Brenda Frezeman  


Curves and Contrasts by Brenda Frezeman

February 2021 - Curves and Contrasts

About the Image(s)

I went back to my black and white roots for this month’s image. I really like the strong contrasts, curves, and mystery of the image. It’s not readily apparent what it is - sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park in southwestern Colorado. (Who would think that Colorado has the largest sand dunes in the United States?) After basic processing in Lightroom, I used Nik SilverEfex for the monochrome conversion.


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




Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Brenda, I did get the impression of sand dunes, thinking first that you were not in Colorado. Nice study of curves and contrasts. You successfully created mystery. One small part bothers me because it strays from the flow. It's the jagged black piece and the pointed sharp white below it. I enjoyed viewing and wondered after the fact if you encountered whales.   Posted: 02/08/2021 18:42:26
Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Oh, I see the area you mean. I'll work on that a little. Thanks.   Posted: 02/08/2021 21:27:41



Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Nice. I tried sand dunes last winter in Death Velley.
Was it windy? I don't see any of the sand ripple I was expecting.   Posted: 02/08/2021 20:26:08
Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
I've been there when the wind was blowing like crazy, but this time was very calm. It was a nice change, though I do like the ripples.   Posted: 02/08/2021 21:26:17



Miriam Power   Miriam Power
Really like this image. Reminds me of some bodyscapes. I'd just smooth out the 'thorn' on the middle left side   Posted: 02/09/2021 04:14:32



MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan   MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan
Amazing. Love it   Posted: 02/10/2021 13:22:21



Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
This is really lovely. The forms work so well together as a black and white. I'm thinking that seeing a bit more of the values might be interesting as well, so i played with it in lightroom and cropped it.... Just another part of your story. It is a wonderful image no how you look at it. This is just one of the many stories within a grand image.   Posted: 02/16/2021 11:16:35
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Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Great idea, thanks! I like that version, too.
  Posted: 02/16/2021 11:20:19



Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Gorgeous, Brenda. I've always wanted to photograph sand dunes like this, but will likely not get the chance. Your image has a nice ebb and flow with the play of light and dark. I do agree about the jagged area on the left, so healed that out in this rendition:   Posted: 02/20/2021 14:10:32
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Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Perfect, thanks! That eliminates the distraction.   Posted: 02/20/2021 14:17:10