David Cooke  


Tintern Abbey by David Cooke

October 2017 - Tintern Abbey

October 2017 - David Cooke

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How I Did It

This was taken at Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales in late August 2017. I loved way the light came through the gaps in the ruin and I was struck, particularly, by the couple. The woman was standing still and the man was walking towards her in the beam of light. I took several shots and thought that this one was the best composition.

The image was taken on my iPhone 6 using the 645 Pro Mk III app, which is extremely versatile. I use this, normally, with settings for a square frame B&W image . In addition to the chosen format, the app will save a DNG Raw file on the image with the same aspect ratio as the sensor. In this case, the ‘original’ shot shown is the B&W one which I used to create the final image. I’ll post the raw image as a comment so you can see it.

After the first adjustment of the light using the NIK Darken / Lighten Centre filter, I used the Silver Efex Pro 2 Antique Plate filter to give it the slightly old look I wanted, followed by Photoshop Transform to straighten the verticals.. Several Viveza layers were used to adjust the light further followed by Hue and Saturation to de-saturate the image slightly. The Clone tool was used to removed minor distractions and I used the NIK Image Borders filter to create the border I painted the wall-colour over the white part of the border to make it off-white, which I thought blended better. Finally, parts of the image were sharpened selectively using the High Pass filter with a layer mask.


645 PRO Mk III for Apple iPhone 6s plus, 4.2 mm (in 35mm: 29.0 mm), ISO 25, f/2.2, 1/180 sec


5 comments posted

David Cooke   David Cooke
Here's the DNG RAW file which is saved at the same time in 645 Pro as the B&W square file   Posted: 10/08/2017 05:02:50
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Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
This image, like so many of yours, tells a story. And, the more I look at it the more I see and imagine. Your choice of a vignette is superb. It sets the tone (no pun intended) for the whole scene.

I can't decide if the person in the distance adds to the picture but it feels a bit unbalanced without him/her.

You might consider eliminating the strap and satchel that the man has in his left hand but other than that (which may not be a benefit) I have nothing to add except...

BRILLIANTLY DONE!
  Posted: 10/08/2017 18:37:47

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
This image lends itself so well to the sepia tone, although the original displays well in monochrome the sepia gives the image that WOW look. So well done, as usual, David, I can add nothing to enhance this image.
I copied your description of using the Iphone to our Phoneography group no. 51 for their enlightenment.   Posted: 10/12/2017 09:38:23

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Once again you shown your mastery of photography and post processing. I agree with Barbara and Oliver but have two things to add; the bright sky and trees outside are somewhat of a distraction as is the person just outside the Abbey. I tried to tone down the sky and trees and removed the extra person. I only wish you had a tutorial so that those of us who have tried and failed can learn how to do it right.   Posted: 10/13/2017 07:39:07
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Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Another great job of creating a fine piece of art. Removing the unwanted streaks of light made a big improvement. The streaks of light that you left in, help make the picture.........
You made a very nice frame!   Posted: 10/15/2017 14:35:35

 

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