M. Arfan Asif, APSA, MPSA  

Dunescapes#7 by M. Arfan Asif, APSA, MPSA

February 2021 - Dunescapes#7

About the Image(s)

This is one of the images shot for my thematic panel. The inclusion of foliage in arid environment presents life among the sand dunes. The peak and the highlight presents the positivity among the barren sand mass. Of course this is my thought process and would like to hear yours. Settings were F5.6 at 1/750 sec at 200mm focal in manual exposure program. Image has a two pixel white stroke and a very light grey frame. Your opinion.

16 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
The square format and large frame are strong components of this image. Very crisp/sharp details and the tones, shapes, shading are excellent. The trees are an added bonus as they add some great tension, and their placement in the composition is very strong. On the wall with this one.   Posted: 02/01/2021 09:46:01

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
A very dramatic, yet minimal in subject matter. Can you explain exactly what this is: "Image has a two pixel white stroke and a very light grey frame".

Thank you.   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:56:13
M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Thank you Lance. You are correct. The image had a two pixel stroke followed by a four pixel darker stroke and very light grey frame. Note it is not white, but very close. I understand it would be apt to state off white rather than light grey. I agree with you. Sorry for my late response. As I work in the hospital it has been hectic and couldnt find time to check. Good light to you Lance.   Posted: 02/13/2021 23:42:06

Steve Knight   Steve Knight
WOW.   Posted: 02/04/2021 19:58:16

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
(Groups 3 & 50)
WOW is right! Very inspiring. I would never have thought to frame it in white, but doing so really sets off the image. I would love to see your original and know a little more about your editing process. Love it!   Posted: 02/05/2021 13:36:03
M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Thank you Michael. I will post the original today eve after work along with the detail editing (please note it is not elaborative but just few standard steps that I take for most of these kind of images. It is my mistake I did not attach the original capture in my email to Dave. Good light to you Michael.   Posted: 02/14/2021 00:27:56

Larry Crook   Larry Crook
What a great image! There is a lot of mystery here - size? location? What is that white thing in the middle? How big are those plants/trees that add so much to the image? It it weren't for them the composition would be weak, but with them - Wow!

I'm not a big fan of the frame, but if it is printed it may look great. And it definitely belongs on your wall.
  Posted: 02/06/2021 16:02:15
M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Thanks Larry. The white part you are indicating is the play of light and shadow. There is a fold in the dune at that position. The plant is approx 3 feet in height. Indeed the frame here was added just to give the look of how it would appear printed. But I agree for digital purposes it is not required. Good light to you Larry.   Posted: 02/14/2021 01:06:22

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
Another Gold medal image for the circuit, Magic.
Print it large, good quality black frame with white surround and mounted on the wall. Perfect.
Question, how did you put that piece of grass in there without leaving any foot prints. lol   Posted: 02/08/2021 07:37:10
M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Thanks Paul. You are kind. Indeed it is a panel that will be printed. The subject is at a distance and untouched! I always have the challenge of avoiding foot prints as well as buggy tracks! Good light to you Paul.   Posted: 02/14/2021 01:08:53

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Outstanding work of this Fine Art Image. This is a keeper for any gallery and wall to hang. Composition, good light and textures is truly a great image. Bravo! Jerry   Posted: 02/12/2021 09:34:05

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Editing steps;
Square crop to harmonize. when shooting I placed the plant in the center to ensure good sharpness. I visualized that it will not be in the center of composition as only a square will be used leaving the most of either side out. The image was first processed in RAW, where the highlights scale was pushed to left to ensure they are not washed out. The blacks also were controlled so that they do not become muddy. Clarity slider was used slightly pushing it to the right to give it ample contrast. The Fx or effects tab was used to get in some vignetting. Then it was opened in Adobe photoshop. The easy conversion of direct black and white was used. The red and yellow were fine tuned to give it the right amount of contrast. Levels and curves combination was used to ensure the image had punch. The sky was slightly burnt using the burn tool with hardness zero but midtone 10%. These were the editing steps taken for the image. I am attaching the original capture, which I missed attaching when submitting to Dave.   Posted: 02/15/2021 02:11:43
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David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
A very strong image, I almost like this one better than the B&W.   Posted: 02/15/2021 09:28:29
M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Thank you Dave.   Posted: 02/15/2021 12:40:27

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
We immediately recognize your (beautiful) style of picture. The colors are very beautiful on the color version, but the B&W in a square format is just great. It has the beauty of the simplicity and the "perfection".
The small tree brings a lot (the subject) at the image. Good idea to put it in the center for the sharpness when you took the picture. After, you had to crop it to improved the composition with this tree, what you perfectly did.
The camera Nikon D850 allows you to take picture in a square format. I tried it once (just to take one picture) and it completely changes your point of view. I found it great. There are pictures, as this one, which are for square format.   Posted: 02/15/2021 09:40:20
M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Vincent, I didn't know about this. Thank you. I like the square format a lot and always dreamt of a Hasselblad! I have been using my workhorse Canon 5DMk2 from 10 years and probably it is the comfort factor.   Posted: 02/15/2021 12:38:43


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