Featured The Twisted Forest in B & W

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Harvey Melvin Richards, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. I took a short hike through the Twisted Forest. It is located on the northern flank of Cedar Breaks National Monument and it lies in the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area. Most of the trees are Bristlecone pine trees (Pinus longaeva), one of the oldest living things on earth. All were shot in RAW, and all but 2 or 3 were shot with the 12-100 on an E-M 1 II. I like how a few came out in black and white, so I gave them all a similar treatment in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. I rarely process a photo in B & W and then again in color, but I did so on all of these.

    The hike is about 1/2 mile to the edge, but it starts at 9750' and ends at 10,000' and it is all on marble sized round gravel. I was very jealous of Jasper and Ziva's 4 wheel drive.

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    Tied Up Like Dogs
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    by Harvey Richards, on Flickr

    Nine Shot Vertical Panorama
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    More black and whites here: The Twisted Forest in B&W

    And all the photos here: The Twisted Forest
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  2. NoTan2

    NoTan2 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 16, 2014
    Newcastle NSW Australia
    Very enjoyable, Harvey! Thanks for sharing.
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  3. chipshot713

    chipshot713 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 24, 2012
    Pearland, Texas
    Harvey... you never cease to amaze me. Great work !!!
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  4. Thank you Paul.

    Thanks Kelly, are you fully recovered from your accident?
  5. chipshot713

    chipshot713 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 24, 2012
    Pearland, Texas
    Harvey, I'm about as recovered as I'm going to get with 2 75 year old knees ;)  Now I'm dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Harvey. 40+ inches of rain in a couple of days was not fun. On the lighter side I can sit on the honey pot on one side of my house and see guests using the facilities on the other side of the house. I have flood insurance but still you have to deal with the government. Hopefully soon I'll take some time and charge some camera batteries and take some images of planes, boats, birds or cars.
  6. Mountain

    Mountain Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 2, 2013
    Great shots Harvey!
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  7. Hang in there, I'm sorry about my namesake.
  8. Thanks, I appreciate the comment.
  9. magister

    magister Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 14, 2016
    Tuscany- Italy
    A magnificent BW that has done justice to a beautiful landscape. You live in a beautiful country and you make me appreciate it with every shot.
  10. Thank you Adolfo. Your country has some amazing scenery also.
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  11. masayoshi

    masayoshi Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 5, 2016
    Salt Lake City
    I can see blue sky, red sands, and even dry humidity from your B&W images. Very inspirational and great work!!
  12. Thanks Masaaki. Can you also see the bitter cold wind that was blowing that day?
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  13. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 5, 2014
    Is it wrong that I am jealous of some of the poster's dogs - because they get to visit such wonderful places?

    These are great.
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  14. stagor

    stagor Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 10, 2012
    Netherlands / N.Ireland
    A great set and nicely processed, well done Harvey.
  15. Thanks. The dogs didn't get to go to the edge, so they missed out on the scenery. My wife only made it up the first hill and decided her knees weren't up to the hike (the correct decision), so she saw even less than the dogs.
  16. Thank you stagor.
  17. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
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  18. Thank you.
  19. ouldsmobile

    ouldsmobile Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 23, 2016
    Toronto, Ontario
    Awesome set! Any details on how they were processed? Loving the sharp look to them. Thanks for posting!
  20. Thanks. They were all processed with the NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 plug in in LR. I usually push the Structure slider to around 50 to 80%. I sometimes bump the Contrast slider to 5%. I also mess with the Color Filter, giving the Strength about 40% then sliding the Hue to where it looks good to me. It doesn't work for everything, but I usually have good success. I'm kind of a quick and dirty processing type.
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