Eric Schweitzer  

Bridge House by Eric Schweitzer

January 2020 - Bridge House

January 2020 - Eric Schweitzer


About the Image(s)

This image was taken from a small canal boat in Amsterdam. The house was built several hundred years ago as a house for the bridge keeper. It is now a fine restaurant. I shot it at 1/160sec @ f8.0, ISO 400 using a 24 - 105 lens set at 48mm. In post I adjusted white balance, cropped and straightened, adjusted tone, and converted to black & white in Lightroom. In Topaz Studio 2 I adjusted sharpening, noise, dehaze, clarity, and worked on a selection of the sky to bring out the clouds and enhance to stormy feel of the day. In photoshop I removed dust spots, tiny blemishes, small tree limbs along the left side, sized and exported for the web.

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7 comments posted

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
B/W is good for this image. The sharpness and composition are good The enhanced sky works well here.   Posted: 01/13/2020 16:44:23

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
This is my kind of image. The only thing I might have adjusted slightly is the very dark cloud on the right. Keep it but may be town it down just a bit so it doesn't pull the eye away from the center of the image.   Posted: 01/18/2020 10:54:21

Abe Chen   Abe Chen
The B/W interpretation of the attached color image was a very good choice. The power and the drama of the image can be brought out well in B/W.You have done a great job in bringing out the detail in the bridge house. The composition is great. The image is sharp. There is nothing I could find to add to the image.   Posted: 01/19/2020 00:04:15

Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
I think I would crop from the right to keep the focus on the building. That would also minimize the impact of the dark cloud in the upper right corner.   Posted: 01/20/2020 20:48:19
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Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
I agree with you and I like your crop. I submitted this to this months competition in my photo club and the judge though the tour boat behind the bridge competed with the house for the subject. I think if I also removed it from your crop it would be stronger. Thanks for the comment.   Posted: 01/21/2020 08:34:49
Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
I totally agree. I was reluctant to go that far in case that was part of the story you were trying to convey. But I really like it cropped to just the main subject. I was tempted to go even further in from the right, but I think leaving enough of the water ensures the viewer can tell the house in on the canal.   Posted: 01/21/2020 08:59:13
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Marla Henry   Marla Henry
This is a wonderful memory of your trip and I totally understand why you took the picture. It wasn't until I was scrolling down to type that I saw a judge had the same reaction I did - why is the boat in the picture... I thought it competed with the restaurant as a subject in the picture, but cropping it out removes the bridge that helps explain the house. The pole going through the restaurant is distracting, but I'm not sure cloning it out is worth the effort. Also, there is some haloing around the trees around the trees on the right side of the bridge. Honestly, I think I like the color photo much better because the dark color of the restaurant stands out better from the modern building behind it.   Posted: 01/23/2020 08:30:27