Mike Cohen  

Marineland in Black and White by Mike Cohen

December 2019 - Marineland in Black and White

About the Image(s)

This is an image taken at Marineland, Florida, a coastal beach in northeast
central Florida. There was no color that morning, so I processed the image
for black and white. I did quite a lot of processing, first adjusting
sliders in Lightroom, then using NIK's Silver Effex Pro 2, and Effects which
I dodged and burned into various places. I accidently added the border in
NIK and liked how it looked. Taken with my Sony7Riii and Sony 24-70, 1/4
second, f/13, 70mm, ISO 100.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I looked at this several times, and my interest went around the whole image. You made a good decision to use monochrome for it. I think the overall image needs a bit more clarity or dehazing. For me it is a bit soft.
Where were you in relation to the spot? It looks dangerous.
  Posted: 12/06/2019 14:24:19

John Roach   John Roach
(Group 64)
Beautiful monochrome image. It has powerful feeling of natures beauty. I would not change a thing.   Posted: 12/14/2019 11:30:18

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
To me this image is well-composed. I hope you re ready for different suggestion: I would boost the contrast a bit and add a little radiance. I am curious if you used one of the recipes in Silver Efex or if you went with the default.   Posted: 12/17/2019 15:08:13
Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Thanks everyone. Sharon, I think I used one of the recipes in Silver Efex but I'm not sure. Is radiance one of the sliders in that app or are you referring to something else?

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!   Posted: 12/17/2019 18:29:29
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Hi Mike...Welcome back to the USA. Let me explain a little more where I am coming from with my suggestion. Last month I had the honor to be a judge for the monochrome section of the S4C International Exhibition. I was amazed by the quality of the top scoring monochrome images and resolved to try to make my own monochomes meet that standard. I don't have any exhibition results yet, so can't say for sure if I am on the right track.
I like the Radience filter in the Glow section of On One. There is a similar effect in Topaz Studio2. If you don't have either of those you might want to try Reflector Effects in Color Efex Pro. It lets you control the intensity and direction of the light. I think this is a fine image but thought it might be even better with a little bit of "zing" added.   Posted: 12/18/2019 10:38:13
Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Thanks Sharon. You've given me something to play with. Have a wonderful holiday, Mike   Posted: 12/18/2019 16:04:40

Tom Brott   Tom Brott
You made a good choice in the monochrome. I can feel the power of the surf. My only nit pic and I'm not sure anything can be done is half way up about 1/3 of the way in on the left side there appears to be a ghost like bubble. First thing that caught my eye and feel it is distracting. I also agree with Sharon and her words of a bit more ZING.   Posted: 12/18/2019 15:39:05

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
I too noticed the "ghost" of which Tom spoke. To me it appears to be the ghost of a dolphin heading to the right and smiling. I like it and would leave it. I have always been uneasy around large bodies of water. This powerful image elicits a feeling of near panic in me. WONDERFUL!!!   Posted: 12/26/2019 19:28:15