Mary Ann Carrasco  

Untitled by Mary Ann Carrasco

October 2021 - Untitled

October 2021 - Mary Ann Carrasco


About the Image(s)

I took this photograph a couple weeks ago on the Northern CA coast. It was an overcast day so I decided to use the opportunity to practice with monochrome in the editing process. I use Photoshop/Camera Raw and for this I used the Silver Ex Pro in the Nik collection.
Camera Settings: Nikon D500; 1/2000; f/5; 18mm; ISO 100
I look forward to comments and suggestions.

6 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Welcome to the group! You have a very nice scene and I like you panoramic vertical crop very much. You have placed the horizon in a good spot compositionaly and you have caugh the focal point wave at a good time in the action. For my taste, the overall exposure is too dark and the details on the rocks don't show. I took it into Camera Raw and opened the shadows.   Posted: 10/11/2021 12:24:45
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Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Cindy, thank you for your comments and edits. Your version really does show the detail in the rocks.   Posted: 10/15/2021 18:15:47

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Yes, welcome, Mary Ann.
I agree with all that Cindy said, except that I like the dark exposure for its moodiness. I also think that just a small increase in the luminance in the shadows would bring out more detail in the rocks. Perhaps a little more contrast or texture in the clouds would also contribute to the atmosphere. I prefer your BW version - you have achieved a lovely tonal range in the monochrome.   Posted: 10/11/2021 16:29:25
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Lorna, thank you for your comments. I like the idea of adding some contrast or texture to the clouds and some detail in the rocks.   Posted: 10/15/2021 18:17:06

Kerry Koenig
Hello Mary Ann. Welcome! :) I like both images. I like the original for it's capture of the beautiful sea blues and greens and well as some rich browns. Your choice of the panoramic cropping for your black and white is really beautiful and makes it a stronger more intense image. I feel the crashing of the wave and the rigidity and sharpness of the rocks. Opening up the details slightly in the rocks would only add to your photo.   Posted: 10/15/2021 13:17:46
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Kerry, thank you for your thoughts. I might have to go back and do some work on the original in color!   Posted: 10/15/2021 18:18:08


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