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Foam and Sky

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 29 April 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

When converted, Foam becomes Foam and Sky. Putting this in B&W really makes a difference with the sky.

"For me photography is a mirror of life, and every photo that is even worth looking at must be a reflection of life -- of reality, nature, man and his activity, from art to war."
Andreas Feininger

Nikon D700 1/1000 second F/10.0 ISO 200 70 mm (35mm equiv.)

Bill Jennings from Los Altos (Bay Area Calif), United States

Great quote and even better image - the detail in the foreground is stunning. Well done.

29 Apr 2009 5:18am

@Bill Jennings: Thanks, Bill. Sometimes it amazes me what a difference a simple conversion to B&W makes.

Lylou & Roland from France

Nice place really nicely caught in B&W Jack !

29 Apr 2009 5:34am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

traitement très intéressant !

29 Apr 2009 5:37am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent traitement in b&w good job!!!!!!!!!!

29 Apr 2009 5:38am

-C16H25NØ2- from Persia, Iran

Excellent shot and processing

29 Apr 2009 5:57am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld (Old Pembroke Dock boy,Wales), Germany

Amazing textures and detail,great shot !!

29 Apr 2009 6:21am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Thanks, Anthony.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

beautiful -- you could call it foamy sky!!! :) lovely work, although i think the color version is my favorite -- however the sky is so much more dramatic here!!

29 Apr 2009 6:42am

@dj.tigersprout: I love posting both just to see people's preferences.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

WOW!!! I LIKE it!!! Nice work Jack!!!

29 Apr 2009 6:58am

@Linerberry: Thanks, Caroline.

Vink from Grasse, France

Dramatic landscape ! I like it !

29 Apr 2009 7:03am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Presque un tableau

29 Apr 2009 7:12am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Also great in B&W!

29 Apr 2009 7:53am

k@ from Paris, France

Fabulous textures of your B&W, I love it a lot and a lot !!!

29 Apr 2009 8:02am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Cela donne très différent de celle en couleur... un autre monde... j'aime

29 Apr 2009 8:31am

dan from Paris, France

La beauté en démesure !

29 Apr 2009 8:33am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Simplement fabuleux! dans le style des gravures de Gustave Doré!!!

29 Apr 2009 8:37am

@Mathilde Collot: Thank you.

amirreza from tehran, Iran

great b&w shot
nice compo

29 Apr 2009 9:39am

Denise from Perry, United States

Wow, what a beautiful photo! B&W is perfect here.

29 Apr 2009 9:53am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Just beautiful! The details are amazing. Very well done.

29 Apr 2009 10:13am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Excellent b/w. Really draws out the detail.

29 Apr 2009 10:29am

zOOm from Paris, France

Foam and sky look like coton ! Incredible rendering Jack ! A great mono indeed.

29 Apr 2009 10:36am

@zOOm: Thanks, Florence.

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

oh it's a beautiful landscape ! It looks like a dream !

29 Apr 2009 10:55am

@Peggy M.: Thank you, Peggy.

"Marie" :-) from perth, Haiti

Detail is really strong in B&W..... great processing Jack.

29 Apr 2009 11:48am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

A lot of texture in this shot. I am a colour person as you may know, but I love this shot. Great processing Jack.

29 Apr 2009 12:08pm

@Lee: Thanks, Lee.

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

The sky is stunning and the foam and rocks also so all this make a great photo !

29 Apr 2009 12:14pm

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Along with the sky, I think the conversion really brings out the detail in the rocks in the foreground. You asked a couple of days ago why I liked a shot in b/w as opposed to color. I think I tend to focus on colors when they are present and judge an image in regard to the quality of those colors. When there are no colors, my eye is drawn to textures and subtle changes of light. I think I find those things more interesting since they aren't things I see every day.

29 Apr 2009 12:27pm

@Chris Parr: I agree.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

That sky really grabs you. Beautiful.

29 Apr 2009 12:29pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

EXCELLENT image ! Love the quote !

29 Apr 2009 1:56pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Canada

A dramatic landscape shot, enhanced by the b/w treatment, bravo!

29 Apr 2009 2:40pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

lunar composition

29 Apr 2009 2:41pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

The sky definitely becomes more dramatic, but I'm still a sucker for the real color of the ocean and skies, so my fave is still the original......

29 Apr 2009 2:49pm

@Susan: That's because you are a colorful gal!!

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

HDR works wonders, the record is so amazing,a strong and dramatic light, another world that shine so hard, without pain, without words, just in view of the ocean exploding. It's so wild here, I remain to forget ... great job Jack, you are very talented .. thank you

29 Apr 2009 3:09pm

@Alivia: Thanks, Dane. Actually the HDR type of effect was created in the color version. This is pretty much a simply conversion to B&W of the color version.

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

It's you're interpretation after all, but I find it so sharp and graphic as to remove the atmosphere. best...jerry

29 Apr 2009 3:09pm

@ordinaryimages: That may be why it comes off better in color. The conversion was pretty much a simple, straight conversion. This is one of the reasons that one should go back to the original NEF file to do the B&W conversion. In the future, I'll keep that in mind. (PS - when I went back to start from scratch, I found that I had done something that I almost never do, at least not until it is on a disc; I had trashed the original NEF file. So I'll just have to call this a learning experience.)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

WOW!!!! This one is absolutely fabulous!!!! The processing makes it feel "edgy" and sharp. It makes the whole subject feel very stormy...I love it!

29 Apr 2009 3:25pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy. As I mentioned earlier, it is a pretty straight conversion from the color version, which has a bit of an HDR effect. People tend to either strongly like the effect; or strongly dislike it. Jerry dislikes what it does to the atmosphere. I like what it does to the clouds.

noxeus from Girona, Spain


29 Apr 2009 4:08pm

alex centrella from United States

wow..amazing image !

29 Apr 2009 4:18pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I read your comment about trashing the original. That is the good thing about RAW. The original stays intact unless you actually delete it.
I am a big b+w fan and like this even though the sky seems slightly overdone.

29 Apr 2009 4:19pm

@Michael Rawluk: The problem was, Michael, that I did delete it. The best that I can figure is that it was an accident. I almost never delete RAW files until they are on a disc; and I certainly don't delete a RAW file that is the basis for work done on what might be a keeper. I still have tons of files from that trip that deserve to be deleted.

LauraS from Chico, United States

This is incredible. Love the popping white of both clouds and surf.

29 Apr 2009 4:38pm

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Tremendous drama with this in B&W.
The color version looks tame compared to this one.
Both are exceptional.

29 Apr 2009 4:46pm

@Barbara: Thanks, Barb.

Ajay from Pune, India

Oh yes, it does. The sky looks ever more powerful here. I love this mono tone really.

29 Apr 2009 4:58pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Turbulent sky and water. A great photo.

29 Apr 2009 5:06pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


29 Apr 2009 5:13pm

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Well done, nice treatment !

29 Apr 2009 5:56pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful sky, great composition

29 Apr 2009 6:15pm

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

like the bw here, little to contrasty for my taste but great impact

29 Apr 2009 6:28pm

@shallowregret: Nothing reveals our human diversity more than photography does. Furthermore, much of what I post, I would not print and put up on my wall.

Sarah Schneider Photography from Lancaster, United States

I love it both ways. =)

29 Apr 2009 6:55pm

@Sarah Schneider Photography: Thanks, Sarah.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent traitement!

29 Apr 2009 7:47pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Thank you, Mo.

29 Apr 2009 8:04pm

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

I see what you have done and I like it, either way its great

29 Apr 2009 8:06pm

@P J W Miller: Thank you, Peter. The only way that sometimes can make a decision is to print it; my preference seems more clear with the hard copy.

Christian from Mantes La Jolie, France

An impressive post process!!

29 Apr 2009 8:07pm

@Christian: Thank you, Christian. What really created the post-processing look is the way the color version was processed. The conversion to B&W was fairly straight forward from the color version. To be honest, I was surprised at how that simple conversion to monochrome looked.

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

what brilliant processing and a superb image for black and white

29 Apr 2009 8:39pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A very good image, well taken and processed.

29 Apr 2009 8:47pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you, Ana.

Bill Brown from California, United States

Excellent B&W image. The shart foregroung really brings out the depth of the image.

29 Apr 2009 10:16pm

@Bill Brown: Thanks, Bill.

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

What a great special b/w work. Nice work!!!

29 Apr 2009 10:56pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Holy smokes, that is GOOD!

30 Apr 2009 1:28am

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Great in B&W!!

30 Apr 2009 1:35am

observing from North West, United Kingdom

Superb highlight contrasts, and great definition and sharpness.

30 Apr 2009 1:51am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

awesome in B&W love this.

30 Apr 2009 4:05am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

An instant! this is absolutely lovely.. a great b&w capture.. i do like this ...superb scene..that cloudscape is awesome...

30 Apr 2009 4:16am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful shot and very beautiful treatment

30 Apr 2009 4:42am

Momo from Montpellier, France

amazing pp...clouds look like steel floating in the sky...the ocean and land also look like metal, well, at least on my laptop's screen...very cool...

30 Apr 2009 9:14am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Excellent b&w conversion! Love the contrast level, which brings my eye to the detail and texture of the surroundings. The sky is incredible!

30 Apr 2009 5:02pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Really love the high contrast with this in b/w... Excellent!!!

1 May 2009 4:09am

willow from Chelsea, United States

The B&W makes the scene kind of surreal. Very cool.

2 May 2009 1:05am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

You are right--the focus of the image changes when in B&W. Lovely to have two different images from one photo.

3 May 2009 10:53am