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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-09-07
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/9.1, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Golden moments [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-27 7:45
Viewed: 1073
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was playing with a wide angle lens yesterday to try to get a surreal effect to go with the drama of the sky after a storm. Wide angle photography is not as common as it was with film because of the crop factor of the digital sensors.

This is a combination of five shots one stop apart combined in Photomatix and converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-03-27 8:09]

Hi Roger,
I like the play with your wide angle lens. You managed to create a rather surreal presentation of this boat resting on grass with a silo in the BG.
A nice treatment to exaggerate the ambient.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-03-27 9:09]
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I like your composition Roger.I like the placement of the small boat & the dark vegetation beneath its lighter hull & how you have its lines leading the eye into the scene.The inclusion of the buildings & telegraph poles give a feeling of scale & distance & the large expanse of light & dark sky add impact.Question to you,In the lower darker clouds there appears to be a slight blurring & I wondered if you had used a faster shutter speed would it have reduced that or not?Also did you work with Tonemapping or Fusion with Photomatix.You mentioned about the crop factor of the digital sensors compared to film,may I ask how much does it differ with this type of scene.Last question,If one used a Split ND filter to keep the sky from being OE & the camera set at F/16 @ 1/250 would the sharpness & clarity be similar or not quite as detailed. Great shot,wish I could do as well.
Best Regards

Boa tarde Roger,

Excellent image, great POV and DOF.

Olá Roger
In some way I feel you as a composer...5 shots..a great final photo . full of drama, beauty with a intense B/W with contrast and dimension.
It is a real pleasure.
Um abraço

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-03-27 10:56]
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An excellent use of both photo fusion ans NIK Silver Efex producing a wide wide-angle image. Supurb detail, texture and the elements are placed perfectly set against the dramtic sky from you POV with proper use of DOF.

A image worthy of a gallery exhibit.


FYI: Just ordered a second 5D MK II - debated on the 7D based on you TL comments using it, but seldom to I take shots where I need fast FPS or the faster autofocus system found on the 7D, and I like full-frame (no-crop) as shown here by your image. The Mk III does not have enough improvements for over $1K more over the 5D MK II.

Hi Roger
fantastic presentation. good PP work with artistic results. great B&W display of dramatic low sky. the old boat adds more interest to the scene. well placed in the image.

Love the mood you have caught in this vast landscape shot, Roger!

Great charm and well thought POV for this location.
The boat in the FG adds another piece of beauty to the picture.
Well done!


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2012-03-27 13:09]

Hi Roger,
Fantastic ! Julie

iLike iLike! :) as always well done roger! :)



The clouds reminds me of an Ansel Adams photograph. He is still my hero. You're doing a wonderful job with your wide angle lens. Good dof with nice contrast and looks like you have all the zones. Very well done, tfs.

Ciao Roger, fascinatingb&W with old boat and superb sky, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Roger,
Beautiful wide angle picture of this lovely scene.
Excellent point of view and details,
good contrast and light with a beautiful sky,
great with a combination of five shots,
Excellent PPwork..

Hi Roger,

What a lovely B/W image. I love the POV, focus, and especially the clouds. The boat is nicely positioned. I wish that silo was not in the picture. As always your work is a step above. Bravooo. TFS

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-03-28 1:10]

Hi Roger.

I like the stunning dramatic effect you have created by using grayscale, the active sky draws the eye is so quickly. The old boat and far off industry adds to the mood and texture, very well presented. TFS

Stv :0))

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-03-28 4:13]

Very nice dramatic sky. Wonderful position with the boat and the HDR make the wonderful details all over

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10640)
  • [2012-03-28 6:52]

Hi Roger,
I can feel the wind as the colouds are moving fast that by shutter speed of 1/60 sec it turned blur but this need still more depth and the composition is beautiful, TFS.

Excellent merging of 5 photos. I've always used PS for combo shots, even though I have Photomatix. Trying to guess where this is, looks almost like Hi-way 1 from Half Moon Bay to San Gregorio beach.

Beautiful B&W cleverly engineered with good technical skills.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-04-03 22:55]

Hi Roger

My condolences for the shooting tragedy in Oakland. I missed this superb b&w image. Good tonal range & the old boat in the fg out of its element immediately attracts attention. It points towards the old factory on the horizon. Good sharpness & tonal range. Tfs!

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