Michael Nath  

Newton Reservoir by Michael Nath

September 2021 - Newton Reservoir

About the Image(s)

The image was taken with a digital camera converted to infrared of the reservoir in Newton, Utah. The technical data is 1/250 s , F9.5 , ISO = 100 using a 28-55mm lens set at 33mm. The RAW file was converted to a B&W *.tiff file in Photoshop followed by enhancement of the tones and adding a sepia adjustment using NIK SEP2. This was followed by output sharpening with the NIK sharpener before reducing the file size before submitting the image for the group to evaluate. The main challenge for me was to retain texture in the darker water and in the billowing clouds without clipping at either extreme.

10 comments posted

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Michael - another impressive cloudscape with just enough tonal separation between the clouds and the trees. The texture in the water has been nicely retained. The slight sepia toning masks the otherwise harshness of a contrasty IR. I might have considered cropping off about half of the plain black sky at the top.

BTW - It has always been my understanding that an image should be sharpened at it's final size rather than prior to resizing and/or change in dpi.   Posted: 09/10/2021 09:31:48

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Peter, I appreciate your input. I agree that images are sharpened at their final size is the correct methodology. This image and all the others I have submitted have been sharpened at their final size that I print them at (usually 13"x 19"). I then reduce the image size, resolution, and bit depth prior to compression to meet the 1Mb file size limitation of a *.jpg file before submission. In my opinion this lowers the amount of image degradation that occurs and prevents accentuating the artifacts by the process of sharpening.   Posted: 09/10/2021 10:17:16

Ed Ries
Michael, beautiful image. I would like to be able to see the water in the lower part of the image. There seems to be some detail available in the water. Great sky and tree line.   Posted: 09/11/2021 16:44:48
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Ed, I appreciate it.   Posted: 09/12/2021 16:24:06

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Michael an intriguing treatment which I feel has enhanced the image.

I understand where Peter is coming from re the sky but, for me, the top of the sky seems to balance nicely with the water.   Posted: 09/12/2021 14:13:20
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you John and you described perfectly the balance that I was trying to achieve between the sky and the water.   Posted: 09/12/2021 16:27:29

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Michael
I love the contrast in this image the dark upper and lower sections sandwiching the brighter central area which really appeals to me, wonderful detail throughout especially the definition in the clouds and you have done so well not to blow out the highlights.One to be proud of.   Posted: 09/13/2021 16:34:19
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Ian for the compliments, I really appreciate it.   Posted: 09/14/2021 10:01:08

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Very well done Michael. I really like the toning. With regards to the suggested crop, I believe it would enhance your image.   Posted: 09/17/2021 17:33:08
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Paul, I appreciate your input.   Posted: 09/18/2021 09:42:40


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