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15_White Desert I

15_White Desert I
Copyright ©2005, michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $

the white desert in b/w. maybe not everyones 'cup of tea'. i love it.

wind and sand erodes the white limestones to such impressive sculptures.

Photographer: michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $
Folder: egypt 05
Uploaded: 2005-Feb-25 04:01 EST
Current Rating: 8.79/14 (Weighted rating: 8.61)
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Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Focal Length: 14
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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From the thumbnail it looks like a mushroom cloud. Nice shot. I agree it would have looked even better with a wide-angle. As it is, it's still superb. - Unusualy Contrasty, too. Which works well.

Mark Irving ¤ at 04:15 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


Well composed and converted.

Jochen Mues ¤ $ at 05:38 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


Very good B&W conversion, impressive, almost surreal, scene.

Reinier van Beest Win ¤ $ $ at 06:31 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


Nice conversion and interesting composition.

Frank Brault ¤ $ at 09:58 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


This is fantastic, Michael, what unique sights there are in various parts of this world...looks like a stage setting for another planet! Thanks for sharing!

Monica Cowles HoF ¤ $ $ at 10:14 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


I love the contrast if this image, and I like the composition and the concept of this very much. The cold black tone works for this, even though I prefer a warmer image tone.

My critique is not so much about this image or your vision, but about the digital medium. This image appears to be a bit over processed in the sky especially. I am finding that there is a limit to how much contrast one can add to a capture without odd artifacts. The sky seems to show the effect I also find in my images when I try to go extreme.

I think (but this is only theory as I don't own one yet) that a polarizer would have been able to darken the sky enough that the graininess (pixilization?) would have been less noticeable when pushed to a darker Zone. Using film and silver paper, one could burn in the sky or choose a higher contrast and use other techniques and not have this kind of thing happen. Digital has artistic limits I think, and I am beginning to figure out how far one can go without creating something that appears odd.

That said, this is a brilliant image and the full range of values is present in this wonderful conversion to b&w.

E. Edwin Ennor ~ (E³) HoF Win ¤ $ at 10:25 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


Michael, you never seem to fail me! Another awesome job! :-)

Chris Alcala HoF ¤ at 11:13 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


Oops! Should read... never seem to fail to amuse me. LOL!

Chris Alcala HoF ¤ at 11:15 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


A very impressive b&w shot with explicit kontrastes. As I like b&w photos, I like this too.

Horst Schmier HoF Win ¤ $ at 11:57 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


Great shot Michael. A real wow factor for me.

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 15:36 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


Yes it is special.

Chris Cooke HoF ¤1 at 15:47 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


A very striking image, nice work!

Bob Zuber ¤1 at 23:44 EST on 2005-Feb-25 [Reply]


this was one of the most spectacularly rocks. our guide choose it for our 'lunch in the desert' cause we could sit in the shadow. and shadows are very rare there...

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $1 at 06:27 EST on 2005-Feb-28 [Reply]

atomic feeling

Love that mushroom perspective you've capture! ;) I think the black sky, reminds me the combo b/w red filter, just gives the perfect balance this photo is asking for. Once more, great capture.

Joćo Medeiros Win ¤ ¤1 at 07:23 EST on 2006-Jan-04 [Reply]