22 | March
"White Fire"
General: 5:36 PM on 3/13/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/200sec | f/5.0 | 18mm (29mm) | ISO-100
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: -1/3
Flash: No

I took this mid-afternoon with a polerizer in order to darken the sky. I then extracted the red channel (resulting in the darkest blues), and adjusted the contrast.

I'm continuting to work on this type of shot, and hopefully soon, you'll see more of its kind. I've got another contrasted blue photo, but I think I will post that in color as today's photo is the more dramatic of the two, and the color version of other one is better.

I won't post it tomorrow, but probably in the next week.

categories: desert landscape monochrome

Thoughts of: Tristan
March 22nd, 2005 at 2:29 AM

Very nice. Filters are fun to play with for sure. This RAW format sounds almost like the equivalent of a darkroom in the old film days -- photographers often considered developing to be half of the art.

One more thing about this photo -- the contrast is great in the top 2/3 or so, but in the bottom it's pretty much flat. Would have liked to see the whole tree outlined a little better, and also the division between sky and ground emphasized a bit more... but it's very good composition.

Thoughts of: Ryan
March 22nd, 2005 at 2:34 AM

Very true. Thats the kind of stuff I'm working on. :)

Thanks for the input.

Thoughts of: philip
March 22nd, 2005 at 6:20 AM

i like this,

but i agree about the black sky suddenly changing to grey.

looks like it is nice in colour too?

Thoughts of: Chet
March 22nd, 2005 at 7:15 AM

Wow, awesome shot there. It would also look good if you cropped just the top half, to make it look like flames of tree limbs reaching into the sky. Its so cool seeing your basic tree turned into something so stricking.

Thoughts of: Nik
March 22nd, 2005 at 9:55 AM

This is an awesome pic. I read a book by frank perritt called the hangman's curse, and this pic looks like something that came right out of the book! This is deffinately one of my favs!

Thoughts of: Alec Long
March 25th, 2005 at 7:59 PM

Holy cow. This looks like infrared work. Very dramatic.

Thoughts of: Abe
March 25th, 2005 at 8:59 PM

This is great... I like how this fades at the top into blackness.

Thoughts of: zac
May 2nd, 2005 at 9:42 AM

i went to an ansel adams exhibit recently and a lot of his photos have a very dark, if not black, sky. i've often wondered how to get that effect in the digital darkroom, and now you've shed a little light on it.

nice shot. i dig your desert imagery.

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