Stephen Levitas  


First jumble by Stephen Levitas

January 2020 - First jumble

January 2020 - Stephen Levitas

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Title: First Jumble

I have been shooting Jumbles for about 20 years. Here is how it all started—shooting straight down into a basket of nail polish bottles at an open-air market.

It looks better in color, I think? What do you think?


10 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Actually I like the B/W better. My eye is naturally drawn to the light and bright and in the color version the numerous white caps make my eye feel like it is jumping around the image. In the B/W version the more even tones allow me to enjoy the other compositional features such as leading lines. I feel that there are many caps that in one way or the other are pointed at the "Woo" bottle, which for me becomes the dominate subject.

While jumbles like this are not my favorite subjects (I'm a naturalist) I find that this one captivates me.   Posted: 01/03/2020 07:26:51

Gloria Fine
Stephen: I agree with Larry! The only thing that I would change is the Title. I would call it "Woo" or "Elegant Woo" because that is what caught my eyes.   Posted: 01/03/2020 07:41:05
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Woo Hoo!!! :-)   Posted: 01/03/2020 20:26:09
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
You nailed it, Larry. That's so much fun. Thanks.   Posted: 01/03/2020 22:39:36

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I like the B&W version as well. The color version is fun, but the other glittery polishes distract. Elegant Woo Hoo really fits and Larry is right about the bottle caps leading to the woo bottle. Nice job!   Posted: 01/06/2020 19:12:16

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Yes, the color is too busy. Of course if you really want Woo Hoo, leave the Woo red.   Posted: 01/09/2020 14:19:28
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Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
(Group 60)
Hi Stephen, dropping by from Group 60 to check out your Jumbles. I like these types of shots for Macro work. I do prefer the monochrome image but in saying that, I'm kind of a Contrast guy when in comes to B&W, so one alternative thought might be to use the Black slider to add a little more black to this image. There is a lot of middle gray; maybe a little more black could add more depth. Not too much so you loose details in shadows but a little. If your editing software can do Luminosity masks, that could be way selectively darkening some of those middle grays. Just a thought. Happy Jumbling!
PS Played around with your image in ON1; bumped up the Whites and midtowns and selectively in some shadow areas. Wanted the bottom of that Elegant bottle under the Woo bottle show up, to add more depth. Did it work or did I go to far?   Posted: 01/15/2020 10:32:43
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Thanks for visiting, Bob. I had tried it myself and got this. I like the increased contrast.   Posted: 01/15/2020 16:56:17
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Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
(Group 60)
Cool, I like it. A little contrast goes a long way. Give it a little pop and depth.   Posted: 01/15/2020 16:59:57

Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
(Group 43)
I thought I would look at your work and am in Group 43. I appreciated your comments on my photo. I think your B & W has great whites blacks and grays.It really seems to work.
  Posted: 01/19/2020 10:09:54

 

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