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    Let's continue with my Swiss trek. I crawled back up to the path. The knees
    were painful. The Backpack was wet, but otherwise man and equipment seemed to be in service.

    The path was narrow. On my right it fell of sharply towards the valley below.


    The weather was not threatening. It was a cold and mystical scene. But my fall
    brought me back to look at the path and try to fasten my pace before the light
    started failing me..

    The descent seemed to never let up. I had tried to contact Ayesha on the mobile but had no response. Looked at the path, the valley to the right and carefully but purposefully started moving forward with a perceptible limp.
    This entire series is really amazing work. Thank you for sharing. (And for increasing my lust of some Zeiss glass for my Nikons!)

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    Jaw Dropping Beauty!
    Rayyan..Thank For Your Kind Comments Earlier My Friend!
    Steve: Grateful sir. And you are welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    +1
    Rayyan, in addition to the incredible view the level of details is stunning!
    Corlan, I too am pleasantly surprised at that little 50mm. Thank you for the kind words.

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    This entire series is really amazing work. Thank you for sharing. (And for increasing my lust of some Zeiss glass for my Nikons!)
    Lloyd: Much appreciated my friend. You must give a zf a try.

    Gentlemen

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    Back in Alsace..


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    Great photos, Lloyd. I particularly like these two:
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    Lloyd: Thank you! I'm truly envious of your "once in a lifetime" experience.

    Lloyd: Pretty incredible endeavor and experience that you're participating in! This looks like the middle of nowhere. Your photos really convey his singular effort (even with the support and fellow runners). The second photo, above, with the 200-400 sums it up for me.

    Also, his shoes look like they have 2" thick soles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Lloyd,

    What a endeavour! What a story!
    So well told, instructive and nicely illustrated that's it's hard to pick a favorite moment.

    Overall, it feels like a sum of intimate moments placed on a nearly infinite perspective... a parable of life?

    Thanks for taking us along for that day, from sunrise to sunset.
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    LLoyd...In ALL Seriousness, This Story & Photo Essay Needs To Be In Nat-Geo & Runner's World & A Slew Of Other Magazines! The Images Are Amazing & The Story Should Be Spread Across The Globe!!!
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    Hi Lloyd: Seems to be John Ford's season. Grand settings, brilliant photography. The second and third ones are outstanding.
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    Lloyd: Outstanding work Lloyd. The shots of Karl deserve a magazine place.
    Lovely compositions capturing the landscape and the lone runner. Lovely work.
    In all seriousness, I'm grateful for your kind responses. This has been quite a journey for me as well. Karl is a friend, and even more than that, he's a good and humble man. He doesn't think what he's doing is special or heroic, and he thinks those on the team are the ones who have it hard. (By the way, there are usually three people on the support team, including a physiologist, who tracks his vitals, tests his blood, and monitors his overall nutrition. This wasn't something he asked for, but his sponsors thought it would be interesting to see how his body responded. Leslie, the scientist, told me that the adaptations he's made so far have "been incredible". She's been genuinely astounded by what she's seeing. It will be very interesting to see her final report.) Of what he's doing, Karl simply says, "I just run."

    It was great to be able to document even a small portion of the run. (There are some other photographers, and a film crew (Red Bull's idea, of course) who will be joining the group over the next couple of weeks.) I was watching his progress today on the interactive map, and wishing so much that I could go back for more!

    Matt, in answer to your question about his shoes (a keen observation on your part, btw), yes, they do have very large soles. Karl has been very loyal to a different brand of shoes for years, and even had very a substantial sponsorship contract with them for the past two years. However, on a lark, he tried these, in his words, "weird shoes", and was immediately hooked. He called his sponsor and said he needed to be dropped from their support. He decided he'd run in these new ones, even if he was paying for them out-of-pocket! Of course, the company that makes them got wind of it, and he doesn't have to pay. And because of his enthusiasm about them, and given his status in the ultrarunning world, their sales have shot through the roof. The brand is HOKA. I've tried them, but found the upper hit my ankle in an uncomforable way. However, with a little friendly arm twisting to from Karl, administered while we were running together, and based on his suggestion that I perform a little "surgery" on the shoes, I'll be getting a pair in the very near future. And, they have a road version, which will be available starting in about February. Also, despite the rather substantial look of the shoes, they are amazingly light.

    Again, I greatly appreciate the reception given the story and the images. Very much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fultonpics View Post
    Hi folks...back from Hawaii. Here's one from tonight--'Flying Cardinal'. Stanford took care of USC 37-35
    Great shot!! Perfect timing, as always, Bob.

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    At the playground:
    Priceless.

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    Back in Alsace..

    Innovative & Gorgeous! I Need A Prescription For Both!

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    Innovative & Gorgeous! I Need A Prescription For Both!
    That make two of us.

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    You captured the essence of Alsace; Rayyan!


    (pun intended... for Ayesha)

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    Not so far, north of Rayyan's Alsace.

    A view of one the (in)famous WWI battlefields. Several major battles happened there, in particular a large part of the dreadful 1917's Nivelle Offensive. Huge artillery on both sides, no trenches (more "caves"). Almost half a million lives gone in 10 days.

    Today's landscape is serene, with little scars of those days sheer destruction.
    But there's still something special on the air, like a suspended, idle mix of sadness and beauty.

    I waited for the light...






    D3X // 20-35 @ 25mm f8
    (sorry for the large width - it's already heavily downsized)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Not so far, north of Rayyan's Alsace.

    A view of one the (in)famous WWI battlefields. Several major battles happened there, in particular a large part of the dreadful 1917's Nivelle Offensive. Huge artillery on both sides, no trenches (more "caves"). Almost half a million lives gone in 10 days.

    Today's landscape is serene, with little scars of those days sheer destruction.
    But there's still something special on the air, like a suspended, idle mix of sadness and beauty.

    I waited for the light...


    D3X // 20-35 @ 25mm f8
    (sorry for the large width - it's already heavily downsized)
    Sobering. Beautiful image. I really like the treatment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    Sobering. Beautiful image. I really like the treatment.
    Well Said & Agree!

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    At the playground:
    Hacker: Beautiful photos. Great framing, color, selective focus, and expressions.

    Quote Originally Posted by fultonpics View Post
    Hi folks...back from Hawaii. Here's one from tonight--'Flying Cardinal'. Stanford took care of USC 37-35
    Bob: Excellent capture! Look like he's at the high point and coming down. Terrific that there was nothing but air between him and the stands.

    Quote Originally Posted by shtarka1 View Post
    ...Matt, Beautiful Expanse & PP!...
    Steve: Thank you, my friend.

    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    ...
    Matt: Congrats on the new lens. Yes lovely Abby. Need to see more from this lens...
    Rayyan: Thank you! Didn't get much opportunity to use it today.

    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Matt: Epic landscapes presented in a dramatic and grand scale. The BW treatment lends majesty to the setting.
    Rayyan: Thank you very much. I'm learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    ...

    Strange camera settings making for unsual results.
    Coundn't guess you were in a hurry there, a bit of of a gloomy mood though.

    Fav framing is the first one, though the wider angles give more justice to the spectacular clouds' cover geometry.


    One thing for sure: nobody would guess they're from an Interstate rest stop! Is it the I-90? Would have bet more on W-12 (or 2, upper north) in the vicinity.

    (i confess just checking the map for SR12 - remember well US2 though, from Glacier to Everett. Was a bit disappointed at the time (October 2002?) except for the last NF part.)
    Corlan: Thanks. I went back to the car and changed the lens to the 28-300mm because I didn't want to climb the barbed wire fence. Yeah, there are a lot of nicer roads then I-90; at least in Washington. It's the longest Interstate in the US at 3,099.07 miles. Terminates in Seattle at Safeco and Qwest Fields and in Boston near Logan Airport. Cheers, Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Let's continue with my Swiss trek. I crawled back up to the path. The knees
    were painful. The Backpack was wet, but otherwise man and equipment seemed to be in service.
    The path was narrow. On my right it fell of sharply towards the valley below.
    The weather was not threatening. It was a cold and mystical scene. But my fall
    brought me back to look at the path and try to fasten my pace before the light
    started failing me..
    The descent seemed to never let up. I had tried to contact Ayesha on the mobile but had no response. Looked at the path, the valley to the right and carefully but purposefully started moving forward with a perceptible limp.
    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Back in Alsace..
    Rayyan: It's like one of those "serials" that they had at movies when i was a kid (recycled ones...I'm not that old). Fortunately (I hope), we won't have to wait until next week to see what happens. Going down's always harder, and since you're not a kid, I won't admonish you for hiking alone.

    Beautiful photos looking down into the valley and the trail ahead. I esp. like the way you caught the light and cloud in the first.

    The "Alsace" image is very well done. Film-like colors and great shadows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Not so far, north of Rayyan's Alsace.

    A view of one the (in)famous WWI battlefields. Several major battles happened there, in particular a large part of the dreadful 1917's Nivelle Offensive. Huge artillery on both sides, no trenches (more "caves"). Almost half a million lives gone in 10 days.

    Today's landscape is serene, with little scars of those days sheer destruction.
    But there's still something special on the air, like a suspended, idle mix of sadness and beauty.

    I waited for the light...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    Sobering. Beautiful image. I really like the treatment.
    Quote Originally Posted by shtarka1 View Post
    Well Said & Agree!
    Corlan: +1, +1. Very well done! PP sympathetic to the landscape and the history. I think at places like that you can feel "something special on the air, like a suspended, idle mix of sadness and beauty". Very evocative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Not so far, north of Rayyan's Alsace.

    A view of one the (in)famous WWI battlefields. Several major battles happened there, in particular a large part of the dreadful 1917's Nivelle Offensive. Huge artillery on both sides, no trenches (more "caves"). Almost half a million lives gone in 10 days.

    Today's landscape is serene, with little scars of those days sheer destruction.
    But there's still something special on the air, like a suspended, idle mix of sadness and beauty.

    I waited for the light...


    D3X // 20-35 @ 25mm f8
    (sorry for the large width - it's already heavily downsized)
    Beautiful landscape photo. I do think I would have preferred the sky a bit darker and with a bit more definition though. Not a major thing, but still.

    Is that the 20-35 AF? Does it still perform well with all your megapixels? I've been considering that lens more times than I can count, but since I still don't own an FX camera, it's on hold until.... until I give in

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    Here's the color versions of the three earlier posted B&W's. Cheers, Matt.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Not so far, north of Rayyan's Alsace.

    A view of one the (in)famous WWI battlefields. Several major battles happened there, in particular a large part of the dreadful 1917's Nivelle Offensive. Huge artillery on both sides, no trenches (more "caves"). Almost half a million lives gone in 10 days.

    Today's landscape is serene, with little scars of those days sheer destruction.
    But there's still something special on the air, like a suspended, idle mix of sadness and beauty.

    I waited for the light...






    D3X // 20-35 @ 25mm f8
    (sorry for the large width - it's already heavily downsized)
    Corlan, I could cry, just by looking at the photo after reading your caption. This is photography at its best. Thank you, my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtarka1 View Post
    Innovative & Gorgeous! I Need A Prescription For Both!
    Steve: Many thanks my friend.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    That make two of us.
    Lloyd: So much appreciated, sir.

    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    You captured the essence of Alsace; Rayyan!


    (pun intended... for Ayesha)
    Corlan: Grateful pal. I was trying to capture the ' spirit ' of the place

    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    Rayyan: It's like one of those "serials" that they had at movies when i was a kid (recycled ones...I'm not that old). Fortunately (I hope), we won't have to wait until next week to see what happens. Going down's always harder, and since you're not a kid, I won't admonish you for hiking alone.

    Beautiful photos looking down into the valley and the trail ahead. I esp. like the way you caught the light and cloud in the first.

    The "Alsace" image is very well done. Film-like colors and great shadows.

    Cheers, Matt

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    Matt: Much appreciated Matt. Just 4 more hours to go
    Very perceptive of you Matt. The ' Alsace ' captures have been run thru a velvia 50 filter.

    You guys are swell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Not so far, north of Rayyan's Alsace.

    A view of one the (in)famous WWI battlefields. Several major battles happened there, in particular a large part of the dreadful 1917's Nivelle Offensive. Huge artillery on both sides, no trenches (more "caves"). Almost half a million lives gone in 10 days.

    Today's landscape is serene, with little scars of those days sheer destruction.
    But there's still something special on the air, like a suspended, idle mix of sadness and beauty.

    I waited for the light...






    D3X // 20-35 @ 25mm f8
    (sorry for the large width - it's already heavily downsized)
    Corlan, as others have already mentioned..a somber, haunting and thoughtful
    capture. beautifully done. The BW treatment is in synch with the history of the place. Excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    Here's the color versions of the three earlier posted B&W's. Cheers, Matt.







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    Matt: By themselves these color versions are very dramatic. But once having seen them in your super BW treatment, I have to go for the BW. The impart
    drama and foretell of impending storms!!

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    Back to my hike. However much I might have wanted to hurry along ( Matt indeed I am not young in the body!! ), my knees and aching body were beginning to falter.

    Light..Suddenly I saw glimpses of clear sunlight! There was a bridge. I was not lost after all. I tried to quickly reach the bridge..


    I felt warmer, physically and mentally. As good a place as any to sit down for a while, have a cookie and let the mind and soul wander aimlessly. Sat by the crystal clear waters of a fast flowing stream by the bridge..


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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    Here's the color versions of the three earlier posted B&W's. Cheers, Matt.

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    Matt, i'm with Rayyan here with a slight preference for the monochromes. Notwithstanding, the color versions testifies to how fulsome the skies and light were. It must have been wuite a sight.



    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Back to my hike. However much I might have wanted to hurry along ( Matt indeed I am not young in the body!! ), my knees and aching body were beginning to falter.

    Light..Suddenly I saw glimpses of clear sunlight! There was a bridge. I was not lost after all. I tried to quickly reach the bridge..

    I felt warmer, physically and mentally. As good a place as any to sit down for a while, have a cookie and let the mind and soul wander aimlessly. Sat by the crystal clear waters of a fast flowing stream by the bridge..
    OK, i want a cookie now.
    Same scenery, please.


    (agreed, Rayyan... "spirit" is of the "essence"... )


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    Matt, The Color Pops But You Know Where My Heart Rests! Still Wonderful To Look At & Dream About!

    Rayyan...Make That A "Triple " On The Cookie & The 3 Of Us Can Reminisce About Days Gone By When Our Muscles & Joints Didn't Pain Us So Much!
    Enjoyable Series!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    Sobering. Beautiful image. I really like the treatment.
    Quote Originally Posted by shtarka1 View Post
    Well Said & Agree!

    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Corlan, as others have already mentioned..a somber, haunting and thoughtful
    capture. beautifully done. The BW treatment is in synch with the history of the place. Excellent.
    Thanks Lloyd, Steve, Rayyan. Sobering indeed.
    I guess that's the word which defines best what you feel there in regard to the petty materialism in our modern (western) lives.

    Haunting place, for sure.



    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    Corlan: +1, +1. Very well done! PP sympathetic to the landscape and the history. I think at places like that you can feel "something special on the air, like a suspended, idle mix of sadness and beauty". Very evocative.

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    Thanks Matt.
    And sorry for the slightly pedantic presentation. Though this time it's not exactly "funny".



    Quote Originally Posted by otumay View Post
    Corlan, I could cry, just by looking at the photo after reading your caption. This is photography at its best. Thank you, my friend.
    Osman, your words are humbling.
    After all with our cameras we're mere vehicles of larger places, stories and people.



    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Beautiful landscape photo. I do think I would have preferred the sky a bit darker and with a bit more definition though. Not a major thing, but still.

    Jorgen, thanks. Also for taking the time to raise this quite interesting and valid point.

    It's indeed the very decision i had to make when processing this image -without being sure. I eventually opted for a tad blurred, understated sky just because i wanted place as much emphasis and focus on the grounds, where the memory of these historic events lays.

    But you have such an exercised eye that you guessed right and saw right through the manipulation: the sky was indeed much more dramatic -to the extent of being possibly overwhelming with regard to the previous comment.

    That said, i'll let you judge... further opinions are much appreciated.

    Here's in order (clickable thumnails)

    1/ the original crop, color version -not much of work and no color correction.
    (note: for some reason i originally processed this batch in C1 and as mentionned before its basic profiles colors are a bit funky on the D3X files - i slightly corrected them in PS, but a re work from the RAW file in NX2 would be beneficial)

    2/ original crop with the same BW treatment, before tuning the sky down (blur+ligthen+a marginal touch of blue cast)

    3/ same as #2, but with the final crop presentation as posted above.



    Thanks all for your thoughts, if any

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Is that the 20-35 AF? Does it still perform well with all your megapixels? I've been considering that lens more times than I can count, but since I still don't own an FX camera, it's on hold until.... until I give in
    Yes, the 20-35 AF.
    Not the "ultra sharpest" of the bunch, but very good. It handles quite well all around, and AF is super fast.

    I needed a reasonnably fast wide prime to complete the kit... i shot before with ZF 21 35, considered to get the 28... Nikkors such as the 20 and 24 were also a possibility (a good copy of the 20 is hard-to-find, and often expansive).

    Since i'm not much of a WA shooter (10% of my shots maybe?) and not much more at 35mm (don't ask me why, but it's a FL which my brain does'nt seem to compute when taking a photo), i finally made an exception to the "primes only" philosophy when i found this one with an affordable price tag. Briefly tried the 16-35 -did that with the 17-35 in the past, but felt right at home with the ol' 20-35mm. Barrel distortion is acceptable (not really worse than the ZF 21 @ 20mmm on this criteria). Colors and contrast are OK.

    It's flexible and covers my needs in this focal range. Being a hardcore 50/105 (+200mm when i have one) shooter, i'm a happy camper.

    Overall, for me and for now, it's a no brainer.

    Using it on a DX body should be even better, for all the reasons you're well aware of. Vignetting, corners softness and color casting... not that they're an issue on the D3X**, but they'll be even less on a cropped sensor.


    **note: uncropped images above give a fair idea in that regard. BTW after checking the version i kept was 26mm @f4. f8 would have been sharper.

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    Corlan, Im going with your original for reasons stated by you above. Still taken aback by this respectful,hauntingly beautiful image!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtarka1 View Post
    Corlan, Im going with your original for reasons stated by you above. Still taken aback by this respectful,hauntingly beautiful image!
    Thanks for the continuing support, my dear friend.

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    Corlan, Im going with your original for reasons stated by you above. Still taken aback by this respectful,hauntingly beautiful image!
    I agree with Steve here. Given the history of the place (which, of course, we wouldn't have realized without your explanation), you choice is the correct one. I am a fan of dramatic skies, but the sky would have become the subject had you left it as in the original.

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    Matt: By themselves these color versions are very dramatic. But once having seen them in your super BW treatment, I have to go for the BW. The impart
    drama and foretell of impending storms!!
    I'm also with Rayyan here. I do like the mottled light on the yellow field grass, but overall I think I prefer the B/W versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Thanks Lloyd, Steve, Rayyan. Sobering indeed.
    I guess that's the word which defines best what you feel there in regard to the petty materialism in our modern (western) lives.

    Haunting place, for sure.





    Thanks Matt.
    And sorry for the slightly pedantic presentation. Though this time it's not exactly "funny".





    Osman, your words are humbling.
    After all with our cameras we're mere vehicles of larger places, stories and people.






    Jorgen, thanks. Also for taking the time to raise this quite interesting and valid point.

    It's indeed the very decision i had to make when processing this image -without being sure. I eventually opted for a tad blurred, understated sky just because i wanted place as much emphasis and focus on the grounds, where the memory of these historic events lays.

    But you have such an exercised eye that you guessed right and saw right through the manipulation: the sky was indeed much more dramatic -to the extent of being possibly overwhelming with regard to the previous comment.

    That said, i'll let you judge... further opinions are much appreciated.

    Here's in order (clickable thumnails)

    1/ the original crop, color version -not much of work and no color correction.
    (note: for some reason i originally processed this batch in C1 and as mentionned before its basic profiles colors are a bit funky on the D3X files - i slightly corrected them in PS, but a re work from the RAW file in NX2 would be beneficial)

    2/ original crop with the same BW treatment, before tuning the sky down (blur+ligthen+a marginal touch of blue cast)

    3/ same as #2, but with the final crop presentation as posted above.



    Thanks all for your thoughts, if any
    Interesting alternatives. The uncropped versions are indeed totally different images. But I really like the alternative cropped one. A matter of personal taste obviously. It must be said also that it's monsoon season here, and I'm going upcountry to chase dramatic skies in the mountains in a few days. So maybe I'm looking for something in your photo that is more at home in my local environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post

    OK, i want a cookie now.
    Same scenery, please.

    (agreed, Rayyan... "spirit" is of the "essence"... )


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    Rayyan...Make That A "Triple " On The Cookie & The 3 Of Us Can Reminisce About Days Gone By When Our Muscles & Joints Didn't Pain Us So Much!
    Enjoyable Series!
    Corlan, Steve: I bring the cookies. Corlan provides the scenary. Steve brings the cam.

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    Let's have a bit of bright colors in the sun...




    This one woke me up..


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    Let's have a bit of bright colors in the sun...

    This one woke me up..

    Beautiful colors. Well seen and captured, my friend.

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    Beautiful colors. Well seen and captured, my friend.
    Lloyd: Thank you kindly.

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    A small incident...

    I had written to a friend that after my fall while hiking, the persistent pain did not put me in the mood to get it together with my photography. I generally like one on one photos.

    Anyway while walking along in Strasbourg, I ended up at the Cathedral; which is almost in the center. I had taken many photos around here the past days and was just walking past when something caught my eye..


    So where was the action. Went over to the van to ask. No English spoken.
    Moved over to the front of the Cathedral, and sure enough, a large crowd.



    A Music Festival to be telecast live. But rain was predicted. I looked around. Something was missing!! Where was the camera crew? Found one...walked over...Yes sir; the Cathedral bells rang loud. Instinct took over. Approached the
    camera person. Hi..No English. I want to take your photo. Sign language. The on-lookers stared at me. I stared at her. Away from the camera please, I said as I motioned her so that I could get a full shot.

    She obliged..


    Took a few more from different angles. The crowd looked. She looked. I looked. We all looked at eachother. I took a few shots of the crowd too!

    Thanked her and limped towards the tram station. The instincts were still there. They would serve me well later on during the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Matt: By themselves these color versions are very dramatic. But once having seen them in your super BW treatment, I have to go for the BW. The impart
    drama and foretell of impending storms!!
    Quote Originally Posted by shtarka1 View Post
    Matt, The Color Pops But You Know Where My Heart Rests! Still Wonderful To Look At & Dream About!...
    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    I'm also with Rayyan here. I do like the mottled light on the yellow field grass, but overall I think I prefer the B/W versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Matt, i'm with Rayyan here with a slight preference for the monochromes. Notwithstanding, the color versions testifies to how fulsome the skies and light were. It must have been quite a sight.
    (agreed, Rayyan... "spirit" is of the "essence"... ) .
    Rayyan/Steve/Lloyd/Corlan: Pretty overwhelming! I agree, but, the strength of the B&W images result from the over-saturation of the color images as converted in Silver Efex Pro.

    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
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    Thanks Matt.
    And sorry for the slightly pedantic presentation. Though this time it's not exactly "funny"....

    It's indeed the very decision i had to make when processing this image -without being sure. I eventually opted for a tad blurred, understated sky just because i wanted place as much emphasis and focus on the grounds, where the memory of these historic events lays.

    But you have such an exercised eye that you guessed right and saw right through the manipulation: the sky was indeed much more dramatic -to the extent of being possibly overwhelming with regard to the previous comment.

    That said, i'll let you judge... further opinions are much appreciated.

    Here's in order (clickable thumnails)

    1/ the original crop, color version -not much of work and no color correction.
    (note: for some reason i originally processed this batch in C1 and as mentionned before its basic profiles colors are a bit funky on the D3X files - i slightly corrected them in PS, but a re work from the RAW file in NX2 would be beneficial)

    2/ original crop with the same BW treatment, before tuning the sky down (blur+ligthen+a marginal touch of blue cast)

    3/ same as #2, but with the final crop presentation as posted above.

    Thanks all for your thoughts, if any
    Corlan: Without the eloquent, and moving, narrative (not pedantic) giving the history of the place, I'd go with #3. With it, I'm going with your original.

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    Back to my hike. However much I might have wanted to hurry along ( Matt indeed I am not young in the body!! ), my knees and aching body were beginning to falter.

    Light..Suddenly I saw glimpses of clear sunlight! There was a bridge. I was not lost after all. I tried to quickly reach the bridge..

    I felt warmer, physically and mentally. As good a place as any to sit down for a while, have a cookie and let the mind and soul wander aimlessly. Sat by the crystal clear waters of a fast flowing stream by the bridge..

    Rayyan: May not be young in the body, but you're certainly young at heart. Inspiring. Beautiful photo of the stream.

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    Beautiful colors. Well seen and captured, my friend.
    Rayyan: +1, (wouldn't be my choice of colors, though!)

    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    A small incident...

    I had written to a friend that after my fall while hiking, the persistent pain did not put me in the mood to get it together with my photography. I generally like one on one photos.

    Anyway while walking along in Strasbourg, I ended up at the Cathedral; which is almost in the center. I had taken many photos around here the past days and was just walking past when something caught my eye..

    So where was the action. Went over to the van to ask. No English spoken.
    Moved over to the front of the Cathedral, and sure enough, a large crowd.

    A Music Festival to be telecast live. But rain was predicted. I looked around. Something was missing!! Where was the camera crew? Found one...walked over...Yes sir; the Cathedral bells rang loud. Instinct took over. Approached the
    camera person. Hi..No English. I want to take your photo. Sign language. The on-lookers stared at me. I stared at her. Away from the camera please, I said as I motioned her so that I could get a full shot.

    She obliged..


    Took a few more from different angles. The crowd looked. She looked. I looked. We all looked at each other. I took a few shots of the crowd too!

    Thanked her and limped towards the tram station. The instincts were still there. They would serve me well later on during the trip.
    Rayyan: Great image! Great look! Great story!

    Cheers, Matt

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    A small incident...

    I had written to a friend that after my fall while hiking, the persistent pain did not put me in the mood to get it together with my photography. I generally like one on one photos.

    Anyway while walking along in Strasbourg, I ended up at the Cathedral; which is almost in the center. I had taken many photos around here the past days and was just walking past when something caught my eye..

    So where was the action. Went over to the van to ask. No English spoken.
    Moved over to the front of the Cathedral, and sure enough, a large crowd.

    A Music Festival to be telecast live. But rain was predicted. I looked around. Something was missing!! Where was the camera crew? Found one...walked over...Yes sir; the Cathedral bells rang loud. Instinct took over. Approached the
    camera person. Hi..No English. I want to take your photo. Sign language. The on-lookers stared at me. I stared at her. Away from the camera please, I said as I motioned her so that I could get a full shot.

    She obliged..

    Took a few more from different angles. The crowd looked. She looked. I looked. We all looked at eachother. I took a few shots of the crowd too!

    Thanked her and limped towards the tram station. The instincts were still there. They would serve me well later on during the trip.
    Great story (looking forward to the "later on during the trip"), and the images are nice. I really like the camera person, but the contrast and clarity of the top image, especially the facade of the cathedral is really amazing.

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    Lets keep them coming! More from this weekend. The first are few misc shots from the Chargers vs Raiders NFL game, then a few from SI from the Stanford/USC game on Saturday.














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    Thanks Lloyd, Jorgen, Matt for the further comments. Very useful.
    I guess sometimes, depending on the theme, a photo can hardly be dissociated from a presentation or prior knowledge of the context. Or, it can be, but with another approach, and possibly presentation and conveying other sentiments. One of the fundamental differences between PJ and "illustration"? Well, thanks for the thoughts.



    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    Great story (looking forward to the "later on during the trip"), and the images are nice. I really like the camera person, but the contrast and clarity of the top image, especially the facade of the cathedral is really amazing.
    Perfectly agree.
    Rayyan, the way your image in front of the cathedral renders is really impressive.

    Love the pink windows, too!



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    Lets keep them coming! More from this weekend. The first are few misc shots from the Chargers vs Raiders NFL game, then a few from SI from the Stanford/USC game on Saturday.
    Bob, that's a *serious* Raiders fan you got here.
    Love your fan shots in general -no wonder they get published so often.

    What's #31 with the pink gloves doin'?


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    thks Corlan F.

    before you accuse me of messing with my white balance, the NFL is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month----so lots of pink going on. now when you mention the Raiders, you usually think red, as in blood, but this is pink. doubt you will see much of the color the rest of the season...btw, check out #90 of the Chargers in the third picture (on the right), nice

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    Bob, thanks for the explanation Never thought about WB -wasn't aware of the Breast Cancer Awareness op though.

    Don't know how #31 ended up in this position, but for sure you got the shot.

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    Bob, Top Notch,Professional, Outa Sight Images!!!

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    Let's have a bit of bright colors in the sun...

    [CENTER]


    This one woke me up..

    Rayyan, Lovely Color & Series! Hope You're Healing & Feeling Better!

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    Lets keep them coming! More from this weekend. The first are few misc shots from the Chargers vs Raiders NFL game, then a few from SI from the Stanford/USC game on Saturday.


    Great shots all Bob. I especially love this one. I didn't watch much TV this weekend (actually, I rarely do), but I happened to catch this moment when he jumped into the stands after the touchdown. Great catch!

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    It's indeed the very decision i had to make when processing this image -without being sure. I eventually opted for a tad blurred, understated sky just because i wanted place as much emphasis and focus on the grounds, where the memory of these historic events lays.

    But you have such an exercised eye that you guessed right and saw right through the manipulation: the sky was indeed much more dramatic -to the extent of being possibly overwhelming with regard to the previous comment.
    I have missed so much! Still, wanted to comment on this interesting photo. Hard to remove the backstory from one's mind once it's in place. As I am reading a novel that takes place during that war, this is especially meaningful. I had forgotten the sheer numbers of lives that were lost during that war. Stunning.

    And since everyone has an opinion and you have so graciously opened the discussion regarding the crop of the photo, I will add my two cents. I think when you framed the shot you must have been aware of the cloud formation since it is included so nicely. But as you say, it does become distracting. The core of the shot is on the earth and I wish the original ignored the sky and filled the frame more entirely with the beautiful landscape. Not something you can do in post (unless PS5's content-aware fill can perform some magic). And I suppose an even narrower crop to exclude the sky almost entirely would seem odd.

    Regardless, thanks for sharing and for the reminder.

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    Tim, thanks for the elaborated comment. Will add this to my train of thoughts next time i'm around one of these sites. On the last part of your post, though this one's already shot from quite un upper position, i indeed keep thinking that an aerial would be ideal for the purposes. not exactly easy to organize, here.




    (and on a lighter subject, thanks Lloyd for satisfying my curiosity on how #31 ended up there)

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    Rayyan: May not be young in the body, but you're certainly young at heart. Inspiring. Beautiful photo of the stream.

    Cheers, Matt

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    Rayyan: +1, (wouldn't be my choice of colors, though!)


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