Paul McLaughlin  


Baltimore Back Alley by Paul McLaughlin

March 2020 - Baltimore Back Alley

About the Image(s)

This image is a work in progress. I have been working on it for a while. If you look carefully in the upper left quadrant you can see the partial remains of an automobile that I am trying to remove from the image. The image itself is an alley behind my son’s house in Baltimore. I really liked the light and the colors. I did some cleaning up and cropping, as well as playing with the colors and saturation.
The details are: F 22, 1/500, ISO 80 taken on an IPhone 6.


11 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I have never seen such an attractive back alley. Good job.
Can we see the original to compare to this one?   Posted: 03/11/2020 16:45:23

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Thank you.
Here it is.   Posted: 03/12/2020 09:19:01
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Wow, you did improve the colors a saturation a lot. Getting rid of the dark tree and you say automobile is going to be a problem. Maybe someone else, like Tony will have a suggestion. I would suggesting cropping off some of the road way from the bottom, maybe back almost to the start of the walls. I think that would bring you more into the main area of the images. The image is sharp from front to back.   Posted: 03/15/2020 13:47:42

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
You almost replaced and improved all colors of image. Also you have done a lot of cleaning works. It is much better than original. You did a good job.   Posted: 03/19/2020 14:04:46

Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
Great as it is. But I would like a center of interest. A local child playing? A hard worrking man returning home. A Woman with kids and shopping bags? Or even a derilict bike in the foreground.   Posted: 03/19/2020 21:53:07
Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Great color edit work! It's good to put original photos so we can see how you worked on it. Thanks for share.   Posted: 03/20/2020 22:53:20

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Barbara has a good comment if you want a focal point. Personally, I am in a minority that likes empty scenes like this one--matter of taste.   Posted: 03/20/2020 14:59:33
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
To me, the yellow and orange buildings at the end are where my eye goes, and so to me, that is the center of interest.   Posted: 03/21/2020 21:40:33

Les Tyler   Les Tyler
Good job tweaking this image. I think what Barbara said about having a center of interest might ad to the photo, but that is not always posable to do. What you have hear works without. One thing I find to be a bit distraction is the bottom. I feel a little more on the bottom could be cropped. To me my eye seems to get stuck down there.   Posted: 03/21/2020 15:41:16

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Thank you all. As usual your comments and suggestions have been exceptionally helpful. I will definitely crop some from the bottom of the image.   Posted: 03/21/2020 15:52:15

Les Tyler   Les Tyler
Good job tweaking this image. I think what Barbara said about having a center of interest might ad to the photo, but that is not always posable to do. What you have hear works without. One thing I find to be a bit distraction is the bottom. I feel a little more on the bottom could be cropped. To me my eye seems to get stuck down there.   Posted: 03/21/2020 17:51:04

 

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