* Wed C&C "No Theme" Thread #662 on 2020 12 30 *

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Mike Fewster Veteran Member • Posts: 8,148
Re: PS

RoelHendrickx wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

Mike Fewster wrote:

MikePDX wrote:

Haven't been doing much shooting for the past few months. But I did find time to go out to the Pacific Northwest coast a couple weeks ago when we had high surf conditions at the same time as an extreme high tide. The title comes from crashing waves at Cape Disappointment, which is in the extreme SW corner of Washington State.

Crashing Disappointment

And just to show that I haven't disappeared completely, I did read Andrew's post last week. So in the spirit of Andrew's post, here is the first image I posted to the Wednesday C&C thread when Claus was still hosting - something like #65, I think.

Still Waiting for Spring!

When will Spring ever come?? Shot with the good old E500.

Spectacular. Your angle contrasts the white against the dark headland behind. This brings out the fine details of the surface and the tiny droplets parting from the wave. Catching a moment where some of the wave is being hurled forwards while another section is hurled back adds drama and energy - it shouts of the conflict between ocean and land.

Above, the lighthouse remains secure and aloof.

I'll concur with all that Mike said.

And let me just put it this way : If this is Crashing Disappointment, then I surely hope that my 2021 is filled with crashing disappointments.

The drama could hardly be more... dramatic.

I thought it would look good too in contrasty B&W, so I gave that a go.

But too much contrast did not look good at all, so I dialed the contrast down.

I also followed someone else's suggestion for a crop, not to 1:1 square but to 4:3 (coming from 3:2 I assume). It results in a slightly more concentrated feeling, because all that hydro-power has less empty space to escape into.

Here is the (crude - Snapseed on Iphone on a small image file) result.

I can always delete it if you want me to.

When I looked at the original from Mike PDX, I thought about cropping a little off the right but changed my mind when I noted the breaking bit on the right hand of the wave at the front. It seemed to give a balance in miniature to the big break on the left. B&W changes things and here I feel that Roel's crop is the better choice. It must be something about the simplicity of line that appeals to me in B&W.

In the B&W version, the fanlike dark lines in the wave become more significant. I like the Roel version a lot. For a print (it would make a great print) I'd try to make some of the deepest blacks a bit blacker. Not much, you wouldn't want to turn the shadow area on the left edge all black.

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