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Crater Lake, Oregon in B&W

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by agentlossing, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    In October my wife and I went to Crater Lake. It was the first time I'd seen it, despite living in Oregon for almost a decade. I took the EP-1 with 17mm f2.8 and the 30mm f2.8 for backup, though I barely used it. A wider lens than the 17mm would have come in handy up there, but the 17mm forced me to think about composition a little more, and I'm fairly happy with the majority of the results.

    I used a polarizer, which did wonders for contrast, but many of my images ended up looking uninteresting color-wise (lots of dark blue and dark green, as might be expected). But the contrast was so good, I decided to go the B&W route, and I'm liking the results so far. These were processed in Perfect Effects from jpeg files (I have the raws but haven't touched them yet). You can see some posterization in the skies where it transitions from darker to lighter hue, and while it bugs me slightly I wonder whether it's worth worrying over.

    15511815059_2307f7bbfa_c. AL121233 copy by lakonian117, on Flickr

    15512882770_a9889a37ee_c. AL121209 copy by lakonian117, on Flickr

    15077740924_709888294e_c. AL121199 copy by lakonian117, on Flickr

    15697678095_1cedf0eb25_c. AL121198 copy by lakonian117, on Flickr

    15512298548_f3e8160a2b_c. AL121188 copy1 by lakonian117, on Flickr
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  2. randyspan

    randyspan Mu-43 Veteran

    May 24, 2014
    New Hampshire, USA
    Randy Spann
    Absolutely stunning!
  3. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Really excellent post processing and beautiful shots.
  4. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    I really like the contrast! Great photos.
  5. esnift

    esnift Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 17, 2013
    Boston, MA
  6. Wandering Aengus

    Wandering Aengus Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    Those are amazing. Nice work.

    You should have one printed on Harman Gloss Baryta. Amazing B & W paper.
  7. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Thanks! I may look into that, I do intend to rework the files to try and get rid of the posterizing in the skies, maybe that'll be my reward to myself for getting that done.
  8. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Great images here, but to me the magic of Crater Lake is the preternatural blue of that lake. I hate to throw that away to go monochrome.
  9. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I can appreciate your point of view - like I said originally, the monochrome was a stylistic choice that resulted from what I felt were unbalanced colors - too much dark green and dark blue. I of course had nothing but appreciation for the color of the lake in person, but it was hard to make the color jpegs look any different from the dozens of other images I've seen. Had we the advantage of being there during better lighting, I'd have gone a different route.
  10. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Nice processing. I was there for the first time back in August and it's an amazing place. I've wanted to go for ages. I loved every part of Oregon we visited too. You're lucky to live in such a spectacular state.

    I find it really hard for Photos to do Crater lake justice. Shooting too wide seems to diminish the scale and splendor. Shooting too tight doesn't quite demonstrate the glory of the whole. We did a hike up to one of the fire watches at sunset, which turned out to be a great vantage point. Regretfully, I didn't have a tripod.
  11. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Totally understandable. My comment wasn't meant at all as a rebuke of your artistic choices but more as a remembrance of the beauty of that spot. The images really are nice. A few of them have an almost IR look to them.
  12. Pap

    Pap Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Fleetwood, PA
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  13. Pap

    Pap Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Fleetwood, PA
    Beautifully done! I personally think B&W was the way to go.
  14. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Agentlossing, I'm a fan!
  15. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    Beautiful AL! I shot color film when we were there but ended up with mostly B&W anyway. It was winter in a blizzard :)
  16. jamiecoop

    jamiecoop Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 8, 2015
    Nice stuff! Making me miss home.
  17. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    I never thought of doing Creator Lake in B&W.. I have some pics from there that I have never really liked but it was in my earlier days of photography. Might go back and do some B&W on them. I do agree with DeeJayK that when you are there it's the color which draws you.