Fred Doerfler, QPSA, JPSA Editorial Bronze Star  


Alone in Utah by Fred Doerfler, QPSA, JPSA Editorial Bronze Star

March 2020 - Alone in Utah

About the Image(s)

Image taken in Utah during the PSA conference 2018. I like the simplicity in monochrome. Although, I am no confident of working in monochrome. Any advice?"


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6 comments posted

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
Generally, plain skies are to be avoided, but I this case I think it contributes to the loneliness of the horse. I just suggest applying clarity first to the hills and possibly to the entire image.i assume you're histogram has a big hump in the middle. So, applying contrast may help too. Just experiment to your taste.   Posted: 03/15/2020 15:38:09

Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
Excellent composition! I agree with Jerry - clear blue skies may look great in a color photo, but they do turn a featureless grey in a monochrome photo. You could replace the sky with one with clouds, but this would disqualify it for most nature photos and you don't want to detract attention from the horse. I did add clouds and adjusted sliders a tad to bring up the shadows.   Posted: 03/16/2020 15:27:53
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Fred Doerfler   Fred Doerfler
I agree with the sky. the clouds would make it a stronger contender. Regarding the shadows, i lightened them up, especially the horse but i am always uncertain how far to go. I will work on it some more. thanks   Posted: 03/16/2020 19:44:02

Graham Fisher   Graham Fisher
Another nice image Fred. I agree clouds would be nicer but then it's not as real. I think increasing contrast is the most important for a B&W image.
The image and title made me think though. I wonder if horses experience a feeling of loneliness. Poor fella might have been really scared. From this point of view, evoking emotion in the viewer, I think it's a great image as presented.   Posted: 03/23/2020 00:42:26

Cora Rosenhaft   Cora Rosenhaft
I like this one. In a perfect world, the sky would be more interesting, but we can't always get what we want. I find it hard for my eyes to focus on the horse. They keep being drawn away to the mountain. I don't have the same problem with Al's edit though so bringing up the shadows or adding contrast may help with that.   Posted: 03/30/2020 13:58:15

Fred Doerfler   Fred Doerfler
all great comments, thanks   Posted: 03/30/2020 19:21:13