Karl Leck  

Mountain Mono by Karl Leck

January 2020 - Mountain Mono

January 2020 - Karl Leck


About the Image(s)

For January I offer a monochrome landscape taken in Patagonia last month. At the southern tip of South America, the wind blows constantly changing the clouds continuously. The handheld image was taken in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile with a Nikon Z7 camera. Then original capture is included for comparison. It was converted to black & white in Photoshop along with substantial midtone contrast increase plus some dodging and burning like we did in the darkroom. The final 16x20 was printed on Epson Exhibition Fiber paper to emulate the old double weight glossy silver halide paper.

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

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi Karl
Happy New Year! A very dramatic start! I was there last year and awestruck by the mountain landscapes in the area. Just stunning. Didn't allow myself enough time. This image does justice in black and white and I like the way the ridge moves to the swirl and then to the towers...a nice leading line. Is there any detail on the towers? Suspect there is and my monitor isn't doing the job. There's some lovely detail on the foreground rocks. Nice that you've introduced drama into the clouds. Lovely image.   Posted: 01/08/2020 17:10:30
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
There is detail on the towers on my monitor.   Posted: 01/21/2020 11:32:03

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Wonderful composition. You really captured the majesty and loneliness of this place. I get cold and exhausted and out of breath just imagining myself hiking there. The detail, contrast, and sky in the mono version are remarkable when compared to the original which looks very hazy. The edges of the mountains seem to have a halo. Is it the light, or could it be from processing? What lens did you use? I would love to see the print.   Posted: 01/08/2020 18:40:43

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
What a great photo. And congrats on your photo being used up front--the arrested for peace one. Great expression on her face and great capture on your part.

Did you use a telephoto lens? Or were you that close?

I have been to Chili and loved how you can be driving from the ocean for a brief while then be in vineyards and from there see the Andes.

You mention an original, which I would love to see if you'd post it.   Posted: 01/16/2020 18:48:57

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Wonderful shot, and good choices to go with mono. My first reaction was that the mountain in the back is centered as a subject. My second thought was that this might be a photo to break that composition rule, because of the way that the image is framed by mountains.

I love the textures and light, you have done a nice job of highlighting good points of interest in the photo.   Posted: 01/21/2020 11:34:49