Tue 17-May-11 01:25 AM | edited Wed 18-May-11 07:48 PM by Dark Wraith
I have returned to using video as a presentation medium for my photographs. This is the link to my latest effort, which features a particular type of landscape photography I do. Runtime in two minutes forty seconds.
I must caution that the video is a large file produced in high definition, so you should wait a minute to allow some buffering before hitting the PLAY icon to watch the whole show. I need to work on reducing .flv file sizes. Also, the native size of the Flash player you'll see is 1280x720.
*(With thanks to those who noted the download time for the larger version, on 5/18 I am adding this smaller version of the Flash video with a 720 player width): Abandoned Landscapes
All but one of the photographs were taken with a Nikon D7000 (one is with a Nikon D5000), using either a Nikkor 18-200mm AF-S VRII or a 50mm f1.4G AF-S.
Processing was done in ACR, then Photoshop CS4 or CS5. You'll see a variety of processing techniques, from three-shot HDRs to duotones, split tones, and even several done in whole or in part with the Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in for Photoshop.
Great job!! I liked it a lot. All of you beautiful images were tied tightly to the theme and bounced between lonely, dark, brooding and haunting. The music seems to tie the whole presentation together. Great work.
De l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace!
Wed 18-May-11 07:07 AM | edited Wed 18-May-11 07:15 AM by jrp
Nicely done. Images and music work very well together to fully convey the mood. A bit heavy to download. That's likely what restricts its viewing by more members. I can only imagine the amount of dedication, time, travel and patience to produce it. Congratulations.
Would agree re the images, mood, and music and I definitely think the downloading aspect is a killer for many. In my own case I had to try my patience severely while waiting as I`m not connected to a fast broadband connection. Ian
What you see depends on what you`re looking for. - Unknown
Alan: I have only re-introduced myself to photography recently and have a lot to learn. I have, however, been viewing images for a long time.
My photographic interest leans towards landscape/seascape photography, however, I've had this image in my head that landscapes consist of rolling hills or mountains or lakes.
You've given landscape photography an interesting twist, moving away from the stereotypical scene. The images and music were complimentary of each other, and I enjoyed the presentation of the images in a video very much.
I'm fortunate to have a fast connection and had no issues downloading or viewing your video.
Hopefully, in the not-to-distant future, and with a lot of practice, I'll be able to produce images as striking as yours.
I thank you for the important note about the load time on the video. Understanding the download experience of end users is one of the reasons I posted this work here, and all of you have provided me with knowledge I would not have been able to acquire on my own.
I have edited my original post to include a link to a smaller version of the original video. Although the new version is a third of the file size of the original, it's still somewhat heavy; and, of course, the smaller size is at the sacrifice of some of the visual drama of the landscapes portrayed.
I am learning from your comments that, whenever I post one of my videos of my photography to the Web, it would be wise to include both the large version and a smaller version; otherwise, I could easily lose a number of potential viewers only because I want everyone to see the photographs at a scale I think is right.
You are in the right area of the country. These were all shot in the Heartland, most downstate in Illinois. Several other videos I'm preparing will feature landscapes in upstate Illinois and in surrounding states. Although I grew up in the hill country well east of the Prairie, the desolate landscapes, abandoned buildings, and generally lonely places are abundant in the Heartland, so I have plenty of places to photograph (in the absence of lots of people who like to have their pictures taken in these parts).