Bob Benson, APSA  


Eldorado by Bob Benson, APSA

June 2018 - Eldorado

June 2018 - Bob Benson, APSA

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June 2018 - Bob Benson, APSA

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About the Image(s)

Some camera club members took a recent outing north for an extended weekend. (We had some very cold weather most of the time, but still had great food and relaxation in a rented house. Ironically it was 50 (!) degrees warmer by the next weekend.) The main reason for stopping in here in Algoma WI was for the lighthouse and meeting up for lunch, but this conversion-in-process gas station looked interesting. I used HDR tone mapping, and applied settings over the top (saturated colors and textures), and then used Topaz Impression filter within Photoshop to give it a painterly look. Some parts were darkened, and wires erased in the background, and some details were painted back in, like the license plate and car name. You can see by the other images that the viewpoint was limited, and I just felt that a straight treatment was going to look kind of bland.
19mm at f13


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6 comments posted

Dave Roth   Dave Roth
What a great image once HDR applied. You are correct; it would have been a "nice" photo as the original, but this makes its fun and memorable. You could hang a large print of this in your man-cave and have a great conversation piece.   Posted: 06/04/2018 08:14:58

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
It's clear that the image has been heavily post-processed, but here it works; as it gives the picture a vintage feeling. You really brought to a high level a bland photo. I like the composition and the colors (although extreme) are gorgeous. What I find is that through selective cropping you can get several pictures out of this one. For instance, I kept only the front of the car (including name and license plate) and liked the result.   Posted: 06/10/2018 21:36:01

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The painterly effect works great on this image. The red car and red pumps stand out beautifully against the blue sky. And I like the fact that you added back the sharpness in the name and license plate. You have also simplified the image by getting rid of the many distractions.   Posted: 06/11/2018 12:17:28

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Grinning from ear-to-ear is my first thought. Your edits created an electrified car, and the painterly effect enhances so many details and textures that otherwise might be lost. All your efforts took the original above and beyond!   Posted: 06/12/2018 12:34:00

Guy Hawkins   Guy Hawkins
You did a great job getting rid of the distractions in the background and I love the Impression effect from Topaz. I appreciate the detail on the front of the car, not just the name and license but the grill work as well. I wonder how it would look if you had gotten rid the what appears to be an air pump between the two gas pumps. Wish I had your patience to do this kind of work.   Posted: 06/12/2018 16:18:34

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
Beautiful job and I think I know this place too !   Posted: 06/26/2018 09:20:39