Doug wrote:These are a favorite subject of mine.
One thing I found in playing with the PP was I could accentuate the form of the roots by leaving the highlight and darkening the mids and shadow a bit.
Nice rendition of the texture here though.
PS: this one looks more effective to me as is on the other site that has the dark grey back ground.
I have a mid grey back ground in both LR and Silver Efex and sometimes I find my edits don't translate as well on white afterwards, do you find this?
I find Photoshop and Lightroom are pains for having the darker background defaults, I use a lighter grey these days. I tried as an experiment ages ago, editing on a white surround, then the same pictures on a darker surround and it was amazing how differently things came out.
Doug wrote:The Peter Hill shot is pretty cool. I though it looked a bit HDR, but he says it is three stitched lens shifts.
Doug wrote:I was drawing my inspiration from this one http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la- ... z2rYLK6zsk
It is surprising how inconsistent the look of this picture is when you do an image search of it. https://www.google.com.au/search?q=grou ... B494%3B600
Perhaps he did a lot of different darkroom treatments of it, or there is a lot of sloppy digital archiving out there and perhaps a few unofficial ones.
Doug wrote:Actually my Photoshop is a darker grey than LR now that I look at them open at the same time, I'll have to look for a lighter PS back ground option.
I never likes the original white only PS default.
One thing I notice if I decide last thing to do a bit of vignetting on a B+W I have to go back and reedit the levels that a moment ago I thought looked just right.
In Silver Efex you can toggle the background through black, white and grey if you hit the little lightbulb on the top right. I wish it was that simple in Photoshop!
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