Eric Schweitzer  

RBG Mural by Eric Schweitzer

October 2020 - RBG Mural

October 2020 - Eric Schweitzer


About the Image(s)

Saturday Oct 4th was the annual World Photo Walk Day sponsored by Scott Kelby. This year because of the virus everyone participating went out on their own (usually you join a local group). I went to the U Street corridor in NW DC which was the center of African American life until 1968 when it was burned to the ground. In the last 15 years it has made a comeback due to gentrification and is now a diverse community and a melting pot of cultures. Part of the renewal is local artists painting murals on the sides of buildings, primarily in alleyways. A mural was painted of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After her recent passing it became a shrine with people leaving flowers and notes and stopping to pay their respects. It is one of about a dozen murals I photographed during the Photo Walk. I shot it with my Sony a7 III, set at 1/125 sec @ f11, ISO 160 with a 24-105 lens set at 70 mm. Due to the angles necessary to get the shot, I shot from across the street with enough extra space around the mural to allow for straightening in post (see original). In post I used the guided feature in LR Transform panel where I added a vertical line along the corner of the building, and a horizontal line along the edge of the roof. This transformed it to a much close straight on shot. I then cropped to remove areas outside of the mural. I then did my normal white balance, tonal, and sharpening in LR and Topaz Studio. I also used the graduated filter in LR to even out the brightness between the top and the bottom. In Photoshop I used content aware to remove the electrical lines and clean up bright spots.

4 comments posted

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
You put a lot of thought into the post work and did a remarkable job! The image is sharp with good color.   Posted: 10/17/2020 09:41:21

Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Great recovery and development of an image that many would have walked past. Congratulations   Posted: 10/17/2020 15:43:40

Abe Chen   Abe Chen
Very appealing image of the RBG, and impressive PP. It is a good color, tack sharp and interest. Ansel Adams said, "You don't take a photograph, you make it." You really make this amazing photo.   Posted: 10/19/2020 00:29:23

Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
Amazing reconstruction work. Thanks for the thorough explanation of the techniques you used. Your version reflects what people really "see" when they view this scene. Mural artists deal with clutter like the pipes knowing that the viewer will never actually "notice" them. A photograph cannot do that, but now with careful, faithful manipulation, the mural can be presented as it is intended. I think this should be in the RBG memorial library.   Posted: 10/20/2020 08:31:55


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