February 20, 2014

Mount Tamalpais on LSD


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photo by Donald Kinney

Once in a while when life starts getting really boring, and I have made an otherwise "hopeless" photo, I like to see how it looks when displayed with a limited number of colors. Sometimes the results can be rather surprising, and sometimes I end up with just a genuine mess. The jury is still out on this rendering (above). I suppose some will like it a lot and others will hate it with a passion--I don't think there is any room for "middle-ground" here.



Click on the photo to see the image with a full range of tones.
photo by Donald Kinney

The first image was made using Photoshop's "posterizing" filter, but the second and third were made by saving the image in an unconventional manner--as a .gif instead of a normal .jpeg. When saving images as .gifs there is an option to select the number of colors, from 2 to 256, and of course the results vary widely.

Click on photo (above) to see the .jpeg image with a full range of tones.
The image was made in September 2007.



Click on the photo to see the image with a full range of tones.
photo by Donald Kinney

And here is another. Again, click on the photo (above) to see the .jpeg image with a full range of tones. Image was made in September 2007.


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5 comments:

Zoomie said...

Interesting effects, but I'd have left that third image alone - it's beautiful just as you took it with that wisp of lighted cloud, gentle drift of fog, and strong mountain.

AphotoAday said...

Hi ZOOMIE -- I agree with you wholeheartedly that the 3rd image looks better un-messed with. I even feel more strongly that the second one looks better as a straight full range image. Experiments--exploring all the possibilities. Always appreciate feedback... Running them up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes, so to speak. I posted the first image on a FB group I belong to and it got a lukewarm reception--that speaks volumes. SO difficult for me to select what is good and what is not.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Just about what I almost commented yesterday when I saw that photo in your header - "Oops, looks like Donald dropped some acid."

AphotoAday said...

LOL, JOH (SINBAD'S DAD) Not to worry--haven't tripped in decades--did enough in years past to last a lifetime. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone either. Hell, I don't even drink anymore--now, THERE is a bad habit, IMHO.

Zoomie said...

I actually like the psychedelic first image for the bright, weird colors and shapes. Maybe not my favorite of yours, but still fun and unusual.

 
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