David Cooke  

The Woman with the Bottle by David Cooke

January 2019 - The Woman with the Bottle

January 2019 - David Cooke


About the Image(s)

My image for January 2019, together with the original is attached. The text is below.

The Woman with the Bottle

This image was taken on my trip to Cuba in 2011; at the top of the José Martí Memorial where the windows on either side of the woman, which reflected off the white stonework, gave an interesting even lighting.

The original image was cropped to a square format and, after adjustment of the verticals and horizontals using Transform, Nik the Bleach Bypass filter was used to give the feel I wanted in the image. The remainder of treatment consisted of using Viveza to brighten up the darker areas and the Clone tool to remove minor distractions. Finally, the image was sharpened using the High Pass Filter. Most of my images are either 24x24 cm or 24x36 cm and, at that size, I tend to use this filter at a radius of 2.5 pixels.

Nikon D700, 28 – 300 mm Nikkor lens at 28 mm, ISO 200, f/4.0, 1/250 sec

This round’s discussion is now closed!
4 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
David, it's another incredible image. You take advantage of your obvious mastery of filters to create pictures that are all worthy of being hung in an art gallery.

You've inspired me to explore the Nik Bleach Bypass filter. It clearly worked beautifully for this image.

My only suggestion, a tiny nit, would be to darken the woman's shoes a bit. I find that they attract my attention away from her face and pose.

A wonderful image. Well done!
  Posted: 01/03/2019 11:25:08

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Once again you've taken a photo of something many a photographer would overlook and turned it into a work of art. Interestingly, the reflection of light in sunglasses work like catch lights in the subjects eyes. And as Oliver mentioned, darken the woman's shoes.   Posted: 01/05/2019 16:37:05

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Once again you have turned the mundane into a work of art. How you come up each month with this type of work is marvellous. I cannot add more David other than to agree with both Oliver and Rick re the shoes--but a small matter.

Thank you for being a part of no. 5 and showing us what can be done to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.   Posted: 01/06/2019 06:57:10

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
I am amazed at some of the plain pictures that you turn into something great. I think a very small frame would set it off very nicely.   Posted: 01/15/2019 15:50:30