Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA  



June 2021 - Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA


About the Image(s)

I wanted to convey a peaceful scene in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The scene had a lot of contrast, so I opted to put my converted Nikon D300 onto a tripod and take a 5-frame sequence. I merged these in PhotoMatix Pro and selected a Paintery5 preset. Converted to full monochrome in Nik and adjusted Levels for a black/white point. The only other post-work consisted of selecting a section of the stream, feathering the edges of it, and applying a slight Motion Blur filter in Photoshop CC. I completed the image by using Detail Extractor and Darken/Lighten edges in Nik Color Efex Pro.

6 comments posted

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi Gary. As soon as I saw your picture, I thought of my experiences in the Smokies. I was lucky with some misty mornings and soft light. Excellent use of the in-camera and post techniques to control the high contrast. Beautiful scene and picture.   Posted: 06/02/2021 18:40:27

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
You always come up with something special each week, and this scene is no exception. Its beautifully taken and rendered. And, its that slight motion blur that adds to the drama. Top marks!   Posted: 06/03/2021 00:48:56

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, I really like this image. You must have got your feet wet taking it, which was the price paid to have the steam serve as a strong leading line and compositional element. The merge of the 5 images rendered exceptional detail, yet smoothed out the flowing water and permitted use of the blur tool. High marks sir!   Posted: 06/04/2021 15:11:57

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Your composition of a very simple scene has indeed produced the peaceful mood you were after, Gary. Absolutely nothing distracts, it's put together like a pro.   Posted: 06/05/2021 12:25:18

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Gary, Your added motion is brilliant. Exactly the right image to use. You have captured the Smokies really well, and the effort you put into processing was worth it. Dare I say it - maybe a tiny bit more contrast is needed!   Posted: 06/09/2021 10:35:23

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

The histogram on your finished image must go edge to edge. The dark tree trunks against the light foliage which frame the near black stream is perfect. The stream ripples slightly until you get to a little patch of white water in the foreground. Simply exquisite detail and contrast.

Emil   Posted: 06/12/2021 13:18:24


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