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After the snow
After the snow

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Challenge: Ansel Adams (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Kohler, WI
Date: Feb 28, 2005
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Architecture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2005

This was a lot of fun and inspired by Adams' "Road after the Rain"

The original shot was in daylight taken in the morning as I arrived at the club I run in Wisconsin. It had snowed but it was wet and slushy.The plough had been round the drive and there were puddles and reflections as well as wet snow sticking to trees and shrubs. In post processing I just played with adjustment layers and tried the invert one.The negative effect was cool but too surreal so I added a mask and started deleting and adding back parts of the inversion, adjusted levels and curves and boosted contrast, all after converting to black and white with channel mixer. Lots of burning and dodging (had to remember to do the opposite on the inverted sections!) and ended with this, working to mazimize tonality. I wish I could have added more tones to the sky which was originally a plain white/grey, but I'll have to live with this. I really like the shot but may get hammered for it not being Ansel Adams-ish enough. However, if this really was a night shot, I think Adams might have done something along these lines? Maybe not! Whatever the score, this one I like although my B&W entry from several challenges ago would have been a better one, had I been in Arizona this week!

Place: 280 out of 292
Avg (all users): 4.1618
Avg (commenters): 4.1667
Avg (participants): 3.9556
Avg (non-participants): 4.4245
Views since voting: 1383
Votes: 241
Comments: 21
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/12/2005 06:16:09 PM
yikes. This is what the negative used to look like (back in the old film days).
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03/12/2005 01:56:44 PM
umm ansel didn't do this sort of thing you know...
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03/10/2005 06:52:32 AM
Was this an inferred shot or is the contrast really high in PS? It is interesting because of the huge contrast. You must have really played with the levels.... 6 because it works
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03/09/2005 03:52:02 PM
Why solarize this image? It would have great as a positive. Adams never did any work like this that I am aware of. Sorry, gave it a 3.
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03/08/2005 09:10:31 PM
this looks very surreal. I like it...but not exactly AA's style. your shadow and contrast is ok and the photo might be a little overdone
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03/08/2005 08:59:52 PM
never seen Ansel do anything like this... try the surreal catagory..its interesting
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03/08/2005 03:57:45 PM
I am not a real fan of the invereted look and I don't believe that would be at all in the style of Adams.
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03/08/2005 01:47:01 PM
great composition- perhaps not enough gradation in tonalities for this project
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03/08/2005 07:04:50 AM
Weird, but eye catching.
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03/08/2005 05:14:12 AM
woops - did the slider bar in photoshop go to far? 2.
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03/07/2005 09:14:30 PM
moderate use of curves
this looks solarized
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03/07/2005 07:56:56 PM
ansel adams to my knowledge didnt use negatives to make his prints from..
03/07/2005 06:00:23 PM
This is too over exposed for Ansel Adams
03/07/2005 05:59:41 PM
Interesting idea. I like the inverse also.
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03/07/2005 04:57:26 PM
Very cool, was this an inversion?
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03/07/2005 12:49:58 PM
Oversharpened, artificial depth of field, I think you tried too hard
03/07/2005 11:04:57 AM
03/07/2005 08:44:40 AM
Nice composition...I would have given a 10 if it weren't overprocessed.
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03/07/2005 02:52:52 AM
Creative use of "negative" space, though doesn't express A.A's style. I like it though.
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03/07/2005 02:11:58 AM
Incredible...best I've seen so far! I love the texture!
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03/07/2005 01:12:15 AM
Great idea, but I think a little out of the genre...
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