Todd Paige  

Ancient Eyes by Todd Paige

August 2019 - Ancient Eyes

About the Image(s)

I thought I would share a work in Black and White this month. This was shot on a tripod as a focus stacked image, converted to black and white in photoshop with local adjustments in photoshop and Lightroom.

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10 comments posted

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
A very powerful and haunting image! It looks very much like a fine, infrared shot, with the characteristic dark sky, and lightly toned rocks. The image is particularly well titled. I wish you would share your shooting conditions and lens information, though.   Posted: 08/07/2019 09:53:10
Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Thanks Lamar, This was shot with a 24-70mm lens at 42 mm, 1/80 sec, f8, iso 100   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:16:28

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Todd, I think you make a right choice to make it Black and White. You smartly compose sharp rocks in front of soft misty background. I like your creativity to make outstanding foreground. My only suggestion is to remove a small protruding rocks in the middle of the image. I don't know why it always attracts my attention when enjoying the scene. Job well done Todd.   Posted: 08/10/2019 04:51:07
Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Frans, I agree, I did clone out the little rock and I think It made the ridge line look a lot cleaner.   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:18:18

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Marvelous job creating bits of petrified critters! Great texture and detail, shadows that really define and add depth and contour to the rocks and to have it set against the soft frilly sky is perfection. I too am drawn to that itty bitty distracting rock.   Posted: 08/10/2019 17:56:09
Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Judy, you and Frans ( and others outside of this forum) have all noticed that little rock so I did remove it and liked the result.   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:20:12

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
A fantastic and haunting composition as well as editing. Wonderful!
Was this on planet earth? Can you share the location and settings?   Posted: 08/11/2019 10:31:23
Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Thanks Pierre, This shot was taken in the Alabama Hills on the east side of the Sierra. It's an interesting area and I'm looking forward to returning next winter. Settings: 42 mm focal length with a 24-70 lens, 1/80 sec, f8, iso 100.   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:23:01

Glen Gilligan   Glen Gilligan
Hi Todd. This image for me has the WOW! factor. The hero in this shot is the sky with the streaky clouds and you have handled it extremely well. Your conversion to mono is great. I was a bit distracted by the little rock in the centre so cloned it out. As the clouds are the main focal point I have cropped off the bottom. Maybe you won't agree. A personal choice. A wonderful image with impact. Cheers Glenn   Posted: 08/16/2019 04:29:17
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Kathryn Engle
This is beautiful. I think it does well in b/w. No additional comments from the others. Good job.   Posted: 08/17/2019 22:38:25