Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA  

Irish Hillside by Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA

December 2019 - Irish Hillside

December 2019 - Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA


About the Image(s)

This was taken on our last trip to Southern Ireland, very near the coastal city of Kinsale. It was a sunny Saturday morning, sun high in the sky. Thus it seemed a perfect time for IR. I chose this composition to share as it is the full frame on the D300 DX format. I used my trusty 18-70 lens at 50mm, f11, 1/125th second exposure at ISO 400. Original converted with Silver Efex Pro and tonal contrast. I set the Levels for a pure black and white, and that was it save for a bit of noise softening. I look forward to your comments as always.

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7 comments posted

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
This image is nearly three dimensional. The depth of field includes the grass in the foreground and the distant trees. The darkened cross announces the location and sets the emotional tone of the image. Cemeteries have a lot of potential for powerful IR images. This is one of them.   Posted: 12/05/2019 11:37:16
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thank you Charles.   Posted: 12/06/2019 12:30:34

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Nicely composed image. The dark cross in the foreground grass field grabs my eye immediately. The interesting thing I noted was my eye then went to the tombstone behind it, to the bush, to the treelike behind it leading me all the way into the shot.

I like it

Emil   Posted: 12/06/2019 12:26:57
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thank you Emil.   Posted: 12/06/2019 12:30:48

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Though at first I was tempted to call for a tighter crop, like Emil and Charles, I like the way my eye zigzags back into the image, it's very effective! Vertical landscapes can be hard to pull off, not just the composition, but maintaining focus throughout. I've ended up with foreground blur on some, and I like that you paid attention to that, it's sharp throughout, well done Gary.   Posted: 12/10/2019 14:46:11

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Gary, you have really achieved wonderful depth of field. I like to use a foreground objects in a scenic pictures and this seems perfect. There is a story here and you have told it. My eye keeps going back and forth enjoying it all.
(You do have a sensor dust spot just above the last field line on the left)   Posted: 12/15/2019 12:54:00

Ernie Brana   Ernie Brana
Hi Gary, really enjoy an image with detail and focus on the foreground, middle ground and background. There seems to be item of interest in each section. The hero of the shot is the cross in the foreground with the place and story being reinforced by the tombstones and burial markers behind it. The hills and tree line on the background keep building on the layers and providing further context. Thank you for sharing. Cheers!
  Posted: 12/19/2019 09:02:45