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Hello All,

I've been working on this image for a while. I kept tinkering with it to get it to taste. This was taken during that "one" magical day .



Heavens Opened by Jason Chong's Photography, on Flickr

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Following some advice, I've been working on BW conversions. I really wanted the clouds darker to convey a more brooding mood.


#2. BW conversion of the colored version, no crop adjustment.


Heavens Opened - BW #1 by Jason Chong's Photography, on Flickr


#3 - I went with a tighter crop as suggested. It does put more focus on the light rays. I do loose the deer though. I know the deers were small, but I like photos with little tidbits of interesting things to look at.


Heavens Opened - BW #2 by Jason Chong's Photography, on Flickr


What do you guys think? Did I darken the clouds too much? Deer or no deer?


C&C welcome,

Jason

Edited on Dec 08, 2012 at 07:27 AM · View previous versions



Dec 07, 2012 at 07:43 AM
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Hey Jason,

A beautiful scene here. Love the sky opening up like that. I am thinking that a B&W version of this might be really cool, it would let the rays take a prominent role in the shot. Right now, while the fall colors are cool, I think they might detract from the rays a bit.

Jim



Dec 07, 2012 at 08:25 AM
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Hi Jason,

This one is special - You caught the light perfectly and the composition sets it up beautifully.

Phil



Dec 07, 2012 at 08:31 AM
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JimFox wrote:
Hey Jason,

A beautiful scene here. Love the sky opening up like that. I am thinking that a B&W version of this might be really cool, it would let the rays take a prominent role in the shot. Right now, while the fall colors are cool, I think they might detract from the rays a bit.

Jim


Thanks Jim. I am working on a BW, still tweaking it to taste




Dec 07, 2012 at 08:28 PM
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philtax wrote:
Hi Jason,

This one is special - You caught the light perfectly and the composition sets it up beautifully.

Phil



Thanks Phil!



Dec 07, 2012 at 08:28 PM
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p.1 #6 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


Very nice! Looking forward to the BW conversion.


Dec 07, 2012 at 09:37 PM
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p.1 #7 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


Great shot Jason. It would be nice to see a B&W version but it works great as it is. The comp may also benefit from a tighter crop as the sun rays play a much bigger role than the deer.
Best,
Fred



Dec 07, 2012 at 10:31 PM
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p.1 #8 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


Definitely worthy of posting! The deer is a bit small to actually see at first, so I agree with Fred.


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p.1 #9 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


Jason,
Lots of good things going on here.
As others have alluded, there might be several "pictures within the picture."
As presented here, I surely like this.
The morning clouds breaking up just enough to let a few rays sneak in. Hooha! Nice.
For my taste, I think I'd prefer the clouds and Glacier Point to be a bit darker and contrastier, but that's a small nit.
Charlie



Dec 07, 2012 at 11:45 PM
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p.1 #10 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


Thanks Scott, Fred, Jeffrey and Charlie.

Fred & Jeffrey: I did work a different crop cutting out the deer.

Charlie: Are the clouds dark enough for you

Jason



Dec 08, 2012 at 07:29 AM
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p.1 #11 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


I agree on the tighter crop. The mountain and the sun rays have such a good texture in the B&W the foreground really does nothing for me.
Great capture.



Dec 08, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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p.1 #12 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


I'm going to go against the grain here, while I do like the B/W versions... I don't think the color is bad here and like the deer... my eye hit the rays then trailed down to the deer and loved it.

Really great shot!

Lee



Dec 09, 2012 at 04:27 AM
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p.1 #13 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


I like the conversions and though the deer are a nice touch the tighter crop just is more pleasing to the eyes!


Dec 09, 2012 at 06:15 AM
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p.1 #14 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


Nice light! I do agree that the crop tightens things up, I didn't even notice the deer until you mentioned it! Looks great though.


Dec 09, 2012 at 06:37 AM
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p.1 #15 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


Thanks All for the comments and suggestions!

Jason



Dec 10, 2012 at 08:02 PM
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p.1 #16 · And the Heavens open - Edited BW included.


You're on the right track, Jason. I think even more crop is appropriate.


Dec 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM





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