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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 28 July 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Another photo from the Lake District of NW England.

NIKON D40 1/640 second F/8.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Wow. I love these impressive clouds. The composition is really nice, too.

28 Jul 2008 6:51am

@Mirko Herzner: Hi Mirko...thanks very much!

Betsy Barron from Glenmoore, United States

well done - takes your eye in and all around

28 Jul 2008 8:37am

@Betsy Barron: Thanks Betsy!

Marie Le Corre from Voiron, France

Superbe noir et blanc !

28 Jul 2008 10:04am

@Marie Le Corre: Thanks Marie!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

That Dark, dark sky makes this phenomenal mood shot, unsurpassable

28 Jul 2008 10:29am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine!... Photoshop CS3 makes it easy to convert deep blue skies to black like this.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful scenery and sky. The black and white tones are wonderful.

28 Jul 2008 11:56am

@Laurie: Thanks very much Laurie!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

And another beautiful sight! (The weather in your part of the world seems to be way better than it is usually told...)

28 Jul 2008 12:06pm

@MadScientist: Thanks!....the weather has been very mixed this summer which can make for great conditions for photography (it would drive me mad if the sky was exactly the same every day)

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

A dramatic sky in a well composed frame.

28 Jul 2008 12:30pm

@António Pires: Thanks Antonio!

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

Superb, full of drama!

28 Jul 2008 2:33pm

@ManuelaR: Thanks very much Manuela!

Kaddy from Mumbai, India

very beautiful shot!!!

28 Jul 2008 3:59pm

@Kaddy: Thanks Kaddy!

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good image. A splendid landscape in b/w,. I like very much that sky, the deepth and the composition

28 Jul 2008 5:47pm

@Paco Díaz: Thanks Paco.....I had good light for that photo which allowed me to do more with it when I converted it to B&W.

Veronelle from Lens, France

beautifull B&W

28 Jul 2008 5:48pm

@Veronelle: Thanks Veronelle!

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

yes, you always present such impressive skies -- amazingly so! and i love how the sky is literally black! is that because you use a yellow filter? always so clean and dynamic! gorgeous!

28 Jul 2008 8:02pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks!....I use Photoshop CS3 which has a really good dedicated B&W conversion tool with sliders for each of the main colours such as blue, cyan, yellow, green etc. This allows really good control over how these colours get converted to B&W tones.

On this photo it has allowed me to convert the deep blue of the sky on the original image to this solid black.

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

your handleling of B&W impress me !

28 Jul 2008 9:01pm

@Pouhou: Thanks Pouhou!

drum from carcavelos, Portugal

excellent PP work
great contrast and balance

28 Jul 2008 9:16pm

@drum: Thanks very much Drum!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great shot Ian!

28 Jul 2008 10:07pm

@Ted: Thanks Ted!

Vincent Bertrand from Montréal, Canada

I don't know what to say anymore, each picture you show us is a piece of pure art. Thanks for sharing, Ian!

28 Jul 2008 11:00pm

@Vincent Bertrand: Thanks very much Vincent....what a nice thing to say!

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

I'm loving your b/w processing, Ian!! What are you doing differently? The skies are coming out so perfectly black and clouds so white.

29 Jul 2008 3:13am

@amy: Thanks Amy....I'm really pleased that you think I'm improving as I've been processing a lot of my photos in B&W recently. I guess there's two main resons for any improvement you can see - firstly I've been using CS3 for about 4 months now so I'm getting more experienced with the dedicated CS3 B&W converter tool and it's colour sliders. Secondly, lots of practice (and frustration when things go wrong).

Believe it or not it's only in the last few weeks that I've started to use the dodge and burn tools and those alone made a big difference to getting good deep blacks and whiter whites. Before, I simply used to select an area of the photo and then 'shadow-highlight' it. Dodge and burn is much better especially with the different modes in which it can be set. Coming from a pen and ink architectural background it feels really natural to me when used with a digitiser tablet and pen instead of a mouse.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

There is so much detail here to be seen...your tones are incredible, as is your composition.

29 Jul 2008 7:27pm

1/640 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)