Reed Page's picture

A Ground Breaking Abstract

Another one from the waterside park. Strange land as you get near the water. It varies from dusty to slippery to crackly to quicksand-like. With the amount of dead fish in the water a few feet away, I'm guessing it may not be safe to be shooting there... I'll probably go back next weekend.

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David Perman's picture

Its a good concept, but it may need some contrast to make the dirt more of a help than a hindrance to this image. I'd say you have the right idea.

Reed Page's picture

David, it's funny, I took the dirt in the shot to get a sort of diagonal. Then when I first processed it, I over contrasted it and it looked to strong(actually changed color), I erred on the side of the lighter contrast. When I go back I'll give it another shot of contrast. Thanks,
Reed

David Perman's picture

If the colors are shifting too much, you could try selectively altering them to look more natural.

Jeremy Martignago's picture

I like the idea...
Have you thought of B&W?

Chris Jablonski's picture

On to a good thing here, Reed. I think Jeremy has a good idea. Here's my quick version. One hint: these kinds of images are often best with oblique but DIFFUSE light, at least when I try them, because sun shadows, which you can see here, spoil the effect a bit e.g. just under the big crack at 12 o'clock, distracting from the inherent textures that largely make the shot. I sometimes wait for the sun to be partly obscured by cloud before making the exposure.

Jeremy Martignago's picture

Yeh, I think B&W looks better.

Reed Page's picture

Thank you everyone for your comments. I did another quick attempt. Funny, when I took it, I totally thought the muted colors were the way to go and not B&W but Jeremy you nailed it. I also went to enhance the cracks but after thinking about what Chris said will have to go back there on a less sunny day. I lowered the contrast and brought the details down to a natural look to counter the lighting, Then tried to even out the cracks a bit. Probably should have dodged them a little more. David, not sure if this helps the dirt but after B&W , thought it would be interesting to let it blend more than bring it out more.