David Cooke  

Washing Up by David Cooke

January 2020 - Washing Up

January 2020 - David Cooke


About the Image(s)

This image was taken on a trip to Kerala in India from a houseboat on the Backwaters. I had taken a number of shots of people on the river bank from the boat but this one, of a man washing his pans intrigued me.

After cropping and straightening the image, I applied the Nik Glamour Glow, Polaroid Transfer and Pro-contrast filters. Several other filters were used, including, Darken / Lighten Centre, Indian Summer and Viveza to get the image looking the way I wanted to. A texture layer was then applied and, after cropping out minor distractions and making final adjustments to the lighting, mostly with Viveza, the image was sharpened using high-pass filter.

Nikon D700, 28-300mm lens at 300mm, ISO 1000, f/5.6, 1/1000sec

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4 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
David, I agree. This is an intriguing image. But to me, most of it's appeal is a result of your post-processing work. I like how you cropped it and omitted the roof and plants on the right side of the photograph. Also, not including the corner of the wall on the left gives the image an intimate feeling.

Your work with the lighting and texture of the photograph is brilliant. By giving the man a brighter and more vivid color while muting the rest of the image, you've made my eye go directly to him. The focus point is also emphasized by the light on the water that leads my eye to the pan and then, of course, the man. I assume that you masked out the man when you applied the texture. This further enhances the image since the grainy texture somehow seems to de-emphasize everything except the man.

Another amazing piece of work. Very impressive.   Posted: 01/04/2020 09:03:41

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
The steps you go through to perfect an image is always remarkable. I agree with all that Pete has said but I am wondering would it bring even more attention to the man if the window at the top was cropped out? I find the wall behind the man quite intriguing with its patterns and wonder too, would it take away from the person if it were made slightly lighter? Very minor and perhaps not applicable suggestions to such an extraordinary, well done submission.   Posted: 01/06/2020 08:58:15

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
I love the lighting and the subject. I have an immediate emotional response that makes me think about how lucky I am to have running water and the other niceties of life. The post processing works well, but this is a good image to begin with.   Posted: 01/09/2020 10:31:43

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
As usual, your post-processing is just amazing. The way that you have subdued the background but it's still a part of the whole story. As always, I would very interested in a step by step tutorial because I have tried to use some of your techniques but they have never created the same kind of effect; especially your use of Glamour Glow which you use quite frequently.   Posted: 01/22/2020 11:36:00