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What I admire in this photo is its technique and (thankfully) the great use you the filters you have made. It seems you really know how to work with them
The composition is also quite good, with the sea maybe a little too crowded, as you have noticed yourself. However, I believe that the sky being fully clouded it balances very well the overcrowded sea
What I would suggest is maybe reducing a little bit the contrast. I don't know if it was your intention to lose all the details on the front rocks (like a silhouete) but if it was done in post process, I may have reduced a little bit the contrast values.
However I feel that it is still a nice photograph Well done
haha no the water was only about 20cm deep. Blend of 2 exposures about 3 stops apart, vibrance, saturated the blue channel, that's it. I'm dissapoint in MA, 3 months later he can't even reply to a simply email with a question that will take one sentence to answer. He's in a position where he has to tread lightly to keep a good online rep, and looks like he has chosen to ignore everything online unless you're interested in buying prints. It's sad to see him ignore people that aspire to him with so much passion.
Ha...the pants I meant from crapping yourself with awesomeness :-P See you are using the digital GND too
The MA conversation could be long. I had a similar experience with him, actually have an image dedicated to him "ode to..." and sent him a message through here but never heard back. In his defense there is a chance he's hiking somewhere for weeks at a time and cannot respond to all of us. I just hope he's as busy as he comes off and isnt just blowing off all the people he does inspire. On the flip side he's posted some of his techniques which is very generous. In any case, like I said, it could be a long convo :-P
True, but I do agree with a few people that he's not fully disclosing his photoshop techniques through denial. If he said ' it took me years to develop it and it is a technique developed and treasure bla bla bla competitive edge', then I would respect it, but he should also respect the public's enquiries into his post processing and answer them honestly, or give an honest excuse to not answer honestly.
How do you think he got the detail in this tree ? [link]
Tony Kuyper's luminosity mask concept... he's never mentioned using such a technique, but he does link to the site in his news article. I'm confused about the whole issue and starting to turn against him because he can't answer simple questions like 'did you use a t&s lens'
I agree with your arguement here. I do believe there is a lot of masking and blending in his work...knowing what I have shot and how I have acheived it and looking at his photos. I'm sure you feel the same way. As far as his 'self denial' I will have to hold off until I meet him to understand what kind of guy he is. Floris might be a good one to involve in this convo actually. I havent tried Tony's technique yet as I havent had to do detailed masking in a while but looks like it would be a great tool.
I'd say dont be too hard on him as we are all 'artists' and have liberty to do whichever in our medium, albeit it should be disclosed for the most part. He has and will be inspiration and we can always just take it as that :-P
Yip, the one thing I learned from my workshop is never to judge an avatar until you've met the person. It changes your understanding of that person completely. Like you said, I think Floris might be able to help us out on this one as he knows Marc personally and he actually replys on mails in mere days.
Those masks are by far the most powerful image control tool for landscape photography that I've come across. Take 2 exposures, one with a tree against a bright sky. If there's enough contrast then the mask will select the tree more perfectly than you can imagine and you just paint the detail into the tree from an underlying brighter exposure...like in those 2 shots of Marc I linked to
Also think it's funny that there's a group of us that are all familiar with one another and live all over the planet. One day we should all get together somewhere. That would be way fun.
For the masks...maybe I need to take another look at them as what you mentioned would be waaaay great for getting detail out of areas w/o getting that hard edged masking nonesense. And easier too. I'd say for what we know about photography he does plenty of filters then blending, regardless of what he says. But is work is still true, ie: what large format would be able to show. (at least i think that's true).
Incredible, *Hougaard. I would definitely buy this as a large print and frame it for my place. I'm a little stuck for cash but let me know if you'll be selling it soon and how much... You certainly have an 'eye' for quality.