Guy Davies, EPSA  

Night in Cloth Fair by Guy Davies, EPSA

March 2020 - Night in Cloth Fair

About the Image(s)

This image was taken on an all night workshop in London in December 2018. The picture was taken at 8 minutes to 1 in the morning, so there was nobody else around apart from our group. I liked the road markings and the line of old street lamps taking the eye into the picture, with the light at the top of the building at the end to hold the viewer in. Taken on my Lumix G9 with the Leica 12-60 lens at 17 mm. Exposure was 5 sec at f/8 with ISO 200. The image was opened in ON1 RAW and basic adjustments were made, plus cropping to a square format and making mono. It was then exported to Photoshop where the Shadows/Highlights adjustment was made at the default setting. A Curves layer was then used to bring back contrast, after which the image was merged to a new layer. The Shadows/Highlights adjustment was made again followed by another curves layer to bring back contrast. Some more local adjustments were made to darken the edges.

13 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Guy, perfect B&W interpretation of the night image, very sharp, the whites and the blacks are right on the spot. The leading lines created by the lamps on the wall and the markings on the street take my eyes all the way to the back being able to read and appreciate all the details in the image. The DOF is "super" focal.   Posted: 03/01/2020 10:36:40

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This has great impact. I love the angle you got on this and the clarity from near to far.
Shots like this that show one side of a street are fun to play with like this, but in this case the writing on the pavement is a slight problem:   Posted: 03/02/2020 23:28:59
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Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Hi Stephen. What an interesting variation you have come up with. I would never have thought of doing that! I brightened up the writing on the road because I felt that the cycleway sign and arrow brings you into the picture and also because I have some other shots in other roads that feature the same writing, so I was trying to build a small panel with that as the connecting feature. Thanks for your comment.   Posted: 03/03/2020 04:00:48
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hi Guy, I learned it from other Digital Dialogue photographers, and am just passing it along whenever I see a suitable image. It is valuable when shooting architecture and it's not possible to get positioned to capture the whole building--half will suffice.   Posted: 03/03/2020 05:50:40
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
So this is copy and flip ? Very cool result.   Posted: 03/10/2020 16:13:58

Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
I can imagine myself walking down that street, so I find it interesting that way. I appreciate the way it makes it look like a long walk. An image like this causes problems for me because I don't like the star effects on the lamps. I've never been able to solve it in my own pictures, so I can't make an intelligent suggestion.   Posted: 03/10/2020 15:54:46

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
(Group 77)
Well done! I love the detail and the grittiness here, and the way the lamps sparkle. Most interesting. Have you considered toning down the building in the back right; I think it might help keep your eye inside the image.   Posted: 03/10/2020 21:31:17

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Gut
I have been so lucky to have seen many of your images from this night shoot and you really made the most of that trip,the contrast is outstanding and for me tonally perfect love the angle you shot the image from just off centre this so works for me.   Posted: 03/14/2020 16:17:00

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
You understood that this image just screams mono Guy. so many leading lines that one can't help being drawn in to the light in the background. The image is sharp and the vertical lines are good. The street light flare was a nice touch. I'm surprised it was that good at f8. Good job my friend.   Posted: 03/22/2020 07:21:46

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
I love the monochrome effect. You have great leading lines and high interest value. The grayscale is very smooth. I have two minor Nits. I'm tempted to slightly crop the right side to eliminate the bright windows of the building on the end of the street. I would also like to see someone standing under that lamp post for added interest.   Posted: 03/23/2020 13:39:21
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Hi Bill. Someone under the lamp post would have been nice. Maybe I should have asked one of my compamions to stand there. A man in a black overcoat with the collar turned up, leaning against the lamp post, with a trilby hat pulled down over his eyes would have been good....   Posted: 03/24/2020 04:58:33
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
and, if it is reading a newspaper......   Posted: 03/24/2020 10:04:15
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
These days he'd be on a mobile phone (sorry, cell phone!)   Posted: 03/24/2020 14:22:19


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