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Pic of the Week_Salt and Sky_South Australia

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 M-series Aspherical lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 extra color film

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M Aspherical lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 extra color film

In the arid north of South Australia I photographed this scene situated on the edge of a huge saltpan. I was attracted to the vivid sky and the textural similarities between the clouds and the salt encrusted ridge in the foreground. A narrow aperture (e.g. f16) produced the large depth of field (DOF) required to maintain sharpness from the ridge to the distant clouds.

The initial 35mm color transparency was scanned prior to processing in Adobe Lightroom 2.0 and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M Aspherical lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M Aspherical lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

While I love the highly saturated sky, I felt that it competes with the textural qualities of the ridge and clouds. The solution: a black-and-white rendering, a little similar to having shot B&W film with a red filter in front of the lens.

Finally I applied a subtle warm/cool split tone to enhance mood and drama.

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M series lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M series lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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