Friday Image No.200


Mount Sefton from the Hooker Valley trail, New Zealand
Mount Sefton from the Hooker Valley trail, New Zealand. Fuji X-T2 with Fuji 18-135 lens at 46mm. ISO200, 1/640″ at f/11. Handheld.

My last post was back at the end of September. At the time I said I was taking a few weeks out but didn’t explain why. Now that I’m back I can share that I have been down in New Zealand which is where I captured the above image. I’m not going to say too much as I’m suffering from jet lag and finding it hard to be coherent.

For those of you who don’t like black and white, here is the colour version prior to conversion.

New Zealand, Hooker Valley. Processing with Nik Color Efex Pro (Pro Contrast & Glamour Glow filters).

Personally, I like the colour version best. I would be interested to hear what others think.

I hope you like both images and have a great weekend.

22 thoughts on “Friday Image No.200”

  1. Now then Robin. I was in NZ too in Sept. Awesome place. Been three times now. Here’s Hooker Glacier Lake on a force 6 windy and rainy day. Mental weather, lol.  Best wishes Melvin Melvin Nicholson Photography Preston, Lancashire Mobile: 07813 950378 Website:      www.melvinnicholson.co.uk Facebook:    http://www.facebook.com/melvinnicholsonphotography Instagram:   www.instagram.com/melvinnicholsonphotography  Flickr:          www.flickr.com/photos/melvin_nicholson YouTube:      www.youtube.com/c/melvinnicholsonphotographycom Twitter:        www.twitter.com/MelvinNichPhoto Tripadvisor:  http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk —- On Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:41:16 +0000 The Lightweight Photographer wrote —- thelightweightphotographer posted: ” Mount Sefton from the Hooker Valley trail, New Zealand. Fuji X-T2 with Fuji 18-135 lens at 46mm. ISO200, 1/640″ at f/11. Handheld. My last post was back at the end of September. At the time I said I was taking a few weeks out but didn’t explain why. N”

  2. So you were “down under” … (I hate such very long travels)
    No wonder one suffers from jet lag by after.

    For the photos, I also prefer the one in colour, treated with Nik Color EFEX.
    Rest well !

  3. I also prefer the colour version – I think this scene doesn’t have enough detailed contrast to be ‘interesting’ in monochrome.

  4. Robin,

    So glad hear from you online again & that you had this wonderful trip to NZ. Also agree with your assessment of the photo that the color appears to have more detailed info that is lost in the highlights & shadows of the B&W; also the striking whispy clouds don’t appear in the monotone. In general, more tonality variations needed also in the B&W. But both depict a very striking scene!

  5. I prefer the B/W version, just for the mood. In previous posts have you described your workflow for monochrome conversions?

  6. Definitely the colour version (even then, like the lakes in winter, not exactly full of colour?).
    Another thought. There are hills and there are mountains? My scale is dales, lakes, Scotland
    Norway. For me, I’ll stick to hills (just including Scotland), but I’m biassed.

  7. This shot is all about drama and lacks a traditional focal point of interest. The BW version captures the drama of the whole scene better than the color as the color version seems to cause your eye to focus on the more central mass of snow which appears somewhat brighter than the rest of the picture. One might ask, is this scene just too “busy” and lacks a point of interest or is the chaos of the bold scene enough to validate its interest? I would say the BW trumps the color for sheer boldness and emotional effect. The color is fine but lacks “punch” that a busy scene like this requires. The BW version is superior.

    1. Thanks for your assessment John. It’s surprising how different people see different things in an image. This image and the processing is going to be part of a Christmas gift for members of my Lenscraft website. I dare say a few people will come up with other conversions that look better.

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