Ian Chantler  

Above us only sky by Ian Chantler

February 2021 - Above us only sky

About the Image(s)

I'm afraid I can't claim credit for the title a local lad beat me to it,this image was taken the week before the first lockdown my last real break on the West Lancashire coast as I have worked through all the lockdowns. I struggled with how to present this image though I knew what I wanted so I left alone for a month or so then would re visit still no inspiration then on the way home from work the other night I was listening to a lady on the radio explaining how the lockdowns had made her feel so isolated and alone this was the inspiration I needed to see the image exactly how I wanted to present it and my way of reaching out to all those who have been affected by this terrible virus and hopefully letting them know that someone is thinking of them.

How I did it

camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon lensEF24-105mm f/4L IS USM f8 500s ISO 100
Raw file converted in photoshop basic adjustments made converted to mono using a gradient map on an adjustment layer contrast adjusted and some dodging and burning using luminosity masks sharpened using a high pass filter and 2px border added

11 comments posted

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ian - I love the concept of this image which clearly highlights the feeling of isolation and loneliness. Composition is spot on. The clouds appear to be pressing down on the person emphasizing the feeling that you wanted to portray in the image.

The figure is a little lost in the darker tones of the sky and I feel that marginal brightening of it would make it stand out a little more. Nit picking the cloud in the extreme top right corner is a little bright to my eyes.

O'all - very well done!   Posted: 02/06/2021 06:46:38
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Peter
I have lightened the figure slighttly and darkened the top right hand corner   Posted: 02/07/2021 07:12:14
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Peter Clark   Peter Clark
A great improvement IMHO   Posted: 02/09/2021 05:30:00
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Peter   Posted: 02/09/2021 12:51:14

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Peter
Many thanks I thought the person may be a little dark that is the beauty of this group we can advise and help each other I will lighten the gentleman and re work that area of the cloud   Posted: 02/06/2021 11:10:57

Ed Ries
Ian I also like the concept. I would like the figure to more visible if possible.   Posted: 02/06/2021 22:15:23
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ed
Many thanks am going to play with a masked curves adjustment layer this afternoon on the figure.   Posted: 02/07/2021 05:15:46

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Ian: Your image totally conveys the feelings most of us are having during this horrible virus. Being alone living in cocoon land feeling invisible in this world - just like the lad in your image. Your composition speaks volumes.   Posted: 02/08/2021 07:01:50
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Thank you Ella I wanted to try and produce a image that in my mind summed up how the world is feeling.
Take care stay safe.   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:41:25

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
An image which really catches the current situation.
The amended version is better.   Posted: 02/10/2021 04:36:15

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
I like the concept very much Ian. The suggestion, and subsequent update in the image, is a significant improvement.   Posted: 02/15/2021 12:09:59


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