Greetings to all. I made this exposure Monday night at Speedboat Beach on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. The light was dim, but right before the sun disappeared behind a bank of clouds to the west, it shined through on some rocks and I grabbed this shot. I am learning my way through B/W conversion, and this is one of my first efforts in PShop doing any significant amount of digital dodging and burning. My wife got me an Ansel Adams calendar for the holidays, I credit her gift for reminding me that it is OK to approach post-processing like I was back in a wet darkroom under an enlarger, bringing out contrast and adding light to selected parts of the image.
But - I ask you, does it work? Can you tell that I did it? And also, I think when making the exposure, I subconsciously lined up the far shoreline with the wave-eroded higher shoreline that's exposed on the rocks in the foreground. Does this bother you or add to the image? Further, would you have taken a different approach to PP, i.e. bring out or subdue different elements of the exposure? Thanks for the C and C.
I think on the contrary that the extreme black point was a good idea in this picture. But maybe it has to be more radical.
In my version to ilustrate my point,
I used the black to erase non important details in the moutains so the stones and the sky are emphatized.
In this case, the black is important.