Albert Zabin  

Bergen Cafe by Albert Zabin

March 2020 - Bergen Cafe

About the Image(s)

I made this photograph in Bergen, Norway on a rainy afternoon. Nikon 850;, Nikon 24-120 at 62mm; ISO 800, handheld f/8 handheld, with camera rain jacket. Processed in On1. sharpened about 80%, increased vibrance very modestly, slight increase orange saturation and increase clarity. Cropped the bottom and lightened the customer on the right. I did try cropping both the top to the caafe sign and the bottom to make a landscape format. The simper compostion had more immediate impact was I thought was less interesting

7 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I tried a landscape mode, and I liked that too. I think both would work. For the vertical, I would suggest cropping some more at the bottom to the point where the curbing ends, as this puts the person into the thirds position, and makes the curbing useful as a lead in.   Posted: 03/13/2020 14:12:19

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
I like the image, but feel you have to much open space on the bottom. I cropped the bottom and put it through Topaz Studio 2. I feel it gives a little more WOW feeling. It also puts your subject( man in the rain) closer.   Posted: 03/13/2020 15:02:18
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Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Thanks for your comments. I personally don't like the topaz modifications. Purely subjective, but the simplicity of the architecture fits the grayness of the day and enhances the contrast of the lights, reflections, and reds of the Norwegian flags and bright red post box. I agree cropping more on the bottom improves the picture   Posted: 03/14/2020 18:02:47

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
I like it as it is, but I would crop the bottom somewhere between the bottom and the curb. I love the colors, the light through the flags and the wet textures in the street. The buildings appear a little soft to me and I'd punch them up or sharpen them.   Posted: 03/15/2020 14:26:00

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Good job for not putting away your camera on this rainy day. The cobblestones have more interest when wet and pick up reflections of the lights coming from the buildings. The slight crop on the bottom does improve the composition.   Posted: 03/15/2020 17:39:08

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I think this is a nice colorful photo in such a rainy day. The dress of the man is also colorful. I agree with others that cropping the cobblestones slightly can improve the composition.   Posted: 03/24/2020 02:25:27

Guy Hawkins   Guy Hawkins
I like the composition and don't see a need to crop anything from the bottom, although knowing me if it was my picture I probably would have. I would like to see the dark overhang lighten a bit so that more detail in it could be seen. As others have said congratulations at not putting your camera away in the rain.   Posted: 03/27/2020 11:32:29


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