Al Swanson  

Untitled by Al Swanson

January 2020 - Untitled

January 2020 - Al Swanson


About the Image(s)

We winter in Arizona each year between Phoenix and Tucson. I really love Tucson for its old charm and variety in scenery. From the Saguaro National Park to some of the colorful neighborhoods, Tucson offers many photographic opportunities. This image was taken in the Barrio District of Tucson where the old Spanish adobe homes are found. It is a relatively small area but very rich in architecture, especially doorways. I took this image last year on a trip to the barrio. In postprocessing I opened the image in Topaz where I sharpened it and added a grunge filter mask. Then I opened it again in Photoshop and did the cropping and saturation. The building color in bright sunlight is actually very blue but the day that I took it was quite overcast and did not reveal its true colors. Technical data: Canon 7D, F 10, 1/250 of a second, 18 mm.

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6 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Your color enhancements definitely added some pop to an otherwise drab looking building. I also think you achieved your goal of giving the image a different style than an ordinary photo. From a composition standpoint, I feel the image is busy and lacks a clear focal point.   Posted: 01/07/2020 07:44:30

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
In the strictest sense, this image has crossed over from being a photograph and has become a graphic image, as Mike alludes to -- parts of the pic remind me a bit of a watercolor. The windows and plants make for a nice receding visual line but the door may be placed a little too much to the right edge of the picture, lending too much visual "weight" toward that side. Very colorful and nice to look at.   Posted: 01/12/2020 07:53:27

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Composition-wise I think the weighting of the right side works for me. I like what you've done to get a drab overcast image into color. I sort of wish there were more of the grunge.   Posted: 01/12/2020 18:39:10
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Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
For me, all the leading lines point to the door as the focal point. The contrast of the greens and the blue make a good marriage. On purpose or not, the darker tones of age at the top, give a sense of reality. I would like to see more of the roof. I also see a little barrel curve on your vertical lines, which can be easily corrected.
  Posted: 01/24/2020 18:27:25

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I am amazed that there was that much blue in the original. The composition is very classic, I think, with the leading lines. The Topaz filter you chose totally suits the image. Nice!
  Posted: 01/26/2020 15:56:41

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
The edges of the windows, tips of the yucca plants, and the angle of the awning over the door lead my eye to the red door. I feel the color palette works to enhance direction to the door. I will suggest trying to tone the blue color cast on the right and left to match the middle of the home. I'd also remove the leaf/stem in the lower left. I like the final processing you used to create an artistic affect.   Posted: 01/27/2020 09:37:35