Don’t adjust you monitor. You don’t have contrast issues or have the eco setting on. I have intentionally reduced the exposure on this photograph. Why? The parts I want to see here are the layers, lines, and curves; especially the foreground curves barely lit by the sun to the left.
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The lower 2/3rds of this composition is about the barely there, the subtlety of light. Those curves of light are what drew me to shoot this image. You could see the monochrome possibilities. Maybe another photog is interested in the dots of sagebrush in the foreground hills, maybe another is interested in the layers of hills and mountain in the center horizontal band. That is where the creativity, vision, and the art of photography comes into play. We all see a scene differently, then shoot it and process it as our own image.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 80mm, f/13, 1/30 sec
Conway Summit (CA), Hill Shadows, Curves, Cloud Line, Monochrome. Conway Summit, California. October 12, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.