Helen Warnod  

Yuangyang fog by Helen Warnod

April 2021 - Yuangyang fog

April 2021 - Helen Warnod


About the Image(s)

Gear: FUJIFILM Pinepix S5900, 33mm

Details: ISO 80, f 1/4, Speed 20 sec

I selected a 2009 image that I took in Southern China. I went out very early to capture the rice paddiies in the fog. I loved the rhythm in the field, and thought to convert to mono using Gradient Map in Photoshop.

I realise that the quality of the image is far from my new cameras, but wondered if there is a way to make this look a little better?

Comments for improvement very welcome.

12 comments posted

Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Very neat photo - like the monochrome for this one. might crop out the pieces of tree sneaking in on the left border. I love how the landscape fades out in the background with the fog. Woudl also see how it might look with a bit more contrast in the mid portion of the image?   Posted: 04/02/2021 18:15:04
Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
Hi Mitch! Thanks for your rapid feedback. I have had a shot at your suggestion. What do you think?   Posted: 04/03/2021 02:04:43
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Revised version is really great! The lines are even more intriguing!   Posted: 04/05/2021 19:45:33

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Helen, what a cool place! I like Mitch's ideas. Do you have your SOOC pic for us to look at? Fantastic lines!   Posted: 04/02/2021 20:52:58
Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
Hi Brenda. I sent two images attached to my first email. I have resent the email with attached photos. Hope it all arrives this time!   Posted: 04/03/2021 02:06:29
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Reloaded, Helen! Thanks!   Posted: 04/03/2021 08:54:18

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Good travel photo, very busy image and not easy to process, you have done a good job in post processing, your posted Image in replay to Mitch looks much better.   Posted: 04/03/2021 21:53:46

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Helen, I really like your revised image as I also felt the original mono needed a little more contrast. Great shot.   Posted: 04/05/2021 19:44:21

Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
Thanks guys! I appreciate the great advice and support.
I'll see how we it fares in a competition.   Posted: 04/05/2021 20:52:50

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Hi Helen, more contrast has helped the image but have you thought about putting a gradient mask on the contrast layer so as to leave the distance so lovely and soft?

To be different I also preferred the original Blue version as it screams cold morning to me. Good luck in the competition.

  Posted: 04/07/2021 10:07:41

Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
This image has so many great lines, shapes and patterns.

I think one of the main issues is that it is underexposed. I like your updated (to Mitch) crop and added contrast, but still seems a bit dull due to the exposure.

Here is a quick LR edit where I cropped, bumped exposure by +1.5 stops, converted to B&W using LR's "Black and White treatment" (aka just the generic color to B&W with no additional filters), added some texture and then brought the blacks slider way down to emphasize the lines and shapes.

You can also play with the "Dehaze" slider to add more foggy to the image or bring it back if your edits start to remove that foggy look.   Posted: 04/07/2021 11:19:59
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Brilliant edit, Jason! The four dark lines in the front and dark trees completely change the look of it--we see everything close up and then it disappears. You are on fire today!   Posted: 04/07/2021 17:27:46


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