Jack Florence Jr  

Desert Shrub by Jack Florence Jr

May 2020 - Desert Shrub

May 2020 - Jack Florence Jr


About the Image(s)

I took this image on the sand dunes of Death Valley at sunset, and I often don't convert images with such beautiful light to black and white. In this case, I think there's still some interest in the black and white version, with the shadows and lines and shapes etc. I am curious as to which you might prefer.

f16 1/60 28mm prime

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8 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)
After reading your write up here is my take on the image.

I like the overall composition but the color is my preference because the color shows more drama. This is because the b/w version, at for me is simply to grey. A strong B/W image should have clear sharp blacks and white.. Your conversion image feels mostly grey.

Just my 2 cents. I'd like to hear your thoughts.   Posted: 05/18/2020 13:03:57
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks Larry I agree about true blacks and whites, but find sand particularly difficult due to it being so monochromatic usually. Here, at least the bush is white, and the edge of the mud formations is black, but I hesitate to add too much contrast to the image overall. Maybe a bit though.   Posted: 05/24/2020 18:43:31

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
I actually prefer you B&W conversion to the colour Jack: I prefer the emphasis on the detail in the sand, which is what a like most from the image.

I find the angle you took the shot from a bit confusing in terms of the viewer being able to understand the relative scale of shrub. I wonder if a crop from bottom and left as here focusses attention more onto the sand detail?   Posted: 05/23/2020 13:09:58
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I agree your crop improves the image, thanks Adrian!   Posted: 05/24/2020 19:01:33

Don Crow   Don Crow
I like the stronger shadow in the color shot. Maybe a little more contrast would help. My biggest problem is the dried mud seems to create a second image and compete with the upper 2/3 of the image. However the cracks in the mud create lines leading to the bush.
Nice shot.   Posted: 05/23/2020 13:10:51

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
This is one of the few times I find that I do prefer the color version to the monochrome version. I find the texture and the lines of the image intriguing, but it is very heavy on neutral tonality, at least to my eye.

I do prefer Adrian's crop a little better. While I find the bush and the shadows to be interesting, I find them fighting for my attention with the rock ledge even with the sand lines leading my eye to the bush and shadows.

I do find the clarity and texture of the image presented well, along with a good contrast to bring out the definition of all parts of the image so to my eye your post processing was effective.

Thank you for sharing it with us.   Posted: 05/23/2020 21:34:20

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
I really like the lines of the sand running vertically through the sunlight and shadows of the bush. The golden light of the original image is lovely and seems, to my eye, to need the rocks at the bottom of the image, whereas I feel the monochrome one needs more of a crop at the bottom. The bush and shadow is the main focus for me. Thanks for a great image, John   Posted: 05/25/2020 15:44:44

John Erve   John Erve

For this view I think my preference is for the colored image probably because I can enjoy the warm colors and the nice lighting of the day that you captured. For me the monochrome has the bright rocks at the edge which draws my attention there although I think the focus of interest is the brush in the sand so this creates some conflict in my mind. Thanks for sharing this one.
  Posted: 05/30/2020 15:18:35