in my comment when there is a sky...)) and their position. A picture for the B&W.
There is a little bit of space missing (too cropped), isn't it (my opinion)?   Posted: 05/26/2020 02:03:03

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Fantastic Larry. This is definitely a hot spot, a very pristine place and a haven for landscapes, astro as well as heritage and culture. I prefer the mono version and the second try is definitely very good. The color content usually of the monasteries are good, but in this one it is the color of sky taking attention and the little led at the top of the architectural structures are quite less in volume for attention. Therefore I prefer the mono so that the sky does not take the attention due to color content. I definitely agree that there should be space on the right and I believe it was there. Maybe you do not have it in your file. The treatment of the mountainscape and the light on them gives them the required punch. Well done and Good light to you Larry.   Posted: 05/26/2020 04:20:50