Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA  

Teapot of Sedona by Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA

January 2022 - Teapot of Sedona

About the Image(s)

Shot from the Sedona Airport overlook at sunset with an Olympus E-M1 Mrk II and 12 - 100 f/4 lens at ISO 800, 75mm, f/8.0, 1/160 sec. Processed in Lightroom Basic Panel and converted in Silver Efex with groups of control points on the sky and various areas of the rocks. Noise reduction with a sky selection in Lightroom and the noise slider all the way to the right.

9 comments posted

Don York   Don York
The rocks look great with lots of detail. However, I think this is an ideal shot for a sky replacement. The dark sliver of black against a white background doesn't work for me.
The amount of white sky consumes a large portion of the image. The sky in top of image looks great.   Posted: 01/08/2022 12:31:51

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Not familiar with the area, I didn't realize at first that the geometric bits were buildings telling me how large the formations are. Wonderful sharp detail of the layers and striations. Makes me want to go there. Good in mono, but I'd like to see the color. . . Sedona, so red, I presume. Which is the teapot, the mound in front?   Posted: 01/08/2022 17:44:16
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I almost did this when I posted, but was in a hurry, attached is the color version that was used for the mono conversion. The lighter area at the top of the image seemed distracting in the mono and was cropped. I believe also a minor crop from the right and bottom. Some lighter areas removed that were not needed.   Posted: 01/11/2022 12:43:44
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John Roach   John Roach
Wonderful monochrome and your sunset image is wonderful, too. When I was there I captured images in early morning just after sunrise. I think you captured the color version the best. I like the monochrome, but think the sky works more favorable in color. So perhaps some selective sky tonal adjustments might add to the image.   Posted: 01/11/2022 17:14:13

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
You captured the textures on the massive rock formation nicely. The tones of the sunlit rocks are very similar to the tones in the shadowed rocks. I would like to have seen more distinction between the two areas.   Posted: 01/12/2022 01:08:35

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
You guys are lucky to have such photogenic landscapes over there!

I also think the colour version is the more interesting as it stands. The four main rock formations stand out well in the colour, but their distinction from the background is less clear on the mono, ;eaving it a bit flat. I'd agree with Don, the sky doesn't seem to fit or to complement the scene, and a sky replacement would probably add to the picture.   Posted: 01/12/2022 03:34:10
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
The landscape opportunities here in Arizona and many of the western states are virtually unlimited. I sometimes wish I was younger to be able to hike into the more remote places.   Posted: 01/12/2022 12:51:43
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
You and me together! Despite living in a country under 800 miles long, there are lots of places I've not been to here. Hopefully getting to Lands End in Cornwall will occur this year - it was planned for last year, but covid put paid to that. I've driven right round Scotland, but there is lots of it I've not seen. One day we will load our motorhome (RV) onto a ferry and spend a long holiday in the USA. But places are so far apart!!   Posted: 01/12/2022 15:22:09

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I like how you captured the detail and momentous feeling of the rocks. The streak in the sky is bothersome to me though.   Posted: 01/14/2022 03:10:42


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