Allen Tucker  


Geology Lesson by Allen Tucker

October 2021 - Geology Lesson

October 2021 - Allen Tucker

Original

October 2021 - Allen Tucker

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Reprocessing a photo from a 2007 raft trip through the Grand Canyon. Then I wanted to capture size and colors. Canon 30D, 24-105mm lens at 24mm, f/11, iso 200, 1/25s (! photographer error). This time my goal is surface textures and the story they reveal: the horizontally bedded layers on the left, the vertically folded layers on the right, and the channel cut by the river where these two formation rub against the other as tectonic forces lift the whole plateau over the past 6 million years.

Original 1 is my 2007 processing in early Lightroom. Original 2 is reprocessing the original dng file in DXO Pure Raw and Topaz Sharpen (motion). B&W conversion with LR profile BW06 gave best detail throughout highlights and shadows.

Suggestions?


10 comments posted




Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Wow, what an outstanding image. I have a slight preference for the color 2 version. But, I also like the mono version a lot and have just a minor recommendation which is to lighten the dark areas of those in the raft and especially the hats to make them stand out more from the background.   Posted: 10/05/2021 07:12:15
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
A 16x24 canvas wrap of the color version is on a wall. As always I enjoy working on a mono treatment and shall take your advice on tones in the raft.   Posted: 10/05/2021 14:25:14



Henry Peterman   Henry Peterman
Really a great image. My only comment is that my eye was somewhat drawn to the light areas in the rocks. I used the Adjustment Brush to darken those areas and a second Adjustment Brush to lighten the raft and the hats.   Posted: 10/05/2021 12:21:46
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Your adjusted version did not get attached.   Posted: 10/05/2021 14:27:05



Henry Peterman   Henry Peterman
Really a great image. My only comment is that my eye was somewhat drawn to the light areas in the rocks. I used the Adjustment Brush to darken those areas and a second Adjustment Brush to lighten the raft and the hats.   Posted: 10/05/2021 12:21:47
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Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
The highlight area was the only part of the scene in direct sunlight.   Posted: 10/11/2021 22:14:16



Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
I like original 2 as a terrific documentary photo of the experience. I like your monochromatic treatment as fine art (if that's not too pretentious to say). It has a lot more depth and detail when you take away the distraction of color. I do agree with Henry's darkening of the upper wall area.   Posted: 10/11/2021 17:40:26
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Thanks for the "fine art" compliment. Colors were part of the aesthetic visual experience being there, removing them helps bring out the story recorded in the layers.   Posted: 10/11/2021 22:10:05



Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hello, Allen! Well, the 1/25sec really kept details and clarity to a minimum, thus you have a lovely scene here and impressed with the re-processed no.2 version that brings back some (but very little ) clarity in the upper mountain walls. For sure Burning this area may help bring out more detail there, so will further cropping this 3x2 ratio to the point of exposing just a tiny portion of the "bright" area commented on by others.

Overall, yes, agreeing with Henry, a very artistic approach to an otherwise documentary like composition. Beautiful!
  Posted: 10/12/2021 13:41:02
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Thanks Lance. I always learn from your comments on our images.   Posted: 10/15/2021 15:52:47



 

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