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Dark and Stormy, Crescent Head by MattLauder Dark and Stormy, Crescent Head by MattLauder
Ok... uploading this image is a real stab in the dark. Looking through some old trannys I found this one taken last year on a trip to the Mid North Coast.

This image was shot with a 10 stop ND filter on Velvia slide film. Now if you know film, shooting slide is hard at the best of times let alone adding in 10 stops of exposure and working that out with reciprocity failure. Well this shot came out slightly under so I had some fun with it.

Interested to know what you think.

Fuji G617 | Velvia 50 | Exposure time ??? @ F16

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Intergrativeone Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
it works!!!!
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
I think it could have been taken a stop brighter to be honest, lovely effect from the exposure though. Nice :)
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LadyUndone Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's beautiful. what a lighting :heart:
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:icon3minutes-to-midnight:
amazing shot :D
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:iconbada:
bada Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Really wonderful photo! :clap:
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Goldleo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This gives me the feeling that the rocky shore is trying to fight off the encroaching darkness... and losing. Instead of trying to counter the underexposure you embraced it, and I applaud you for that. :clap: It takes guts!

The fact that you posted an image that doesn't necessarily fit right along with your gallery of perfection makes this one stand out. My fav of your work, so far.
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PictureElement Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009   Photographer
Wonderful exposure and a great composition. Maybe it could be a bit brighter! The foreground doesn't have any details at all...
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
I think adding foreground detail would take the focus off the center area. In the shot the darkness looks deliberate and adding a small amount of foreground detail I dont think would work with this image, the shot dosen't have the capture information to add the detail I would like and I only edit my work for their max print size, not so it only looks good online. Thanks for the feedback.
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
Definitely agree with you here, especially if the info of the FG is not there. The focus drawn to the centre is excellent!
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PictureElement Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009   Photographer
It definitely would. Of course that's all about your intention. If you aim to center focus the image in that way then it works and if there is no potential in the image to dodge the FG then there is no other option of course.
Nevertheless I prefer detailed foregrounds (it is the first thing you look on) especially when it is so beautiful.
The slight dark cast on the left and right edge just take off some brilliance in my eyes.
It's still a great photo.
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PaulGana Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
reciprocity failure is the biggest problem with film that I have found
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:iconmattlauder:
MattLauder Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
once you understand the exposure compensation required your fine. most of my work is shot when the film has reciprocity failure adjustment added to it.
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PaulGana Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
Usually when I am taking photos with film and there is the compentsation required, I always forget
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mental3pal Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I personally think that it looks great with how dark it is, that along with the foggy water from the long exposure gives quite a mysterious feel to the photo. And I agree with Cain, b&w would look good.

Thanks for taking a stab in the dark and sharing this with us Matt :highfive:
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EdBrew51 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, Matt, you can't stop doing this beautiful photos.
The clouds in this image act like some kind of sea or sheet over the mountains, passing by slow and softly. Also is the contrast black/white, wonderfully made.

Amazing photo. You always leave me without words.

See ya.
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Thanks Ed. Yea the clouds really give it that surreal look.
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EdBrew51 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome.
I wouldn't say surreal. I would say... magical.

See ya.
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kkart Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
Honestly Matt I really love this shot, it os very different than your usual images, this captured some incredible emotion in it, a real sense of feeling, I admire that!
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Thanks... yea it is totally different. When I look at this shot I cant help but picture it hanging in my gallery on Kodak Metallic paper, mounted on aluminum with direction halogen lights. Would really make it pop !
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kkart Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
You ever do that you should post a pic of it, I for one would LOVE to see that!
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jpnunezdesigns Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Dude... great shot! Its a dramatic effect and I like it.
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CainPascoe Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
I like it, especially being partly local:D It has that moody atmospheric feel that might be better suited to b&w? But i'm interested how you edited it.. pushed the exposure in development of the film or digitally?
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Thanks Cain... the editing was only five layers. Shadow / Highlight (set on low settings), colour balance, dodge and burn layer, render > lighting effects > omni and exposure adjustment layer. Yea this in B&W will look great as well. Will be up your way in port macquarie in the next week or so.
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CainPascoe Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
Oh cool. Let us know when you'll be here, would be great to go for a shoot!
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ramblingidiot Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009   Photographer
hmm I'm not that good at photography as you are. To me, the exposure of the middle and the composition of the whole photo looks good, but the extremely dark left and right sides as well as the shadows that eat up the detail in the rocks below are too distracting. Given the circumstances that you were under when shooting this, I think you did a pretty good job! :D
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Thanks for the feedback... when you do something different like this especially putting a 10 stop on a medium format camera shooting slide your stepping to the world of funky image creation that everyone may not respond too. The original image about about 1/2 stop under exposed and this shot is different to how I planned it to be. To be honest this is the third time I have tried to edit this shot over the last year.
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ramblingidiot Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009   Photographer
yeah I think I read somewhere that when you put on an ND filter you can't even see through the viewfinder anymore, and you're shooting on film too. To be honest I love your work, and if improving yourself means making shots that you're not quite happy with, then by all means do it right? :)
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radu-jm Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's a wonderful shot.
Better for the fact that film was used with a 10 stop ND filter!
I had no idea you can do that!
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Thanks... you can do it, just difficult to do and expensive.
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radu-jm Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Would you reckon you could get the same result with a DSLR?
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
yes. but you would get a slightly different look. with digital you can at least check your histogram and perfect your shot and I would say you will also get better shadow detail.
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radu-jm Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
ok
Thanks Matt!
(I'm trying to buy a DSLR and I'm living the hell of having to choose one) :D
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Depends on your budget but I would stick with the main brands like Canon and Nikon. Dont go Pentax or Sony (I only say Sony as they force you to only buy and use Sony lenses and flashes)
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Panographs Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010   Photographer
canon, nikon and sony fan here, but that statement about sony is false, its like any other brand there is allways a third party alternative such as sigma who do make some A+ lens for all brands
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radu-jm Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for the advice Matt.
I would go for the main brands, probably a Nikon D300 and some very good lenses.
My budget wouldn't let me touch the big guns yet.

Thanks again!
Cheers
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MattLauder Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
I have seen shots from the D300 and they are great. As you said good lenses, people forget this. They have a great camera and some piece of crap attached to it.
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