Chimney Rock hike

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by dsiglin, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. dsiglin

    dsiglin TalkEmount Veteran

    Apr 23, 2013
    Greenville, SC
    The father in law had his 60th birthday this weekend so the wife's side of the family got together at rented a house high in the mountains of North Carolina, near Chimney Rock. I was *really* tempted to pull out the Mamiya 645 I just was given but the thought of lugging it up 500+ steps made me opt for the Nex instead and I wanted to give the Sigma 30mm a proper test run. So, here are a few photos from the day of the hike. I did some significant post processing on these and since I've been shooting film I threw some grain into the mix as well. Any tips or critiques you want to add, feel free!

    Photography is not as appreciated in the morning.

    Hank was born ready. This dog has no off switch. We had to force feed him water to keep him hydrated while hiking. He was too excited to bother himself.

    A sampling of the 500+ stairs. There's an elevator that takes you to the top (so American) but dogs are not allowed so I got to hike up with Hank.

    Lake Lure and the mountains beyond.

    Of course there is a giant American flag at the top.

    View of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure from a lookout point known as the Opera Box.

    As the day wore on rain clouds started to form across the valley.

    I could not have asked for a more interesting sky to photography.

    Back at the house after a hard rain the mist was lying in the valley.
  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Interesting views. The elevator is for gimpy old farts like me. You young bucks can take the stairs. ;)
  3. dsiglin

    dsiglin TalkEmount Veteran

    Apr 23, 2013
    Greenville, SC
    Funny thing is I almost passed out near the top, this was due to me only have a cinnamon bun and a peach for breakfast and then trying to tackle all those stairs. :)

    Based on some comments I got on another site a lot of people find the low contrast b&w not appealing. So as a test here's a higher contrast version and also the original image before b&w conversion. Would love to know your thoughts.


  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Nice shots, sounds like fun.

    The High Contrast B&W is a personal choice. I think it worked great for you, but not everyone would agree.

    The only issue is that some of the images are a bit washed out.
  5. dsiglin

    dsiglin TalkEmount Veteran

    Apr 23, 2013
    Greenville, SC
    I find it difficult to choose, B&W does lend itself to high contrast, IMO, but then again the smooth tones you can get with a low contrast photo are lovely as well.