Stuart Bacon, QPSA  

Napa Valley Vinyard by Stuart Bacon, QPSA

September 2020 - Napa Valley Vinyard

September 2020 - Stuart Bacon, QPSA


About the Image(s)

In the spring the wild mustard flower blooms and in the Napa Valley vineyards it can make for a colorful sight. This image has been a favorite in b/w so decided to experiment in color with CLiR. It was taken with my converted Nikon D50 with a 665nm filter, an exposure of 1/1250 at f 8 and the 18-250mm lens set at 46mm. It was opened in Bridge then to RAW for exposure and contrast adjustment. In Photoshop the channels were switched then it was trial and error in CLiR. How I got to the final result is a mystery as I was not able to reconstruct the steps.

7 comments posted

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I like the original quite a bit and I love the foreground of your processed photo. I am not a fan of the cyan-ish cast on the building and I think it (the cyan) overwhelms your sky. I think it dulls down the entire photo. I think I would brighten the sky a bit and get a balance between sky and foreground. Did you play with a B&W option? I think there is so much potential in this photo. I love the "Christmas tree" next to the building.   Posted: 09/11/2020 16:40:14
Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
Thanks, I still have a long way to go to get the colors that I want.   Posted: 09/12/2020 08:48:31

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
I do like the overall look Stuart, but like Debbie find it very strong colour wise. I feel it wouldn't take much to tone it down a touch to make it a more appealing image. Whether this be by adjusting your Hue & Sat. sliders or other method I feel it would be worth it. I can understand your frustration messing around with CLiR. I am still messing with it. There is no right or wrong, it's all experimentation until you get what you like. But I think you could adjust this now in PS.   Posted: 09/13/2020 03:32:42

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
I can see that the wild mustard must have been a very colourful sight. I like the yellow of the mustard you have achieved in your image but I too find the blue of the building and sky too strong. The clouds have also picked up a yellow cast which I think detracts from an interesting sky. I like the three trees next to and behind the barn which I think add interest to the scene, it looks as if there are nests of some kind hanging from the branches, is this the case?   Posted: 09/13/2020 07:23:52

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Sturart, I could not resist playing around with your image. I hope you don't mind. In PS I added a white layer, chose Soft Light blending mode and reduced that opacity to tone the color down. I added a curves layer and adjusted the midtones. Then Inbn LR I applied a gradient filter and darkened the foreground, an cropped a bit. Last, I ran it through Topaz AI Denoise. Let me know what you think.   Posted: 09/13/2020 15:29:59
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Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
The more that I look at the original he more I find the colors too strong. I like your change and will see if I can do it on another color image. I appreciate your comments (as well as those from others in the group.)   Posted: 09/14/2020 08:09:19

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
I like the image, I would just like to see it a little big brighter.   Posted: 09/21/2020 08:49:39


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