Darlene Elwin  

End Of Summer by Darlene Elwin

July 2024 - End Of Summer

July 2024 - Darlene Elwin


About the Image(s)

In October I was exploring Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierras, California, and came across this idyllic scene. I thought it represented the end of summer. The empty boat was a good focus point with the rest of the lake and beautiful Sierra mountains behind it. I love the color version, but thought it might work in B&W, too. The treetops and mountains appear hazy from the prescribed burning that was going on.

Shot with my Olympus E-M5MarkII mirrorless “ f/16 at 1/50 “ ISO 200. Converted to B&W with Silver Efex. Further editing with Camera RAW to bring out highlights, shadows and textures. Curves were used for contrast and to tone down the top and bottom parts of the image. Curves again to highlight and add more contrast to the boat. Tony Kuyper’s TK9 program in the Actions panel, “Soft Pop” was the final edit. That action is for color images, but seemed to add a little more oomph.

4 comments posted

Christian Serre   Christian Serre
Very nice images with wonderful atmosphere. I like them a lot. The file is only 205K when downloaded so it's difficult to know how sharp the original is. (Have you submitted it in competition?) Great composition. No advice! I was on the fence about getting Tony Kuyper's plug-in. It's not the cost of the plug-in itself but the intellectual investment that made me not commit until now. He also has TK Magic Mixer Plugin for B&W.   Posted: 07/07/2024 15:51:36
Darlene Elwin   Darlene Elwin
Thanks, Christian. I didn't realize it ended up at 205k!!! Yes, the color version did well in competition but no ribbon at the Fair.
As far as the TK plug-ins, they are confusing to use. I think Dave Kelley has one or more (free) tutorials on using some features. I haven't decided about the the Magic Mixer. I DO love B&W.   Posted: 07/13/2024 00:05:24

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
A very peaceful image, Darlene. I think both the color and B&W versions work well, so it is hard to make a choice.

Thanks for you details on your editing process. I have both TK9 and Lumenzia by Greg Benz, which I find easier to use. I should use both of them more, but get caught-up just finishing the edit, rather than seeking perfection.

Great image!

  Posted: 07/07/2024 22:20:08
Darlene Elwin   Darlene Elwin
Thanks, Jim. I prefer the colored version.
Do you know how to use TK9 confidently? I've heard of Greg Benz, but not Lumenzia.

I like to finish editing AND go for near perfection!!! ;-)   Posted: 07/13/2024 00:08:53


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