Glacier from Plane window

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Ray Sachs, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Two of these are black and white, two are not, but all of them may as well be - they're all basically monochromatic even if there are hints of color in two of them. They were taken through a plane window early on Sunday morning, of the mountains just south of Glacier Park. With a very low sun in the east.

    -Ray
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  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    One more, truly black and white, just playing around with shapes and textures at the Minneapolis airport:

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  3. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I prefer the glaciers to the steps!:smile:
     
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    As do I, by a longshot!

    Although I must say, its a lot harder to carefully compose a shot when you're flying past it at 400-500 mph! The steps, dare I say, move even more slowly than the glaciers. :cool:

    -Ray
     
  5. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Those are pretty impressive shots, Ray. I forgot to notice what lens you were using. Love the textures and light. And although I like the glaciers better, too, I think your black and white treatment of the airport steps is excellent.
     
  6. Ephemeral Moment

    Ephemeral Moment Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 3, 2010
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    Those are stunning Ray, wonderful...

    Really like both of them, but I think the b&w ones edge in for me, especially picture one, there's something about the light and shadow that makes it quite sinister
     
  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Thanks much - all of the scenery shots, here and in the other thread with the pics of the Olympics and the Cascade volcanos were taken with the 45-200. The airport steps were with the 9-18.

    We were out in Olympia, WA for my daughter's college graduation. I took about 500 shots overall this weekend - the vast majority being documentary type shots of the graduation and the parties and of the family the next day. A LOT of the graduation shots were taken with the 45-200, and the vast majority of the scenery shots were too, because everything scenic was pretty far away. That lens really got a workout and it did well. I had the usual percentage of out-of-focus shots, particularly at the graduation where I was aiming for a small target, but a lot more keepers than garbage shots. I like that lens a lot. For the scenery shots, its easy enough to focus on infinity. :cool: A lot of people don't like that lens, but it works well enough for me.

    -Ray
     
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  8. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    I'm sorry, who makes the 45-200mm and is it an adapted lens? You did very well by what we're seeing here, and I do really like those stairs, with the 9-18mm, too.
     
  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Oh, sorry, that's the Panasonic 45-200 - its a native m43 lens. Its about the least expensive m43 lens out there - usually sells for a bit under $300 new. I've seen a lot of complaints about its sharpness at the long end, but I think that's mostly a focus issue - it can be tough to get a good focus on a small subject at a distance. I've had my share of misses, but when the focus is good, I don't have any issues with the sharpness of the lens. Then again, my standards may not be the highest. :smile:

    -Ray
     
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  10. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Thank you Ray. I am absolutely sure that my standards aren't the highest. You, however, have gotten super results. One last question, I hope you don't mind... Did you need to do a great deal of pping on these glaciers? I just love the textures and tones. My favorite to hang on my wall would be your first.

    P.S. Maybe you ought to consider posting one of these to a thread regarding that lens. :wink:
     
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  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Some PP to convert to B&W. Because of the low eastern sun, the snowy east side of the mountains tended to be a bit blown out and the shady areas were more or less black. So a fair amount of tamping down the highlights and a small amount of shadow recovery - just to the point you can begin to see some detail. Nothing complicated, just a couple of sliders.

    I'll post some of these in the 45-200 area later today or first thing tomorrow.

    -Ray
     
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