Charles Walker  

Distant Ice Cap by Charles Walker

November 2021 - Distant Ice Cap

November 2021 - Charles Walker


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Sitting in the backseat of an SUV going 100K an hour on Route 1 in Iceland, I snapped this photo. The driver was disinclined to stop. Nonetheless, it came out fairly sharp and somewhat decently composed. In PS 2021, I increased clarity, lighten the shadows, converted it to black & white and cropped it. Camera data: Nikon D7000 (590nm filter), f/10, 1/640, 24mm, ISO=320

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8 comments posted

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi Charles. This is very sharp, especially being taken from a moving car. I think that the foreground in the original picture looks great without the cropping. You high-contrast conversion enhanced the textures but lost some of the larger patterns in the foreground. Overall, a beautiful IR landscape picture.   Posted: 11/02/2021 19:35:25
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Yes, for reasons only Freud could explain, I have a tendency to crop foreground too tightly and underplay adjunct subjects in images. What you suggest would improve the image. Thanks.   Posted: 11/03/2021 21:13:56

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hello Charles,

Given the conditions, this is astounding! I like it without knowing about the movement, but it sure adds to the 'story'. I'm not sure that IR per se added much to this as it may have been fine captured in color and converted to pure B&W. In any case, a fine landscape taken "on the fly"!   Posted: 11/03/2021 19:02:53
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, you raise an essential question, "what subject matter benefits most from IR?" And the IR filters that allow some color further blur the line between IR and normal light photography. I like what IR does to folige and the way it renders differences in tonality in the gray to black range. However, my hand still does not instinctly know when and when not to pick up the IR camera.   Posted: 11/03/2021 21:35:12

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I can see why Gary likes this Charles, great contrast! I agree with Aria on the crop, you had some nice foreground there. I'm often tempted to crop too close, too, sometimes I just need to step back and give it some time. In addition to the elements of interest, there's the "space" factor. I've no other suggestions for improvement, nice job.   Posted: 11/04/2021 21:32:44

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Charles
"WOW"! Another landscape that you've captured and presented so well. Full marks for its sharpness since you captured it from a moving vehicle. Also, I don't mind the close crop.   Posted: 11/05/2021 22:08:01

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Chuck, Keep these wonderful Iceland images coming. I have been fascinated. I am slightly in awe that this was shot from a moving vehicle. I think that you have lost a great lead in with you crop. I would include more at the bottom and crop out some of the sky. Well done on the processing. The tones are fabulous.   Posted: 11/09/2021 15:46:30

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I love the shot.

I am with Arik in that there is so much in the foreground to enhance that my crop was at the top. There are features both water and ground that lead you into your shot.

See what you think...


  Posted: 11/11/2021 12:04:41
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