Daily Image - Oct 2013 Archive - sonofjohan
01 Oct 13.  As you travel east on I-90 in WA State you come to an area in what we'll call the SE portion of the state know collectively as the Palouse. This is a vast farmland whose vistas are famous, with photographers coming from all over the world to photograph the area. Most come in the spring for the greens of the newly growing crops or the late summer for the yellows of the crops ready for harvest. Both times offer some spectacular photographic opportunities. While they would shoot their material from the local hills, this shot is taken from the edge of the freeway. I've driven past the area many time driving across country but have never actually taken a photo trip there, YET! This time across we were treated to some fantastic clouds as well as fields newly mowed with the golden stubble really showing off both its color and mow patterns. I stopped the vehicle several times to try and capture the feeling one experiences when traveling along the sides of the farms. With today being B&W Tuesday, my first shared shot of the area will be monochromatic. I've prepared two others from the same image, one in full color and the other a "tinted" B&W either of which may make an appearance at a later date. To get to what you are seeing today,  I started with the base image, created a curves layer to adjust the global contrast, combined these two layers into a new layer and used a filter to increase the micro contrast globally. Next I added a noise reduction layer removing the noise only from the blue sky. Recall that noise reduction is accomplished by blurring the image, and I didn't want any blurring in the details, so just the plain sky was manipulated. Then I ran another filter to get my base B&W layer, adjusting it to get just the look I desired. Then all the layers were combined (flattened) and the resultant image was saved out with an sRGB color gamut for computer and web viewing. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/640 sec @ f / 9.

01 Oct 13. As you travel east on I-90 in WA State you come to an area in what we'll call the SE portion of the state know collectively as the Palouse. This is a vast farmland whose vistas are famous, with photographers coming from all over the world to photograph the area. Most come in the spring for the greens of the newly growing crops or the late summer for the yellows of the crops ready for harvest. Both times offer some spectacular photographic opportunities. While they would shoot their material from the local hills, this shot is taken from the edge of the freeway. I've driven past the area many time driving across country but have never actually taken a photo trip there, YET! This time across we were treated to some fantastic clouds as well as fields newly mowed with the golden stubble really showing off both its color and mow patterns. I stopped the vehicle several times to try and capture the feeling one experiences when traveling along the sides of the farms. With today being B&W Tuesday, my first shared shot of the area will be monochromatic. I've prepared two others from the same image, one in full color and the other a "tinted" B&W either of which may make an appearance at a later date. To get to what you are seeing today, I started with the base image, created a curves layer to adjust the global contrast, combined these two layers into a new layer and used a filter to increase the micro contrast globally. Next I added a noise reduction layer removing the noise only from the blue sky. Recall that noise reduction is accomplished by blurring the image, and I didn't want any blurring in the details, so just the plain sky was manipulated. Then I ran another filter to get my base B&W layer, adjusting it to get just the look I desired. Then all the layers were combined (flattened) and the resultant image was saved out with an sRGB color gamut for computer and web viewing. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/640 sec @ f / 9.

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