Stephen Levitas  


Bay sunset by Stephen Levitas

November 2020 - Bay sunset

November 2020 - Stephen Levitas

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Bay Sunset

Again, from our recent Chesapeake Bay vacation, sunset from the balcony of our vacation rental house. We are on the west side of the Bay, looking east, so we see the sunset effect on the clouds across the Bay, with the sun setting behind us.

I adjusted overall brightness and contrast. Then I tried to brighten a little the most prominently lit area of the central cloud, because there was no color differentiation to make it stand out. I don’t think this was very successful. Do you folks have suggestions? I included the color original.


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15 comments posted




Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
(Group 74)
Definitely a picturesque bay and what a restful, peaceful and -I'm sure- quietest place Stephen. It's an amazing area to rest. If we talk technically: Colors always cover minor problems; but only two colors and the tones of gray show all e.g. tones of bluish clouds are seen as noise in bnw version. That's why I convert limited subjects to bnw. Anyway, I'm going to re-edit your original copy to explain what I said. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/02/2020 04:15:19
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Merhaba Ata,
Thanks for the edit. It looks very good. Please give me an outline of your steps, so I can try the same thing myself in the future.
Our family and friends in Izmir were unaffected by the earthquake, and our friend is still occupying our summer house in Cesme. I hope no one you know was affected.
--Steve   Posted: 11/02/2020 10:35:46
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
(Group 74)
Hi Stephen, my mother is from Izmir so we have friends and relatives there. Fortunately, nobody was affected; but we're so sad that too many people have died (102 as of this morning) and injured (1026), collapsed buildings, earthquake homeless' while winter is approaching. Search & Rescue Teams plus Paramedics have made superhuman efforts and worked miracles. Our government will give full support e.g. free construction of new buildings instead of collapsed ones within a year, new furnitures and household appliances will be given; temporary house rent and relocation costs will be covered for a year and plus cash support for each family.
Regarding re-edit of your photo; I used PS to adjust shadows, brightness, highlights, midtone contrast and used black in gradients. Then, I used Canon's very professional tool DPP to sharpen your pic. Briefly, every photographer looks different with different photographic eye e.g. patterns, spaces, geometry, angles etc i.e. photography is a creative art so only technical issues can / must be developed by other photographers. Your choreography was excellent; but photo was dark, noisy and not sharp enough and I helped my friend to achieve perfection. Thanks for sharing Stephen.   Posted: 11/03/2020 01:32:26



Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Stephen, you have captured a very pleasing image. Your edit is nice. I like the brightness & reflection of the cloud. Also, I like the blue/pink in the original.   Posted: 11/02/2020 21:41:00



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
A very nice image with foreground detail to give a lot of depth, and it looks sharp from front to back. Your capture was at the correct moment to get part of clouds brightly lighted. I like the reflections in the water. A minor suggestion, I would clone out the obvious man made structure in the lower right. To me, it draws my eye and takes away from the natural beauty of the image.   Posted: 11/04/2020 17:00:41
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Good idea, Tom, to remove the wood water-break on the lower right. There is also a stone one on the lower left. I did not think to take them out becauses this was a vacation memory shot, but I think you are right that for a formal composition they might better be gone.   Posted: 11/05/2020 13:25:11



Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Hi Stephen

I lovely, restful and secluded bay. I think when you converted to B/W that you lost some detail in the sky.
A few clicks of the mouse in PS and the clouds are back to being magical.   Posted: 11/08/2020 12:20:06
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Hi Larry,
Thanks for this so much. Please tell me about those few clicks--I did a general desaturation to convert to b/w. What did you do? I want to learn that.   Posted: 11/08/2020 16:19:20
Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
Hi Larry - those clicks made it all, for me at least. The nice sky and the clouds are kept intact, while the warmth of the general scene is there as well.   Posted: 11/11/2020 06:05:23
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
After a basic conversion to B/W done by desaturating everything, I added a Lightroom gradient filter at the top and adjusted exposure, whites and blacks and a bit of contrast.

I added another in reverse at the bottom as well. Then used the adjustment brush to brighten the reflection on the water and did a bit of cropping. That's all folks. :-)   Posted: 11/11/2020 16:48:06



Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
The serenity of the location when you were there is evident in your photo. You are correct that sunrise/sunset images without the color lack the impact of your color image. Without being aware, I tried something similar to Larry's suggestion to bring the emphasis more to the stormy sky. I don't know for certain what he did, but I started with the color image and brightened it considerably by adjusting shadows and highlights. I also cropped it, of course. Then I converted to monochrome, and selected the sky separately to further increase the contrast there. Hopefully, that makes sense. Others likely have more effective editing procedures.   Posted: 11/10/2020 00:14:02



Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I'm completely out of line here-I much prefer the colour image and feel it is a waste of such beautiful colour to change it to mono! It's a lovely tranquil scene and I'd enjoy sitting there and watching the sun sink quietly down to the horizon and watching the colour changes as it did so, but I'd never turn it mono. Sorry!   Posted: 11/16/2020 08:58:50
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I totally agree. I just tried it, and was not satisfied. But Larry did do a pretty good job with his try at it. Some subjects are just essentially color shot.   Posted: 11/16/2020 09:59:44
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes they are! I'm watching the sky now out of my study window and hoping that it will turn pink, but the chance of rain is rather high so it is unlikely.   Posted: 11/16/2020 10:01:42
Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Like vermillion flycatchers, I suspect!   Posted: 11/17/2020 21:10:38