David Cooke  

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February 2018 - Produce

February 2018 - David Cooke


About the Image(s)

This was taken on our trip to India in 2009 from a moving car window. The man was spreading what looked like sweet corn on a plastic sheet to sun dry it and I thought it would make a good image.

Post capture processing consisted of cloning out minor distractions using the Photoshop Clone tool, followed by a Topaz Detail 2 Lithography by H Hurst filter. A series of NIK Viveza, Darken / Lighten Centre and curves layers filters were used to adjust the lighting and feeling to the way I wanted it. Finally, the man’s face was sharpened selectively using the High Pass Filter with a layer mask.

Nikon D700, 70 - 300 mm Nikkor lens at 270 mm, ISO 220, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec

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7 comments posted

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
It always amazes me David at the amount of post recessing you do which includes so many filters--used wisely! On my monitor it is not tack sharp, but considering that it was taken from a moving vehicle... Despite the lack of colour, except his shorts, this makes for a much more vibrant image than the original. Well done David!   Posted: 02/04/2018 13:33:55

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
David, welcome back. I missed seeing your incredible work!

My thoughts echo Barbara's, but I also wanted to see how it looked in B&W. I found it interesting but almost another picture. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 02/04/2018 14:08:06
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David Cooke   David Cooke
Thanks for your comments. I'm not sure why it doesn't look sharp on your monitor though, Barbara as the print is very sharp and has a lot of fine details in it. It certainly works in B&W Oliver and I could easily have gone down that route so thanks for the suggestion. I'll give some thought as to which I prefer.   Posted: 02/17/2018 01:46:09

Richard Harper   Richard Harper
(Group 23)
I think that the color version shows more of his personality. The MONO version looks flat   Posted: 02/17/2018 08:54:35
Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
I agree Richard it shows better with the hint of colour in his shorts   Posted: 02/17/2018 12:12:57

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
I like the cropping that you did; Sharpening of his face works ok; however, it appears that the legs and arms were sharpened a little too much; this seemed to create some digital noise.
  Posted: 02/18/2018 11:50:54

John Yurchak   John Yurchak
I like how you have sharpened the face to bring out the detail of it. You always spend the time for the post-processing more than other in photos. I feel the small bit of color on the shorts helps hold you in the frame. I might have used a vignette on the whole photo to darken the edges.   Posted: 02/21/2018 15:16:14