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Hanging grasses by Dick Knudson

January 2022 - Hanging grasses

January 2022 - Dick Knudson

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When I captured this, I was intrigued by the curious scene of grasses growing vertically down a cliff face. I pushed colors quite a bit and came up with an intriguing color version (not shown). As I played with the resulting color image as a monochrome, this high key image evolved. I think it is odd enough to keep a curious person interested in looking at it for a while, but does it have sufficient compositional strength to ignite the curiosity of a casual observer?


17 comments posted




Tevor Harvey   Tevor Harvey
Thank you for sharing the image. I think that the high key mono version really makes the grass stand out whereas they are not a prominent in the colour version. It is a beautiful image   Posted: 01/03/2022 15:02:13
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Your thoughts on the revision are most welcome.   Posted: 01/14/2022 12:56:42



Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
I like the grasses in high key- I think that is your compositional focus, so maybe cropping it to focus on the grasses would be nice?   Posted: 01/03/2022 16:35:27
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Thank you, Tracy. I think the tighter crop is a bit more focused on the grasses. See the re-do in my response to Haru. But I need to decide if I like the textured terrain at the bottom, for additional interest. I am not averse to additional subject areas, if they do not conflict.   Posted: 01/04/2022 13:16:36
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Your thoughts on the revision are most welcome.
  Posted: 01/14/2022 12:56:22
Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
I too liked the texture at the bottom as well, but maybe with just a bit more detail and shadows in it, that would also work. Interesting image with many options!   Posted: 01/16/2022 15:50:38
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Thank you, I shall keep tinkering with it.   Posted: 01/16/2022 15:58:00



Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Dick,
Thank you for providing interesting subject.
High key image means that the image is less contrast and most of the tones are in highlight and whites. It does not follow that you can clip your whites.
I applied process to create high key image with your original. When you say "high key" image, it would looks like this.
I am not sure that this will work due to lack of a main subject in the frame but is this what you are looking for?

  Posted: 01/03/2022 21:49:01
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Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
As always, Haru, your comments are very educational. Until you prompted me to learn a bit more, I did not accurately understand the notion of 'high key" and its essential low contrast principle. So, I do not strive for this to be a high-key image, but I wanted to reduce a lot of the terrain detail and convey an impression of an ink sketch.
You also pointed out that the whites are blown out. The modification I have in front of me now is much more pleasant with excessive brightness addressed. Also tightened the crop as suggested by Tracy.   Posted: 01/04/2022 13:13:25
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Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Your thoughts on the revision are most welcome.   Posted: 01/14/2022 12:55:47



Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
The only way to improve ourselves, is to try out new ideas and techniques like you have done here. Your question if it have sufficient compositional strength to ignite the curiosity of a casual observer is very valid and a good way of thinking. In my opinion, it does not have that strength. The main reason is that it lacks a distinct point of interest where the eyes can rest on. But, you are into something, so keep on improving!   Posted: 01/08/2022 01:56:14
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Your thoughts on the revision are most welcome.   Posted: 01/14/2022 12:55:22



Jeff Hanke   Jeff Hanke
Hi Dick. I have found high key very challenging when I have tried it in past - with little success to date. It seemed from shots I liked there was a very string composition focus (as Tracey and Arne suggest) which stands out from the background. Im still not seeing a clear point of focus even with the crop which immediately grabs the eye. Im wondering if further cropping in on 1-2 blades of grass where they touch the ice would be interesting. Just a thought   Posted: 01/10/2022 13:59:40
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Your thoughts on the revision are most welcome.   Posted: 01/14/2022 12:55:05



Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Dick, interesting image. I agree with Jeff.   Posted: 01/13/2022 11:49:41
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Your thoughts on the revision are most welcome.   Posted: 01/14/2022 12:54:50



Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Based on the several comments, I was very happy to simplify the composition and crop the image to emphasize the part that I was most intrigued with. Next visit, I will move some grasses around -- much easier than the clone/heal work I had to do with this. Thank you all. Your further comments are most welcome.   Posted: 01/14/2022 12:53:48
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