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Rocky landscape
Rocky landscape

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Challenge: Black and White Landscape (Basic Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: somewhere s/e of Calgary, 38000 ft up
Date: Apr 21, 2010
Aperture: f.7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 25, 2010

The Rockies as seen from the air, this was taken en route from Vancouver to Calgary. Carrier was WestJet - fly them, people, they're good!

pp: RAW-TIFF conversion, crop, auto levels, brightness/contrast, saturation, desat, resize, usm, sharpen, save for web

Place: 141 out of 382
Avg (all users): 5.6558
Avg (commenters): 6.5556
Avg (participants): 5.6058
Avg (non-participants): 5.7600
Views since voting: 756
Views during voting: 270
Votes: 154
Comments: 11
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05/09/2010 03:48:39 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Hi Susan

It's been a while since I got one of your images for critique.

You did quite OK in this challenge I think. There were so many wonderful images to compete against.

I think this is a lovely shot of the mountains. You have done so well to keep it so sharp considering it is taken through an airplane window, never the cleanest things at the best of times.

The composition works well and it seems only natural that it would be in Black and White. My only real critique comes to the b&w conversion. Somehow I would like to see a bit more variation in the tones, particularly the mid-tones.

I don't know what order your did your processing ie if it follows what you have listed in your notes or not. I personally think the best thing to do when converting to B&W is to do the conversion before adjusting the levels, contrast or curves. By making a levels adjustment to the colour image you are not going to optimise your B&W conversion. I would definitely do the desaturation (or whichever method you use for B&W) first and then adjust the contrast and exposure after that. (As always, this is just my opinion - take it for what it's worth).

I also feel the image is a bit over sharpened. I don't know it's really necessary to use both sharpen and usm. I think a touch of USM before saving for the web is probably enough.

But anyway, great image and one I'd be happy to have in my collection.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/02/2010 09:38:05 PM
Terrific composition and flat processing.
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04/30/2010 03:09:22 AM
This photo is very disorienting at first...then vertigo takes over. Interesting landscape.
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04/27/2010 12:15:58 AM
Interesting that without visual references, I struggle to find an anchor to base the exploration of this photo. This is not a bad thing, I've never seen an image that made me think I'm getting dizzy just looking at it.
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04/26/2010 07:19:01 PM
Wow, what a place. And where are you standing? 8
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04/26/2010 05:08:00 PM
Not sure this works for me personally. I like a bit more context
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04/26/2010 11:47:03 AM
Very cool perspective. Maybe over sharpened?
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04/26/2010 11:45:19 AM
Very cool overhead shot. Nice shadows. I just wonder if it could be extended out a bit, to get a bit more depth.
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04/26/2010 10:47:34 AM
Really pretty and almost abstract like shot. Love the textures.
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04/26/2010 09:51:17 AM
Wow, this looks almost surreal, but with my 3D glasses on I can see what a nice picture it is!
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04/26/2010 04:04:00 AM
excellent,,, great shot,,,,,,,,,
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