Exposed Root II is another example of the scenery available in Gooseberry Falls. I don’t know if the common visitor gets as excited by exposed tree roots as I do, but the subject matter is plentiful. This image is another example of having to burn like crazy. This time it was the upper left (background) scenery. To expose the foreground correctly I had to make a choice (again – pre HDR era for me) and I chose the subject matter. The foreground almost appears flat. It didn’t help that the background was burned down so much. I always record in RAW, that’s probably the only thing that save me on the two images from the Roots series. It needs to be mentioned that each of these (the entire portfolio for that matter) has a selenium “tone” added to it. I realize that true selenium and the amount of “toning” depends on how long the prints is submerged in the selenium solution. I wasn’t real impressed with the replication done digitally. The selenium done digitally almost looks like a weak Sepia. Or I was doing selenium toning all wrong back in college. On the upside, I wasn’t subjecting myself to the harmful effects of true selenium. I discovered years later it has similarities to arsenic. Yikes!!
Untitled B&W (just for reference I rarely title my personal work, I think it’s my attempt at being “true to the form.”) is an example of HDR converted to black and white in Adobe Photoshop. All of the image was manageable. The only troublesome place with a tall blades of grass in the foreground. That area required some light dodging, but not so much that I lost the highlights on the down turned blades of grass.
Untitled (color version of black & white) is an example of HDR. Typically, and I can change like the wind in my thinking on HDR, I chose the three exposure method (+2, N, -2). Depending on the dynamic range I can and have done 5, or even seven exposures differing by 1EV each. That’s extreme in most cases and takes a chunk of time to merge in Adobe Lightroom. But sometimes you have to do it. I think (and I am always biased towards black & white) under the examination of the tonal values of the black & white version, I’d lean towards the color version. I’m not totally satisfied with converting HDR to black & white. Something is missing. The distinction in the mid tones starts to disappear. I’m starting to play around with what Nikon labels “Active-D lighting” and see if that helps.
This is just one installment of my fine art work. Please enjoy!