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Larry Leonard
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November 17, 2019 5:43 pm  

This image has been prepared for a small, exceptional group of chicago photographers.  Next Wednesday, we  are required to present several images that follow the theme of architecture and/or water.  Attached is the first one, and I am continuing my current passion for Black and White architectural photography.

As always, your comments are appreciated

Skyline 8 Guerbois (16 Bit) Gradient B&W PS (13.75x10.75) (17 of 298)

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Larry Leonard
(@lleonard)
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November 17, 2019 5:55 pm  

Here is the second image in my project.  The Mackinac Bridge, opened in 1957, is 26,372 feet long and the 22nd-longest main span in the world and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.

Whadayathink?

Mackinac Bridge 4 (13.75x10.75)  B&W  NIK HDR (316 of 3850) 2

 


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John Motzi
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November 17, 2019 7:04 pm  

Hi Larry,

I like the first one soft hi & low & detailed in the middle;  The sky has just enough long exposure to make it interesting but not amorphous.  Does this use your multiple image time exposure technique?

For my taste, the second one is too gritty in the sky & sea and too contrasty on the bridge towers.

JM


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Larry Leonard
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November 18, 2019 2:29 pm  

Yes, John, this is an in-camera multiple-exposure.


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Larry Leonard
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November 18, 2019 2:31 pm  

Your observations about the Mackinac Bridge image capture accurately my vision for that picture.

BTW, my wife agrees with you.


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Char Davies
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November 18, 2019 4:04 pm  

Larry - for my tastes, I much prefer your first image, tonally the sky, buildings and water "fit" together.

The bridge image, while dramatic seems like three different items in one photo: the shag carpet-like foreground water, the crisp and beautifully lit bridge and the stunning, menacing clouds. Looks like the stormy clouds are about to wreak havoc on the peaceful bridge. I just can't take my eyes off those amazing clouds.


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Larry Leonard
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November 18, 2019 5:59 pm  

@cdavies

Thanks, Char, for your comments.  Both your comments and John's reflect what I believe would be most peoples' assessment of  the Bridge image.  My vision for the image is what you see.  I find Black and White images very challenging.  Part of what drove my vision was an effort to remedy an issue I have in B&W processing: That which is bland and vanilla.

 


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Raaj
 Raaj
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November 18, 2019 6:17 pm  

@lleonard

Hi Larry,  

I'm going to go for some no-holds-barred feedback!

Image one, there are artifacts in both the sky and the water that I think stem from your multiple exposure-additive/averaging thing that you did.  I would ask you to consider selecting both sky and water separately and applying path blur for the sky with appropriate direction for the path and some form of blur to eliminate the water artifacts drawing attention.  I would also suggest taking a look at selecting the buildings and upping local contrast - the building layer may benefit from that.

Image two - I think the sky, bridge and water look like composites from three different images.  They, to my eye, don't "fit" together too well.  An issue I'm having with some of my images from the Rockies where I boosted the details from the sky and things got crunchy...

Hope this is helpful.

Cheers!


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Char Davies
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November 18, 2019 6:46 pm  

I hear you, Larry. I am just returning to B/W photography after a 35-year hiatus (and some nudging from Raaj). Had an un-duh moment recently that with the EVFs on my new Fuji GFX bodies I could "see" in B/W. What fun it is to get back to just tone, without the sometimes crutch of color.


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Ulana
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November 20, 2019 6:10 pm  

The first image is fascinating.  There is so much to look at when I zoom into the buildings.  In addition to this cityscape there is a lot of potential among the patterns and shapes of the buildings. 

I echo the prevailing sentiment on the second image. 


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