Saturday, December 16, 2006

Woodbury, Connecticut

Morning Fog

I hope that the faint but clear outline of the sun's disc will come through on most viewer's monitors after the file has been converted for web viewing. This farm has been a multi-generational favorite for local painters.

8 comments:

Michael said...

There's something about the beauty of a natural place that often resists a photographer's best efforts. Lately I've seen pictures that use digital "magic" to stir up the contents into some kind of striking representation of the landscape, but, in the end they usually fall flat.

Not this picture. It's a thoughtful, lovely and honest representation of the place. Good job; my hat's off. It's easy to see why painters work here.

Ernest Theisen said...

Carl, that is a beautiful image. I love the composition, the soft color. The sun disk shows up on my monitor. I think that this would make a wonderful platinum print as well.

Kent Wiley said...

Carl, no problem seeing the sun. This is strikingly different, not necessarily for you, but for "Working Pictures." It's refreshing to see a "classic" unspoiled landscape w/o the obvious hand of man everywhere. Of course this place _was_ created by humans - albeit those who had no need for the romantic ideal of beautiful landscapes. Anyway, nicely done, especially shooting into the sun.

Scott Kirkpatrick said...

I just went back over the 4:3 to 3:2 transition zone in your blog to see what the difference was in terms of how the pictures look. The Pentax and the Olympus probably feel about the same, but one has nice zooms and the other simple primes. Am I right in thinking that you are seeing a little deeper into the shadows of the scene with the Pentax? Has any of the bathroom dust accumulated on the Zuiko lenses to contribute to the difference?

Carl said...

Scott,

I haven't done a proper tonal range test yet, but my impression is that the K10D has more range than the E1.

PS: Dust on the lenses would likely enhance apparent tonal range through flare, like shooting with an uncoated antique view camera lens...

Bruce Robbins said...

Hi Carl,

Lovely image and big enough for me to print out at home-would that be OK? Have you tried this one in black and white? I think it would look great as a mono shot.

Carl said...

Bruce,

I'm glad you like the picture, but the postings are for on-screen enjoyment only. Please don't print them out. Selling prints is one of the ways we starving artists try to keep the wolf from the door.

As for b&w, so far I have not found a conversion from digital capture that pleases me. The bar is set pretty high on that since I'm used to printing b&w as platinum prints direct from in-camera negatives up to 12x20 inches.

Bruce Robbins said...

I'm more than happy to respect your views on not printing out your pictures and understand the reason for them.

Regarding black and white, I don't have a problem with the conversion but with the printing although I'm now starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

There are a few Photoshop actions that seek to emulate the look of platinum prints-have you tried them and, if so, what do you think?

Bruce