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Getting Old by Russ Butler

September 2020 - Getting Old

September 2020 - Russ Butler


About the Image(s)

This image resulted from my son leaving some peppers out and then forgot them. When I saw them my initial thought was wow, that looks like what happens when people get old ½“ like me. While the original color version is nice with the red, it seemed to me to be BW to give its real effect, feeling & impact. Other than converting it to BW, vignette, cropping and adding a border this image is SOOC.
Converted to BW with Silver Efex Pro 2 Fine Art High Key preset, added some vignette, then added a border with FastStone Image Viewer.
Created July 2020 with Fujifilm XT4, 50/2, aperture priority, natural light, 1/75, exposure comp +1, f/5.6, ISO 2500.

14 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Hello Russ, welcome to our group.
You have a good eye for subject matter. This is indeed a good choice. I like the simplicity of just setting two peppers alone on a plain surface to discuss together how time has treated them. Perhaps the right one should be turned to face the left one?
I think it's a bit too bright in the center between the peppers, and could use a bit more contrast. So here is my suggestion. In PS, I did "Darken Highlights" overall, and then a tiny bit of "Increase Mid-tone Contrast." That all. What do you think?   Posted: 09/03/2020 18:31:10
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Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Stephen for the welcome & your suggestions. I like & appreciate your thoughts. Your take makes this a better image, thanks again...   Posted: 09/03/2020 18:54:00
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Do you like the pepper reversed. i did it quickly and it could be done much better but it gives you an idea.   Posted: 09/05/2020 05:57:18
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Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Yes I do, gives a different/interesting view. Thanks for your suggestion...   Posted: 09/05/2020 14:10:25

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I fprgot to add the version I did so here it is.   Posted: 09/05/2020 17:53:15
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Interesting, how did you do that?   Posted: 09/05/2020 19:24:13
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
As I said -not the best way! Because the peppers were completely separate, I decided a quick way would be to quick select the right hand one, make it a smart object, flip it horizontally and then tidy up any bits which were sticking out the edges, if any were. It worked although I can see there are bits around it appearing from the one behind. So, not the best way to do it-just a very quick indication of what it would look like and therefore whether it was worth doing properly.   Posted: 09/06/2020 05:53:18
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks...   Posted: 09/06/2020 15:58:17

Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
Welcome to the group, Russ. I am quite new myself. I think I would preferred the image darker and with quite a bit more contrast. So I tried to follow that thinking, and also darkened the vignettes. Make it look a bit spooky. Reason is, when I first looked at the image, before reading the text, I thought it was a couple of old pumpkins. So wrong I was...   Posted: 09/06/2020 11:33:43
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Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Asbjorn for your welcome & your edit. I agree the darker image is better. Thanks again   Posted: 09/06/2020 15:59:37

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Hi Russ and welcome to the group!

I agree with the comments above - flipping the stem, more contrast and decreasing the brightness in the center makes these two old sods stand out more. As Asbjorn said above, I too thought they were pumpkins at first. The monochrome image is more interesting in my opinion. Your first image to this group really sparked an interest as everyone tried to play with it. You chose a great subject.   Posted: 09/07/2020 09:09:10
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks for your welcome, comments & suggestions.   Posted: 09/07/2020 13:52:47

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Russ, welcome to the group. I like that Diana had the right stem point toward the left stem. It keeps the eye coming back to the 2 peppers. I also like the contrast that Stephen added. You have nice texture on the base that they are sitting on. With the various colors in the original, I think that conversion to monochrome was a good choice, and it also helps with what you wanted to portray.   Posted: 09/09/2020 14:29:38

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Tom for your welcome & comments. I appreciate it...   Posted: 09/09/2020 16:02:02


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