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Driving Through Idaho

Driving Through Idaho
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Copyright: David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 6 N: 315] (1219)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-01-14
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony DSC F707, UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-22 22:21
Viewed: 1987
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TL folks! It's been a while! I've been posting over at TE for a while, but I want to split my time and come here and with TN once in a while. I just can't do them all at once.

This is a small mountain range near Pocatello, Idaho. This is farming and ranching company, and here we can see the fields of grass leftover from last fall. Now that it's winter, the grass has turned beige and amber, but I loved the texture and felt that b/w would aid in augmenting the textures here.

PP: I wanted to preserve the textures of the grassy hills and fields, and do to this, I applied several filters to this area, including Watercolor, Crosshatch and Spatter. I usually apply this filters, then use the Fade command to undo them to about 15-20% or so.

The sky got a bit noisy when I converted to b/w (I used the Channel Mixer with low blues, high greens and medium reds), so I used a slight motion blur. Though it looks like the motion blur is heavily used, it actually isn't; the sky looked very much like this, except that in real life it was blue and there wasn't as much contrast present.

Anyway, I enjoy the contrasts of textures between fields, sky and mountains. I hope you enjoy it!

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  • Good 
  • wayne Gold Star Critiquer [C: 292 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-22 23:02]

Oh nice, but I think the processing is a bit overdone that the space feels flattened. It's a nice composition though and reminds me of the layers of cut rock.

I thought it was awesome at first glance then I started to notice a few things like the outline around the mountains and the slight tilt to the left. (ok mabye my screen is crooked)
Its all about composition skills here.
Very good.
But sometimes reality should be presented at its best and IMOP this could have been done better.
Sorry to be so harsh.

  • Great 
  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2006-01-23 4:33]

Hi David

I like the horizontal layering, the motion blur, & the superb tonal range, in this outstanding b&w image. The alternating tones (white, black, white, black, etc) are marvellous, & enhance the graphism. Good work!

Very good composition. I like the layered look with the different textures. You are quite good at using the filters for this. My only question is that the foreground grass seems to be blowing to the left, whilst the sky clouds motion is blowing to the right. I was just wondering if the clouds in the sky were actually going that way, or perhaps the filter made the effect. The black and white tones are very good.

Hi David....
3 differents wonderful parts on a same picture....
Very good composition
Happy to see again...

Hi David,

beautiful capture and compo; i like look in B&W !
I think to freedom of this place and mountains of Idaho. Nice TFS!
see ya

Hi David,

What a special textures in this shot. Good composition, i like specially the contrast between sky and mountains. Well worked!



Hi David,

Good to have you here as well.
I like the scenery and it is well composed.
You are on the right track with your conversion, but, practice to get the right recipe will come. ;)

I'll send you a starting grid. ;)


beautiful b&w... a great mood captured... I like those different layers.

Hi David,

I like it, the combination of the sharp mountains and blurry foreground works well. Some nice shades and the sky looks good also. Will have to start experimenting with PP like this sometimes.



Hi David,
Great result here.... I love the shot. I'm a big black and white fan and this one is fabulous. I love the contrast and the pp treatment. Thanks for sharing!

  • Great 
  • haben Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 177 W: 10 N: 19] (1161)
  • [2007-10-11 10:24]

hi david
very good bw work. the effects are very nice. great contrasts.
have a nice time

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