Another image from the fire ravaged slopes in Yosemite from the Ferguson Fire this past summer. I’ve always wanted to capture something from these “drive by” scenes of burned forest we’ve all passed by; but so often nothing comes together once you stop. The haze was heavy as captured in my other two images from here which helps create a little atmosphere. There are quite a few things going on here, but will get to my main point. I spotted the new green growth that had already sprouted up and I knew I wanted a graphic image with the B&W to help tell the story of new beginnings.
Hopefully it’s obvious, but I converted to b&w, then painted it out just for the plant. (Also a couple of smaller plants.) The b&w was simply one of the Nik Silver EFex Pro2 templates and tweaking sliders. In post I did want to emphasize the bright haze and so the top of the image is heading towards high key?
Mostly looking for impact and response. Are the green bushes too small to have an impact on the story? Does this work? Would it be better if this was completely b&w? Do the light/shadows across the bottom add much?
Any suggestions in terms of processing!
Nikon D800E 28-300mm @82mm f/13
Thanks for any comments, suggestions!
EDIT: Thank you so much for your comments and especially your honesty. You all made some excellent observations in your comments.
The starkness of the subject and going b&w is more than enough to stand on its own. And I agree the plant is too small to have a great impact, although it certainly helps tell a story. without the colorizing, it still tells a story, the contrasts, lines light/shadow all are fitting for b&w.
Personally, I think the reservations of the colorizing technique are simply because we come here for nature photography, and I get the point of view. No doubt though, painting color on to b&w prints has been a creative outlet for a long time; long before digital and Photoshop. It was a controversy back in the early 1990’s at my camera club - deciding what category it belonged in for judging!
Here is a different frame captured at the same location. First post I was looking about 10 o’clock. This one more straight downhill at about 2 o’clock. For me I really like and try to emphasize the light/shadow/lines on the ash=covered forest floor. So this is cropped from the top by at least 25%. Also, there is another green bush below center, but this is all b&w this time.
Can’t say it’s better or not, just a different angle and composition.