Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA  

Crossover by Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

August 2020 - Crossover

August 2020 - Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

Original 2

August 2020 - Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

Original 1

About the Image(s)

I have been doing a lot of macro work during lockdown. I have seen pictures of forks in competitions, usually balancing eggs for some reason. So I tried balancing all sorts of other items and I like them quite a lot but I also liked the one with no added items. This was lit with an LED light above the camera and to one side. The forks were on an old glazing plate from my darkroom days when mounting glossy prints. I needed a reflective surface and decided this would work well. When I opened in RAW, I pushed the dehaze button far to the right to maximum, increased the clarity to 10 and the saturation to 80 to get a lovely purple look. You can see there are aberrations in the forks and in the background. Then I opened in Nik and played with the colour balance and lightened the centre area, then converted to mono, and darkened the areas to the right which were lighter than the left side. It sounds complicated but only took about half an hour. I do enjoy ‘playing’ when I have plenty of time.
So what do you think? Will it get anywhere in competitions? Or do I go for the balancing act?

6 comments posted

Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
I think the result was pretty good, original idea (no balancing eggs...) and expertly done. Using the dehaze button here I would not have thought of. It shows another area where this function is useful. Also, the reflections on the glazing plate worked very well. I would surely have tried this image in some PID-M sections and see what some judges say... If you do, keep us info'd.
  Posted: 08/06/2020 09:33:10
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I have just entered the colour version in a comp and I intend to use the mono soon. i will let you know how they do.   Posted: 08/06/2020 09:41:43
Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
I agree with Asbjorn about submitting the images. Personally, I feel in many ways like you did with my submission this month. I like the color version better than the black and white. I also find the smaller version of the black and white is more appealing to me than the larger version. There are some background problems that you can see in the larger version.   Posted: 08/07/2020 09:34:17
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes I didn't do the improvements to the background carefully enough. Sorry!   Posted: 08/07/2020 13:16:10
Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
I only mentioned it because, if you decided to enter the black and white version you needed to know..... Let us know how you make out with the competition you entered with the original version.   Posted: 08/07/2020 13:23:15

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
The color version is very interesting.
I like very much that I can see the imperfections in the highly magnified details.   Posted: 08/09/2020 23:26:08


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