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High Key

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 29 December 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

This high key conversion was created for Silly Tuesday (I know that we are supposed to be taking a break, but I am addicted!). In Silver Efex, I jerked sliders all over the place.

PERSPECTIVE ON PHOTOGRAPHY - The sphere of digital, especially the digital darkroom, has opened whole new worlds for photographers. Many of us who have been doing photography for 30-40 years or more (I've been at it for 60 years) can be somewhat closed to new realms of creativity. We can be unbelievable judgmental about work that doesn't fit the norms to which have been accustomed. This is especially true when it comes to color. We tend to be more open about B&W; maybe that is because B&W has long had significant diversity. We don't seem to expect B&W to look the way that we saw it. Emotional impact is integral to B&W. In the 60s, the work of Ansel Adams had a strong effect on me. And there is not a doubt in my mind that if Ansel Adams were alive today, he would be exploring HDR and all of the phenomenal possibilities that contemporary software offers. Personally I applaud those photographers who are creating works of art that move outside of the box. This coming year, I hope to do much more when it comes to play, experimentation, being outrageous, taking wild risks. I don't have a clue as to where this will lead, but I expect it to be one heck of a ride. (PS - when the Impressionists came on the scene, classical painters hated them, but the public loved them.)

NIKON D700 1/250 second F/13.0 ISO 200 40 mm (35mm equiv.)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Then, Happy Silly Tuesday :)) Silly and Lovely effects :))

29 Dec 2009 5:44am

PATRICK from miramas, France

another good traitement

29 Dec 2009 5:52am

Ajay from Pune, India

Your photographs are already perfect, Jack. I don't think you need to use control points. Well... for fun sometimes... like this one. :-)

29 Dec 2009 6:12am

@Ajay: This one didn't involve control points; just sliders. In 2010, I plan to push the envelope all over the place. As I said in my commentary, I don't have a clue as to what this specifically means.

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Ahh at least you know its for the silliness of it :) On a more serious note, don't think this works :P

29 Dec 2009 6:26am

@Nicholas: It's my favorite of the three shots. I think that it some qualities of an ink drawing. Get ready to see stuff much wilder than this! It won't be a daily occurrence, but I was quite serious in my commentary today.

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

you have created a great picture:)

29 Dec 2009 7:26am

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

Great vision, a peace of human world in nature. Kisses

29 Dec 2009 8:21am

@Peggy M.: Merci chere amie.

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Impressive sight in high-key! It attracts me a lot this effect but it is difficult for me to do it! Thanks for the lengthy explanation to the top of the page! Kisses? (it's possible?) Adela

29 Dec 2009 8:32am

Florence from Paris, France

Really well done but I still prefer the one posted yesterday Jack even if there are obvious technical qualities here.

29 Dec 2009 9:29am

@Florence: You surprised me, Florence.

[email protected] from Paris, France

Now you play a lot with your tools ;) Nice game and the sensations sure change with the treatment, here close to snow with emotion added by the high-key*

29 Dec 2009 9:33am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

An unreal effect in high key ! I'm addicted too, no break ;-))

29 Dec 2009 9:57am

Mhélène from Paris, France

A beautiful highkey ! Wa all are addicted to Silly Tuesday ...!:-)

29 Dec 2009 10:20am

Barbara from Florida, United States

I like the strength left in the bridge line. I agree at pushing the creative directions that passions can take us.
I imagine if you were a painter splashing paint all over the canvass. (a smile with that comment)

29 Dec 2009 10:54am

@Barbara: That's right; me and Jackson Pollack :))

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I still like the good colors your captured in the original, but this would be 2nd best for me ... and it is fun to get our creative juices running and to get out of 'the box'. Good job, Jack!

29 Dec 2009 11:06am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I still like the color you captured in your original, but this comes in second for me!
It's good to get our of the 'box' and let our creative juices flow ... good job!

29 Dec 2009 11:07am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

nice high-key !

29 Dec 2009 11:08am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Well done, three variations on an only theme :))

29 Dec 2009 11:13am

Jerry from Tampa, United States

You are already doing it! We all feel and see different - this image elicits emotion and/or thought - the goal of all art~ Happy New Year!

29 Dec 2009 11:16am

masoud from tehran, Iran

Beautiful shot, great perspective!

29 Dec 2009 11:20am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I would love to see a splash of colour in this hk version, maybe the bridge alone or only water and sky. But for a silly tuesday it works fine as it is =)
I love contrasts very much, so I´m more at home with the 2 others version, especially yesterday´s. The colours in the original are also great but the structures of the bridge are more intensive in bw. Cheers, Daniela

29 Dec 2009 12:06pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Oh, and good luck for your creative adventure - I´m sure there will some pearls! ;)

29 Dec 2009 12:08pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

That's so silly lol ;)

29 Dec 2009 12:48pm

Momo from Montpellier, France

high key works, so did yesterday's, beautifully...and sliders all over the place, man, so much easier than working in the old darkroom...but some days i feel like turning off all the lights, shutting the windows and screwing a red safe light into my lamp while i work on my computer, just for the ambiance :-)

29 Dec 2009 1:18pm

@Momo: Oh Morris, I can even smell it :))

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

its amazing ... nice contrast
Merry X-Mas and Happy New Year

29 Dec 2009 2:51pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

I like also this hi key version

29 Dec 2009 2:57pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

beautifully done.

29 Dec 2009 3:28pm

Slackwater - don from spokane, United States

I like this infrared look very much. I've like the other versions too, but this one "out of the box" shows your move beyond the normal limits very clearly. Worthwhile experimentation!

29 Dec 2009 4:29pm

@Slackwater - don: Thanks, Don. What I have found is that when you play around, you learn all sorts of things that can be extremely helpful in your ongoing photography.

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Great effect. Has the look of infared

29 Dec 2009 5:03pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

You see Jack, now you have me relishing the prospect of your wilder side coming through. I am always open to all forms of art, and not least in photography where I have never believed in boundaries nor rules, though my own images are never much more than three degrees off conventional. I love to see experimentation in all it's forms in other people's work, as diversity makes the world go round in my opinion. Good on you, Jack

29 Dec 2009 5:29pm

@SOUL AFLAME: Thank you, Paul. Again, it is so nice to have you back on Am3.

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Interesting shot, well done.

29 Dec 2009 5:45pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Hooray! I am all for art as a personal expression....To me it's all about what makes us happy and helps make us whole :)
Have you tried Painter? it is so much fun to turn photos into paintings!

29 Dec 2009 6:30pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy. Regarding Painter, I'm trying to cut back on the number of plug-ins that I use. My goal is to go deeper rather than broader. But thanks for the recommendation.

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Wow - stunning effect, to say the least! What's the origin of "Silly Tuesday"?

29 Dec 2009 6:30pm

@dabbler: Liners (Caroline) in New Zealand started it some time ago. ( She's away right now, but she is the one to talk to when she gets back. It's designed to have one day each week for lightening up and just having fun.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Silly, silly. I forgot it was silly tuesday. I'm on vacation one more week, and the days are all vacation days.

29 Dec 2009 6:43pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Thanks for the intro to new (new to me) terminology. Good results while experimenting with high key.

29 Dec 2009 7:01pm

Frances Berry from Athens, GA, United States

I love this one! Thanks for the inspirational words. I want to experiment more, with everything! And not apologize for it either. As always, you are an inspiration!

29 Dec 2009 7:50pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

I like the high-key look, also liked your first one, the color version.
There is a whole world is out sense not to partake.
I'll look forward to more of your photographic adventures !!!

29 Dec 2009 8:44pm

@Dulcie: Most of my stuff will be what you have come to expect. However, with some frequency, I want to have more fun experimenting. By the way, I just ran this shot through Viveza 2 and added some "Structure." You might want to check it out.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Almost looks infrared.

29 Dec 2009 9:01pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

No for me... too much exaggerated and excessive...

29 Dec 2009 9:10pm

@Francesc B.: That's the whole point of high key.

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

this is not Silly Tuesday..It is the Great Artistic Tuesday...beautiful transformation of the photo! best of the three for me too...

29 Dec 2009 10:39pm

@dkc: Don't you just love the diversity of opinions in the photographic community?

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

A different take from all your previous rich captures.

29 Dec 2009 11:07pm

@Mirza Ahmad: Definitely different!

Laura Abigail from Belgium

amazing picture, i love the effect!

29 Dec 2009 11:08pm

@Laura Abigail: Thank you.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Way to move it out of the box!!! I like what ya did here, and I'm thrilled to read your Perspective on Photography today.....Look forward to seeing all you come up with this year!!!!

29 Dec 2009 11:45pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a third version very successful; excellent hight key, jack

29 Dec 2009 11:48pm

@marc battault: Merci mon ami.

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

So many ways to process one image. Even frostier than the last. A lot of high contrast but still good definition.

30 Dec 2009 12:52am

@Self-Indulgence: Thanks, Kris.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I still prefer the color version but it is a good practise to try different BW possibilities.

30 Dec 2009 1:09am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I prefer the second version. This just seems too washed out.

30 Dec 2009 4:36am

@Michael Rawluk: That's what high key is all about.

Bishop from Houston, United States

I like the second one better, too... too much detail seems to have washed out here! :)

30 Dec 2009 5:38am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

It is not surprising that software is not almighty, but it is definitely right that software opens a new world. I agree to your attitude. Actually I prefer second one (or first one), but I believe you will present masterpieces by making full use of Silver Efex in 2010.

30 Dec 2009 12:51pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

all three versions are fantastic in their own personal taste seems to have me gravitating towards yesterday's 'high structure'...but I do love how this one seems almost as though everything is covered in snow! wonderful work.

30 Dec 2009 1:48pm

Krisu from Tampere, Finland

Love all three of them!

30 Dec 2009 10:33pm