David Cooke  

The Man in the Passageway by David Cooke

May 2019 - The Man in the Passageway

May 2019 - David Cooke


About the Image(s)

This was taken in Edinburgh. I noticed the interesting passageway with people walking up and down it regularly. I thought I could get an interesting image so I crouched at the end and took a number of shots “ no-one seemed to mind and one woman commented that this was the sort of thing her husband did.

I thought that the positioning of the man in this shot was good (see the original image) so I decided to develop it.

I used transform to straighten up the image and then cropped it to a square format. The Nik Glamour Glow filter was then applied to give it a slightly dreamy quality and a layer mask was used to remove the effect from the man and reduce it in other parts of the image.

Colourise was then applied to give an overall orange feel and Viveza was used to brighten up the area around the man to draw attention to him. The texture was then added and curves used to increase the contrast.

A further Viveza layer was the used the make final adjustments to the lighting and minor distractions were cloned out. Final adjustments to the contrast were made using Nik Pro-Contrast and finally the High-pass filter was used, with a layer mask, to sharpen the man.

Nikon D700, 28-300mm lens at 28mm, ISO 450, f/8, 1/125sec

8 comments posted

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Very interesting technique, if you ever do a Youtube video on your post processing please let us know. You always seem to use Nik's Glamour Glow but I'm never able to get the effect that you are able to achieve. I would like to see a little more light on the individual and not so much on the building and tree behind him. The color you've used creates a feeling of a warm summer morning walk.   Posted: 05/04/2019 15:53:48

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Once again David a masterpiece from a grab-type shot although in your case it is not a grab shot! As Rich suggests if you ever do a YOUTUBE it would be so interesting to follow step by step   Posted: 05/04/2019 18:47:56

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
David, I second (third?) the idea of a Youtube video showing your post processing. You have made an ordinary photograph into a work of art. At first I thought about brightening the man's face a tiny bit. When I tried it, I didn't like the result as much as your image.

Beautifully done.

  Posted: 05/05/2019 10:29:25

David Cooke   David Cooke
Thanks so much for your very kind comments. I've made a number of PowerPoint presentations showing the layer by layer development of a number of my images for talks I give occasionally. I've been planning, for some time, to turn these into voice over screen videos to post on my website. You've encouraged me to do this now and I'll start with this one. When it's up , I'll let you know.   Posted: 05/06/2019 06:23:03

Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
(Group 62)
I always go to my group first to see what everyone has put in, but then its off to Group 5 to check out Cooke - virtually never disappointed. David has given me so many great tips and ideas due to his detailed explanations and his willingness to share, both with DD and on his website. Another homerun David - thanks again.

  Posted: 05/06/2019 09:53:42
David Cooke   David Cooke
It's very kind of you to say that, Gary. Thank you very much...   Posted: 05/06/2019 10:26:14
Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
And we feel so fortunate in having him with no. 5   Posted: 05/06/2019 11:33:53

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Thanks for the explanation on how you did it; You created a masterpiece with magnificent lighting.   Posted: 05/23/2019 19:00:14


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