Bob Wills  

Riverfront Park by Bob Wills

October 2019 - Riverfront Park

About the Image(s)

I was walking (as best as I can) through Spokane's Riverfront park and was climbing the stairs at the Pavilion when I looked down. I watched a small group of people when they split up and stated walking apart. I liked the trio, and the shadows of the sails. I liked it better in color than as a monochrome. I think it makes the people stand out more. Kind of a stretch for me as I don't do much besides landscapes.
Fuji X-T2, 16-55 mm lens @ 31 mm, ISO 200, 1/40 sec @F11, hand-held. Cropped in LR. Not much else I could think to do. I know you can help.

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8 comments posted

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
I love the shot in many ways. You said you preferred color to monochrome, but the image is very monochromatic. My nitpicks include the bright area at the top,and the dark areas in the upper corners. I tried removing the latter, but messed up the line on the left. I tried B&W Topaz just to see the difference. The shadows and interplay with the figures really work well together and make for a great composition. Without the shadows/pattern on the left, the figures would not be nearly as interesting. Well done!   Posted: 10/10/2019 16:39:26
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Bob Wills   Bob Wills
It is probably monochromatic, but I meant B&W as I am not always sure what monochromatic means. I want the bright triangle at the top to point to the middle person, the dark shadow to the right person. Glad you liked it.   Posted: 10/10/2019 18:49:08
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
I agree about the dark shadows in the top corners and have removed them. I may not be sure which top bright area you are referring to, but I assume it is the part you cropped, which to me makes the shape of that sail disappear, and the top of the person's head too close to the edge. I'll probably leave that in, and suffer the results.
As I worked it I also noted a hint of a halo on the people so I unsharpened them a bit. Thanks for your help.   Posted: 10/16/2019 12:32:26

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Very cool image. I like Judy's comments. I think the image really lends itself to black and white.   Posted: 10/16/2019 11:24:11

Tam Phan   Tam Phan
I truly like your picture.I all times like to shoot pictures from above.The lines and shadows are great.Your picture is simple but attractive. Thanks.   Posted: 10/16/2019 18:47:41
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks Tam. Your images from above are always really good.   Posted: 10/17/2019 07:11:40

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
You need at least one really dark object to make a decent mono/B&W image and you've got three good silhouettes. Wondering if you applied a little burn (did Bill just suggest a bit of PP???) to that top area it would make it a little less objectionable? I like the image - lots of angles, lines and shapes - and those three silhouettes.   Posted: 10/24/2019 09:26:02
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks Bill. I hope your trip was fun. I am just getting my desktop back on line, after two weeks, and I have a pressure sensitive pen tablet I am going to learn how to apply dodging and burning with. My mouse just doesn't give me enough control to be effective on an image like this.
By eliminating the top right shadow and the dark shadow spot mid left top, I think I'm done.   Posted: 10/24/2019 09:49:39