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Author:  frieri [ Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:32 am ]
Post subject:  Water

M6 + Summicron-M 1:2/35 Asph + ND Filter
Kodak Tri-X 400
Piezography carbon print

Author:  Double Negative [ Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Water

Great capture of the energy!

Author:  James Lehrer [ Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Water


I'm a little hesitant to comment on your photograph, because I have no personal experience with piezography, the process you used to make the print. I assume you posted a scan of your original print which, together with the file size reduction to post the image on this website, might suppress fine detail and increase the contrast. So, my first comment is made with those possible factors in mind plus my own inexperience with the process you used. I would prefer to see a little more detail in the shadows and light areas of the water. Of course, printing with increased contrast is a perfectly valid artistic choice, particularly in black & white -- where the abstract quality of the big shapes may play a role in the picture's impact. Your exposure and focus look good, so I assume the detail could be brought out more, if you agree with my suggestion (and, only if it can be done without losing the darkest blacks and whitest highlights). Put another way, I would try to add additional, subtle greys at the dark and light ends of the scale.

Your composition is excellent. The viewer's gaze is led into the frame from the left and lower-left, through a set of subtle lines which converge on their way to the upper-right. At the same time, a contrasting set of converging lines run from the lower right to the upper left. Classically, the middle stage of falling water falls approximately in the area bounded by the lines of the rule of thirds. Thus, the main part of the falling water, with the most action, is nicely off-center from both the vertical and horizontal axes.

Very nicely done, Roberto!

Author:  frieri [ Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Water

Thank you Admin for your positive comment, and you James for your proper, candid and polite analysis of the image.
I can honestly agree with you, and say that viewing a scan on screen is not the best way to evaluate and appreciate the printed version of the same image.
I can confirm you that, in the editing, I've worked to deepen the blacks and boost the contrast between water and rocks.
I've tried to do that without loosing too much details and maintaining the Tri-X grainy texture.

(sorry for my poor english)

Author:  James Lehrer [ Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Water

No need to apologize, Roberto. I assure you, your English is infinitely better than my Italian! ;)

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