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Vacillation by welder Vacillation by welder
Finally had a chance to rescan some of my 4x5 negatives. From the Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley. Graflex Speed Graphic with Kodak 127mm Ektar lens, Ilford Delta 100 B&W film, scanned from negative as a positive image and then processed in Photoshop.
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six-something Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006   Photographer
Sweet.delicious.speed.graphic
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jnn4v Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2005   Photographer
Beautiful photo. Tons of detail. Nice lighting and composition.

- Jeremy (jnn4v)
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moandreamer Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
amazing photography Arthur, i really wonder how it'd escaped my eyes till now.. Everything about it just perfect, perfect composition, perfect treatment, perfect outcome. Only thing i could come up, in terms of ideas, is that i'd perhaps like a similar frame including human presence, perhaps a woman with a shawl.

:+fav:
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philcopain Featured By Owner May 3, 2005  Professional Photographer
Wonderful !!! :omg:
in b&w it's fantastic !
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unflux Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2005
i had no idea that scanning a negative would provide such clear digital representation of a photo! at least the ones I've seen in the past were not very good. This is a wonderful shot, all the way around. I love teh lines to infinity and the framing you chose. You're lucky to have such a cool subject to shoot. :D
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MysteriousTremendum Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Man were you hiking across that whole desert? ive been there before and its quite intense. So desolate and depressing.
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welder Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2005
We hiked a bit, starting just before sunrise. but didn't go as far as I would've liked. I had to stop and get photos while the light was right. I actually found it quite beautiful, especially that early in the morning. :)
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MysteriousTremendum Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet it was beautiful...but hot :)
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dempski Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005
incredible view and lighting. such great shadow play and depth in this image. great scene.
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geof Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2005
Man, this is a great shot, black and white was an interesting perspective here. This shot reminds me of the opening scene of The Cell, or even of something out of hero or even Lord of the rings.
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asjachyld Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
The depth is so vast and the details all so crisp. Perfection in shot and development. Your clarity of composition continues to astound...
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Greippi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
I think your photos maintain a quality that's often unmatched here on dA.. I find your work an inspiration, if you don't mind me saying that! Strong compositional curve here, and the exposure seems flawless :)
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CelticBeauty Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005
gorgoues contrast and composition :clap: Beautiful pic!!!
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paulreid Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005
Great quality as usual Arthur. Tonally interesting, compositionally interesting...etc;etc :-)
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skk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005   Photographer
So empty.. yet.. so full..

Love all the sand and those footsteps..

great job
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MizBhaven Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
For some reason i can't view this picture at all :shakefist: but by what everyone is say i bet it's lovely :nod:
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bwglitch Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005   Photographer
I must say amazing pictures you have here.
There is a great use of shadows and I really can't say much really :P
:+fav:
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Ruvsk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
:+fav:
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bka-ratte Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
so great :clap: like a dream!

:+fav:
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WhitePathos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
Greatb one....Beautiful one...
Great shot.
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Object42 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
For some reason I can't view this picture at all. It's a bummer, because I'd really like to see it, as it's gotten some great responses. If you have any solutions, I'd love to hear them.
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welder Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
:scratches head:

Hmm...really don't know what to tell you other than try refreshing the fullview (I find the fullview often loads faster than the thumbnails!) Probably DA is just having some temporary snags....it's happened to me too, sometimes I'll just have to leave stuff in my devwatch and come back to it later :shrug:
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Object42 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
Maybe the print will load.... I don't know why I didn't already try that...
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High level of photography, very beautiful... :clap: :hug:
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Black-Red-Escape Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005  Professional General Artist
wow!
stunnung shot!
:D
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alfa Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!
Great capture...:clap:
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ataphoya Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
Great composition that sure leads the eye. Very nicely exposed as well. :)

PS: Sorry for not wishing you a happy new year. I was, pretty much, away from DA and it should take a while before I resume my regular activity here.
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5yearcheddar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
Very nice, and a lot of work to get there. :clap:

Just curious, why scan as a positive?
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welder Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
Kind of along the same lines as to why it's better to shoot RAW and then convert in Photoshop...you get more control over the image. There's no risk of losing anything in the tonal ranges when the scanner inverts the image and tries to compress the levels. Basically you just want to get the raw image data from the scanner and then do the inversion and level adjustments yourself.
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5yearcheddar Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
Cool. That makes sense when you think about it. Thanks. :)
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amour-etranger Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005   Photographer
Beautiful, very calming look! Itís so, motionless. I think the lack of activity in this is something special for the photo. The grayscale also looks nice, but something tells me color would also be very nice.

Either or, itís very beautiful nonetheless, and you chose a great angle to take this from

Congratulations on such a photo

:clap:
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C-E-R-I-D-W-E-N Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
Wonderful!!!! :+fav:
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saintminion Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
welder... .WOW. ... seriously :]
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cracan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
That's nice Arthur. You can tell that you used Ilford by the tone. I'd be willing to bet you didn't have to do much work in PS to get it to this point.
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welder Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
You'd lose the bet my friend ;) The tone actually was all Photoshop. I scanned the negative as a positive image, then converted to grayscale, did initial level adjustments at one end of the scale, inverted, did more level adjustments. Then I spent probably about four or five hours working on the contrasts with the lighting on half a dozen layers, using level adjustments combined with masking, along with some dodging/burning (takes a long time with an image that starts at 130MB from the initial scan.) The tone was the last step, it's actually a quadtone based on one of the PS presets that I modified a bit until I like it, and then blended in with some curve adjustments.
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puppypowa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful tones and composition my friend... Sorry not one for words right now.
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FixMeNow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
:heart: beauty defined in a single image
xxx
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greenfroggies Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005   General Artist
fantastic :D
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Fishermang Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
Nice! Beautiful composition, it leads nicely into the photo. Well done :)
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ink-brains2 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005   Photographer
wow.... that is breath taking and beautiful
i love the black and white, it adds so much depth and constrast and drama and mystery to the whole shot. beautiful!
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darkphoenix7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
There's a lot I like about this photo, but I'd have to say my favorite part is all the detail in it. At the bottom of the image you can pick out the shadows of individual grains of sand, there's the peaks of all the dunes in the distance, and at the farthest extent, each ridge on the mountains stands out in its own curvaceous glory.
Pity the full-view isn't even bigger..
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welder Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
I agree about it's too bad full view isn't bigger, but alas we all must live with the limitations of monitors in the world of the Internet. And I suppose we should be thankful for that limitation, because it's still a reason to produce prints :) Thanks for the kind words.
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darkphoenix7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
Not to mention the fact that the central ridge develops into a sine-wave gone slightly awry.
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GI-Jimston Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005   Photographer
whoa. cool with the sand and the footprints there. that central ridge really catches your eye.
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bookdiva Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
You have done it again, Arthur, created a wonderful composition, filled with such mood and contrasts of light...stunning. :hug:
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bakerjake Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Its too bad you can't add images to your favorites twice
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misdirekted Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005   Photographer
very beautiful shot..composition is fantastic, with the eyes being drawn down the center line.

very nice :)
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MeatWagon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005   Photographer
Very nice depth, it has the classic "large format" look, which I like. The composition, although scenic and deep, looks too buisy, I think. My eyes catch the S Curve, then the shadows, then get sort of bewildered. I'm one to talk.
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cylan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a really nice, dynamic picture. It reminds me of my visit to White Sands in NM, but I guess all sand dunes have their similarities :)

It's really amazing to think that within a month, the entire landscape of dunes will have changed. It's never the same place twice!
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babybluespikes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
wow.. simply amazing. i love the details in the sand, and the contrast bewteen shadows and light. :+fav:
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