Robert Schleif  


Campus Walkway to Knowledge by Robert Schleif

March 2020 - Campus Walkway to Knowledge

About the Image(s)

Because I find students on this curved walkway retreating into the distance to be most appealing, I've tried multiple shots. The image looked somewhat dead until I shot in the evening after the lamps had come on. The placement of students on the walk also proved to be important. This was taken with a DSLR on a tripod and many shots were taken, trying to catch multiple students in just the right locations. In this case there was sufficient light to allow an exposure sufficiently short that the walking students were relatively sharp.


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8 comments posted

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
You have a real winner with this one. It's obvious from your description and from the image itself that you did a lot of preliminary planning. The curving path, accentuated by the painted stripes is pleasing to the eye. Yes, having the lights on is another bonus. I don't think I would like it nearly as well without them. The student groupings ... perfection! As is, it is a wonderful image and tells a story. I have a couple suggestions, just from my perspective. I would recommend darkening the sky slightly by lowering the exposure there. As is, it competes with the destination, the far end of the pathway. I used a radial blur to ever so slightly lighten the distant end of the path to draw our attention there. I changed the bw to a warmer tone (just my personal preference) and added a vignette (-9 on the LR slider). Just ideas.   Posted: 03/02/2020 12:57:47
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Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Thank you. Yes, the sky was too bright. Subtle vignetting almost always helps an image, but I don't see the effect of your blurring. Perhaps the coarseness of a jpg image at this resolution doesn't show much.   Posted: 03/02/2020 19:28:04
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
The vignette I added was quite minimal....
  Posted: 03/02/2020 19:42:37

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
In my opinion is too many people on the picture,with one guy at front will be much better.Plus it is not sharp and a lot noise.   Posted: 03/06/2020 14:52:55

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Here is a color version. I think it is more successful than the B&W version. The problem with twilight images is that (aside from the problem of sufficient light to prevent high noise) they are inherently low contrast, pretty much the opposite of one of the more important ingredients of a B&W photo. I guess the color in this version reduces the annoyance of noise. I feel the multiple people at different points on the path enhances the feeling of a long and winding path to some final goal.   Posted: 03/11/2020 20:09:15
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Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
There is a lot of noise in this image, but I do like the composition and the action shot you have created. The curve of the lines in the walkway make the shot interesting and allow your eye to follow along. I actually like the monochromatic version better than the color version.   Posted: 03/16/2020 10:04:50

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
I agree that the image is an excellent composition. It suffers from shooting in low light conditions at too fast a shutter speed necessary to stop the subject movement. I gather this was shot on campus and could easily be redone. How about using the technique employed on the image you took of the winding path and the pedestal light? Shoot from a tripod in daylight to get a clear image. Then, shoot at dusk after the lights come on. Then, mask the first image, reducing the exposure to mimic the darkening hour and finally, capture the lighted lamps from the second onto the first. Just a thought.   Posted: 03/19/2020 10:10:52
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Absolutely, a composite could overcome the technical problems posed by shooting this in twilight. Of course, it is not possible right now, and it may not be until September that students are back. The daytime shot would have to be under heavy overcast so shadows would be absent. I am, however, reluctant to make such an image. I feel that a photograph is a record of something that occurred in one place at one instant, and it is the art of the photographer to identify such instants and such places, and I leave the manufacture of synthetic scenes to others, like painters.   Posted: 03/19/2020 12:07:07