Victor Wasilov  

After the Rain by Victor Wasilov

January 2020 - After the Rain

January 2020 - Victor Wasilov


About the Image(s)

I purchased a Sony a600 in July and this was the first image I shot with it. The day was overcast, and it rained on and off all morning. I liked the plant and butterfly combination with both wet and dry wood texture in the background. The image was cropped and converted in Photoshop followed by post processing in Lightroom. Adjusted the contrast, reduced the highlights, increased the white, slightly decreased the black. Sharpening modification was done after resizing.

Sony a6000 with 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS lens.
ISO: 640
Lens set at 33mm
f5.0 at 1/160

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8 comments posted

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
Your image has great exposure and detail, and your crop establishes a good composition. I do find this a bit flat tonally. Monochrome is all about lights and darks and the contrast between the two. Sometimes, when planning for a mono conversion from color, it's best to boost the saturation of certain colors in advance so that there's more control of the shading when you convert.

This is your original with the greens and red over-saturated:   Posted: 01/05/2020 14:31:54
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
Here's my conversion using those saturated colors:   Posted: 01/06/2020 13:47:01
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Victor Wasilov   Victor Wasilov
Tom, thank you. I see what you mean by boosting the color saturation prior to the conversion. One lives and learns.   Posted: 01/06/2020 17:06:38
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Great classroom demonstration, Professor. Part of monochrome's appeal is freedom from our brains' prejudice for "natural" colors.   Posted: 01/07/2020 14:41:48
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
Thank you Tom, I learned something new here.   Posted: 01/14/2020 06:57:19

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Nicely done. As Tom says, your crop worked really well here, particularly creating two sets of three (plants and butterflies). Monochrome is also a great choice with this image. I like the direction Tom took it, but I'd tone down the leaves a bit. They seem a bit too bright to my eye.   Posted: 01/08/2020 12:38:40

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Very clever and great crop. I agree with the previous suggestions that a little more contrast was needed.   Posted: 01/08/2020 19:35:49

Lisa Hlavinka
I like Tom's edits on this fun shot. My only other suggestion is to clone out some of the twigs on the ground in front of the pots. They are a little distracting.   Posted: 01/18/2020 17:45:08