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Bethesda MD Purple Line Site by Stephen Levitas

February 2021 - Bethesda MD Purple Line Site

February 2021 - Stephen Levitas


About the Image(s)

This is the early stage of the construction site for the new building going up atop the Bethesda, MD terminus of the new Purple Line Light Rail (for DC locals). I shot it from a high floor of the office building opposite. I like the clutter of the site. I tried to up the contrast. I cut off the cranes a bit because I did not want a lot of sky in this, but preferred to concentrate on the site. How does it look?

10 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
(Group 74)
Hi Stephen, frankly speaking, it looks very complicated. It can be easy to identify parts, equipments, workers etc in color version; but in grayscale, communication between my eyes and brain is overloaded:) On the other hand, this is a great photo showing us what a difficult and complex job to construct such a big building.

Your PS work is ok. Thanks for sharing.
  Posted: 02/01/2021 02:45:48
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Hello Ata,
Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comments.   Posted: 02/01/2021 23:20:22

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
To me this is a excellent documentary of a very complex & complicated construction project. Makes me wonder how these projects are organized & worked out, ie, have the materials, manpower & right equipment at the right time/place. But for me is really busy & a little difficult to focus. I like the cropping & compotation. I did edit one in low key, but not sure that helps any.   Posted: 02/01/2021 21:32:36
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Russ, what a good idea to use low key. I like the result. What are the adjustment concepts to use to do this? Is it just to darken and increase contrast?   Posted: 02/01/2021 23:22:08
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
I used Silver Efex Pro 2, then preset #009 "Low Key 1" was the only adjustment. This preset changes the entire image. Glad you like it. Hope your day was a good one.   Posted: 02/01/2021 23:33:12

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
This is a very busy image, but it does show all of the activity needed for a project like this. I do like the framing of the large buildings on both sides. I think that Russ went too dark, and I like the image as originally presented. It has good blacks and whites.   Posted: 02/06/2021 10:43:37

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree this is almost too complex to take in. However it is a record shot for the future, so I hope you can get back there and take more as it progresses. I would like to see it in colour so can you send one in please. I like Russ' alterations but you all know I like very contrasty images.

Steve sent the original and I have just uploaded it.   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:06:55

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
A good shot for the record book about a construction activity. Nicely framed on each side. Vertical lines are vertical. Good contrast. But in the end it is a record shot for the books and the participants. (nothing wrong with that, however, since to be a successful photograph it ought to meet the maker's needs and wants.)   Posted: 02/12/2021 15:58:01

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The image is well captured, but a bit too busy in b&w for my eye. I actually like the color version better. As already said it's a good documentary shot, but if you bump up the sky (and maybe the reds), it would be a great jigsaw puzzle pattern. I'm quite the fan of jigsaw puzzles, and this looks to me it would be an interesting 1500 piece puzzle pattern. Different segments of color, texture and worker activity.   Posted: 02/14/2021 10:54:39
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Jigsaw puzzle? What a good idea. But similarly, we have here in Washington, DC the Washington Post, and every Sunday they publish a magazine with the Sunday paper--which has a "Find 10 Differences" puzzle in it. You have inspired me to submit this image as a candidate for that. Thanks!   Posted: 02/14/2021 18:06:40


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