Ham Hayes  

Mountain by Ham Hayes

June 2022 - Mountain

June 2022 - Ham Hayes


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Description: Taken in the pre-dawn light, my original image of Leah Pk feels flat and lifeless, compared to what I had really felt and experienced. The vision I had was of a brooding massif, supported by a vibrant forest. Processing included cropping, B&W conversion and de-hazing with DXO Photolab 5, then HDR tone compression using Nik Collection HDR Efex Pro 2 to get the detail, contrast and graininess desired for the mood. Shot with a D500, 18-200mm Nikkor, ISO 100, 15 sec exposure at f/22.

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6 comments posted

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Hi Ham,

I'm not sure I should be the first to comment, as I too am new to this group. Lake Malign and Jaspar are a terrific location (except for the mosquitoes.)
I enjoy the original image composition more than the cropped version. You may have lost the appearance of a level image, but that is just my feeling. I like the distinct layers in both images, but the detail in the B&W forests compete for my attention. The triangles are more pronounced in the original, and though the waterline is centered, for me it works better. I think that the HDR tone compression makes the B&W image flatter, and I would consider D&B back most of the layers.
You have a good image that I think could be made better. It is your vision though. I am attaching a tone mapping image of what you have. Our eyes are drawn first to the lightest areas, and then to the sharpest areas.
  Posted: 06/12/2022 13:53:20
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Bob Wills   Bob Wills
This is a more contrasty version for your consideration.   Posted: 06/12/2022 14:00:43
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Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Bob, thanks for your thoughtful observations and additional possibilities! I had to sit with the original for a while...searching for the feeling I remembered when I captured the image. The compression, contrast and exposure possibilities are many...all conceptually valid...and this was seemed a best fit to my feelings. Not to worry about being first. That happens only once.
Looking forward to future dialogs on B&W conversions.
Ham   Posted: 06/13/2022 23:44:28

RH Samarakone   RH Samarakone
Hi Ham

Interesting B&W conversion.

Personally I like to tonal variations in your original, and the reflections in the waters. I wonder if you had a picture taken in landscape format?

I have taken the liberty of doing a B&W conversion in ACR, with more contrast, and with a slightly different crop. Two things that compete for attention in the image are the reflection of the clouds at the bottom right, and the white object in the waters.

Sam   Posted: 06/13/2022 21:54:45
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Fred Giese   Fred Giese
Hi Ham,
Looks like a beautiful area to photograph in. I have to say that I too like the original image better. I think, because of the lack of true black or true white is the reason for the flat feeling.
  Posted: 06/14/2022 12:01:32
Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Fred, et al. Thanks for your observations. In looking at the histogram for this image, it looks like the tonal range is over compressed. I expanded that compression and increased the contrast a bit. The black point are the foreground trees and the white point is the snow field on the mountain. I really appreciate the feedback and detailed comments...they are definitely helping me see things I missed!   Posted: 06/20/2022 21:55:50
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