Belinda Hudnall Keller  

In the Alley by Belinda Hudnall Keller

October 2020 - In the Alley

October 2020 - Belinda Hudnall Keller


About the Image(s)

The building at the end of an alley caught my eye after a storm. The light was dull but a bit of light kept popping out across the edge of the building. I went back the next day to see it in the afternoon light, and the sun did shine across that section of the building. I was surprised by a plein air artist there. We joked that his job was easier-- just don't paint the power lines and other objects that I had to remove, etc. The image is highly edited on purpose. I wanted more color, textures from the brick and to enhance the light. I should have worked selectively on areas, but at the time I wasn't familiar with that important tool. So, the sky ended up overly saturated. The building and pole are naturally crooked, and it doesn't look quite right. I think I need to correct the building more, not the pole.

Samsung Galaxy s9: auto, f/2.4, 1/483, ISO50

Snapseed: cropped; accentuated look; healing tool around pots and stones; perspective tool for buildings
PhotoEditor: cloned and removed items, added stones in foreground; adjusted brightness/opacity across small building and into awning, adjusted color saturation

7 comments posted

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
This "standard" alley got a mysterious, and even eerie, feeling through your post-processing. Beyond a good composition, what makes this photo is the dark sky (I like the oversaturation) and the intense red of the wall. No need to straighten the buildings. I see that you took away the streetlight and one power line but kept all other power lines: good decision. You eliminated the artifact in front of the plants, but I would work a little more on the cloned floor. I would use more of the simple, lighter texture that surrounded the artifact.   Posted: 10/10/2020 19:35:08
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you! Yes, the floor was a chore (no pun!) and I stopped after awhile. It needs revisiting.
  Posted: 10/12/2020 14:54:06

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I love urban and architectural shots empty of people. I like this very much. I agree with all of Jose's comments. I am in monochrome group 32, so I am noting that I think this also looks great in monochrome.   Posted: 10/12/2020 13:24:32
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Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you, Steve. I do have a mono version but I'm not at all experienced in that area and hesitated to share it. In mono, though, the sky becomes a non-issue. Nice!   Posted: 10/12/2020 14:56:35

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I like your treatment here.. The sky has impact, and looks stormy. Removing parts of the pole (the light) took care of something too close to the top, but keeping the lines actually seem to act as a framing device. Changing the lighting on the buildings also helps with the focus. Well done.   Posted: 10/12/2020 15:20:23

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
At first inspection the image seems tilted to the right. But then I realized that it is the pole that is crooked and there is not much you can do about that. You have done well with your post processing to bring out the color and texture in the red bricks. I find the b&w version flat and not as interesting.   Posted: 10/13/2020 11:24:24

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
In my opinion you have done a good job post processing. The sky and the red colored house look more impressive. My suggestion is to brighten the pavement a bit so as to lead our eyes to the house.   Posted: 10/14/2020 00:06:57


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