Jack Florence Jr  

Deadwood Cemetery by Jack Florence Jr

November 2021 - Deadwood Cemetery

November 2021 - Jack Florence Jr


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Tis the Season for graveyard pics! What I liked about this image was the way the group of pines at right balances the group of broadleaf at left. Is the large tombstone front left too prominent? I’m learning new software this month, having finally migrated from Aperture, to Capture One, so any comments on exposure / processing appreciated. It’s always hard to darken a sky against bright IR trees, how does one handle the interface? Even if one masks the edge, trees are often see through. Tips from your experience appreciated.

F7.1 1/200 28mm prime Sony a7i

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9 comments posted

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi Jack. Beautiful work with the scene. The tones are perfect. I'm using Photoshop and ACR for my processing, so I can't offer any advice. I like what I see here and wouldn't change anything with the tones. I'm not sure why you cropped the bottom. I think the original is fine.   Posted: 11/02/2021 19:34:59

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Jack,

My first concern was the tight crop at the bottom. Also, for my eye, the large tombstone is unfortunately not your friend in this composition. I checked the Black Point in Levels, and you don't have a pure black anywhere in the scene...see if you agree. The concept and the balance of those two groups of trees is superb, but there's a couple of image issues wiping the gold off this one in my opinion.   Posted: 11/03/2021 19:00:05
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks, Gary, I agree. I found myself wondering just where to have a pure black, could be either the sky or tree trunks, I suppose. Harder to address will be that big tombstone up front...   Posted: 11/04/2021 11:00:47

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Jack
Considering all the pros and cons, you've done well in composing the graveyard. I couldn't have done any better!
I like the way the light is traveling thru the yard isolating a number of gravestones.
However, I tried correcting the Black & White points as per Gary's suggestion. Image included to see what you think!   Posted: 11/05/2021 21:55:24
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Yes, thanks Palli it shows up on the darker tree trunks and sky, better and appreciated !   Posted: 11/06/2021 21:32:18

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Jack, a perfect photo for the moment. I like the mix of foliage and snow, if so, a rare IR combination. The image is complex, as has to happen in cemeteries. My eye wants more contrast or use of the dodge tool to bring out selected highlights creating a leading line from the lower right corner into the middle of the image. Doing something like this might handle the complexity by controlling the viewer's scan of this intriguing image.   Posted: 11/08/2021 18:17:09
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks Charles I think you've picked up on the flow being from the lower right side, that's helpful, and will give what you've suggested a try.   Posted: 11/08/2021 21:39:24

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Jack, I have very little experience with Capture One so cannot comment.
I really think there is a great picture here as the balance between the different tree lines really works. I am wondering if you could have stepped back a little and taken the scene from a lower angle. The foreground stone needs more room around it. I might even consider taking out the three smaller stones around it? The tones do seem to need a little pop. Either way a great October image   Posted: 11/09/2021 15:39:27

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Love your shot, nice balance by the trees, shadows, my eye runs down the center of your scene and into the background

I share Gary's thoughts on foreground crop, it is fixable. I do not have a problem with large tombstone. especially if you remove the three small ones as Melanie suggests. As far a black point choice - what about the top of the wall on the right side?

I think a little more works in the digital darkroom and this image is good to go


Emil   Posted: 11/11/2021 11:45:53