Jack Florence Jr  

Taking a Break by Jack Florence Jr

January 2022 - Taking a Break

January 2022 - Jack Florence Jr


About the Image(s)

I thought this made for a fun story shot, sitting down after hiking to the top of a sand dune in Death Valley National Park. But lately I've seen the idea done before so perhaps it's a bit cliche?
There was no color in the image except for my shoes, so it was a natural choice for black and white. Other than that, it's pretty much the original. iPhone 8+

7 comments posted

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
The BW is great for this, but I so like the lighting crossing the dunes in the original. Overall, you have a beautiful composition. As far as the boots, just keep 2 images-- one with and one without. To me, the most impressive image is without boots, so I'd crop just above the toes. I love the trail of prints through the sand. Very nice!   Posted: 01/02/2022 16:47:05

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I hadn't thought of that, Belinda, good idea on the two versions, thanks!   Posted: 01/03/2022 11:49:47

Bob Shor   Bob Shor
Hi Jack! I like the idea of including your feet in the image. I really like the s shaped curve of the dunes leading us through the image. I think black and white was a great choice for this image. I was wondering how the image would look if you tried adding some contrast to bring out more details on the sand, so I did it and I've attached the edited image to see what you thought. I tend to go over the top with contrast sometimes, so I can easily understand if you don't like the edits I applied.   Posted: 01/06/2022 19:03:28
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks for taking the time, Bob. I am often prodded to boost the contrast in my images, and usually with good reason! In this image, I kind of liked the softer "dreamy" feel, and also I'm hesitant to edit my phone images too much because I find the jpg's often degrade, where a raw image would work better. (I've heard one can take raw images with an iPhone, but am not sure on the procedure). Still, I can see and appreciate what you were after, thanks again!   Posted: 01/07/2022 12:02:52

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Hi Jack,
It's a fun image to have included your boots in there. It gives a story (dune hiking is challenging) to the image. The leading lines, curves, hills, valleys all work together to create a beautiful scene. I especially like the diagonal foot prints that go up the sand dunes from the left side to the right. The image is quite sharp with visible details of the sand. The conversion to B&W is also the right choice.
I agree with Belinda that you can get 2 images in this shot (with or without your boots), and both have different perspectives. Well done!   Posted: 01/06/2022 21:58:19

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Howdy, Jack! The boots tell a story; it's time for a rest after the climb. B/W is a good choice also. Sharpness and composition are great.   Posted: 01/08/2022 11:18:39

Gene Eckhardt   Gene Eckhardt
Very Nice! Agree with all the comments. Great composition, leading line (trail), perspective (low), B&W, etc. Understand Jack's preference for the "dreamy" look. I like Bob's idea of increasing contrast to show more detail, although I personally feel the image he posted went a bit too much. This is print worthy. Larger prints (16x20) degrade sharpness that I have found can often be offset by a slight boost in tonal contrast. Well done!   Posted: 01/08/2022 15:00:43


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