Ruth Sprain  

Ice on Rocks by Ruth Sprain

July 2024 - Ice on Rocks

July 2024 - Ruth Sprain


About the Image(s)

I took this photo in February in Sedona while hiking on a cold morning. In a creek bed, water had frozen around the rocks forming ice crystals that were in beautiful shapes.

I used my Canon EOS R6 at f/5, 1/100, 58mm. In Lightroom and PhotoShop, I cropped, changed to monochrome, added contrast, and dodged and burned. I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

3 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi Ruth. To my eye, each of your images tells a different story. I see the original color photo to be a literal interpretation of what you saw and is beautiful in its own right. The color of the rocks play well against the ice and one can get a hint of color shining subtly through the thin layer. It definitely evokes Sedona in late winter.

Your "as presented" version's lack of color invites a more abstract interpretation and I would opine that it is unfair to the viewer to show both versions side by side, as it forces comparison. Thus, viewing them side by side gave me the impression that the featured image was simply a B&W version of the original rather than being something unique unto itself. This is not to say I don't like the B&W version!!! I do like it. But, because I couldn't un-see the color version I think perhaps I'm not able to appreciate it as much as you would have intended. For me, it also made commenting on the mono version more of a challenge.

So, I thought if I mashed it up a bit, I could look at it differently and appreciate its uniqueness. I hope my edit hasn't strayed too far from your intention.   Posted: 07/06/2024 22:50:14
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Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Michael, your version of the ice on rocks works too. I agree that the B&W allows the image to become more abstract. The reason I converted the photo to B&W is that monochrome was the monthly topic for our camera club competition. I find that with the right photo, B&W can make an image more dramatic. However, as you express, the original coloring of this photo is nice on its own too.   Posted: 07/11/2024 11:30:46

Andres Valdespino   Andres Valdespino
I like both the abstract nature of the monochrome as well as the more realistic appearing color shot. Nice job on both. When you cropped the monochrome you cut out most of a group of leaves which were interesting in the color shot but not needed in the monochrome. This did remind me of nature photography class I took once. The instructor told us to not just look up and ahead but occasionally look down. Well done.   Posted: 07/11/2024 15:04:25


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