Ed Ries  

Fallen Soldier by Ed Ries

June 2021 - Fallen Soldier

About the Image(s)

Title, "Fallen Soldier". I spotted the subject while walking along a trail. Normally it wouldn't have caught my attention, but the sunlight was spotlighting this palm frond amongst the grass. I liked the lighting and textures.

Image made with a Canon Power Shot G9, Mark ll; ISO 400; f11, 1/320, 17.2 mm FL. Color image processed in Nik Color Effect Pro, Pro contrast, and Detail Extractor. Converted to B&W with SEP. Applied a masked levels layer and some additional dodging. A vignette was applied, and the final image sharpened with a high pass filter layer.

6 comments posted

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Very well done Ed. It reminds me of the work done by Ansel Adams and his friends early in the days of the F64 photographers. The palm frond really dominates the image.   Posted: 06/13/2021 17:40:20

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Ed: To my eye, the light is the story of your image. Most people would have walked right by...but, your photographer's eye saw the difference light makes an a relatively ordinary subject. Good job!   Posted: 06/13/2021 19:00:22

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ed - this image is all about light plus shape and form. I agree with Michael re. the Ansel Adam's touch!   Posted: 06/14/2021 05:15:59

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ed
As already said many would just have walked past this,great spot and very well captured the frond is beautifully detailed as are the darker grasses in the background,an added bonus is the curves and the swirls in the picture and so suits monochrome great image.   Posted: 06/15/2021 16:19:32

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Ed, I must admit, I too would have walked past. You have done a wonderful job processing the image.   Posted: 06/15/2021 18:24:57

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ed, an excellent image. Very well seen. Superbly captured and processed.

This is not one that I would walk past but is just the sort of thing I like to attempt.
Sometimes successfully sometimes not, rarely as well as this.

Interestingly Ansel Adams is not the photographer that comes to my mind, instead it brings to mind Freeman Patterson.

Perhaps I should carry a palm frond in my bag and drop it in suitable locations!   Posted: 06/16/2021 07:59:13


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