Writing with Light

Badland Paparazzi

I thought I would end off the week with another shot from The Badlands. I wanted try something a bit different with this image. While the colors that day was quite something I wanted to convey a more desolate feeling with this image. You may be wondering about the title. I think I mentioned that when I arrived that morning for sunrise there were already a number of photographers there with the same idea that I had. In the upper left hand corner you’ll notice one of them. I was going to remove him from the picture but he grew on me and I felt it gave the shot a sense of scale.

This is one exposure which I processed in Photoshop and brought into Topaz B&W Effects to convert to monochrome. Once I had adjusted contrast slightly I applied an S-curve and then brought back a touch of color.  Have a great weekend everyone.

22 responses

  1. Gerry

    Edith; this photograph really brought out the contours of the land; looks great for mogul skiing. Gerry


    October 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

  2. The textures are great in this photo. Beautiful. And love the tone.


    October 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

  3. Took me a while to find him, but I did. I love you shots of this landscape! (Although I’d probably be tempted to crop out the triangle of white in the top left – a minor knit-pick which is probably personal preference.)


    October 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

    • Thanks so much for the comments. Funny you say that I was actually thinking about cropping it but decided not to as I wanted to keep in the tree line. Hmmmm maybe I’ll play with it again to see how it looks.


      October 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

  4. Rick

    Such interesting textures to the land!


    October 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

  5. Stunning picture! I think it’s even better than the color pictures! Great work!


    October 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

  6. I really like how it sort of waves in and out. Looks neat.


    October 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

  7. The conversion to B&W really brings out the textures here. I also agree with you – leaving the other photog in the picture gives a sense of scale which was not apparent in your earlier postings.


    October 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

  8. Excellent treatment and mood. Well done!


    October 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

  9. Great flowing feel to this Edith 🙂


    October 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

  10. Lovely shot, Edith. I’m glad you processed it in monotone, really makes the details and textures pop.


    October 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

  11. Jamie Cheslo

    This shot evokes a very melancholy mood in me, Edith. It reminds me of Matthew Brady’s Civil War era photography. Something foreboding and sad in it….. Well done!


    October 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

  12. Amazing landscape and subject. B&W processing is spot on Edith.


    October 22, 2011 at 4:59 am

  13. Edith, I love the layered look. Nice use of B&W!


    October 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm

  14. Wonderful processing Edith, great detail!


    October 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm

  15. Works great in B&W. I like the phtographer in the shot as well.


    October 24, 2011 at 4:54 am

  16. I love your photos:)


    October 29, 2011 at 9:32 am

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