Helen Herbert, EPSA  

Foundry by Helen Herbert, EPSA

November 2020 - Foundry

November 2020 - Helen Herbert, EPSA


About the Image(s)

Taken with my usual Nikon D200 converted camera and 17-35 Sigma lens at 17m.m.
This is an old Foundry in Workington situated on the banks of a river. I shot this this with the wide angle setting as I had no room to move further back being on the bridge as far back as I could get. The beautiful old church is showing its turret but because of my position could not move or get a different viewpoint to lose it. Trying to get rid of it in PS at the moment is impossible as I have just got the latest update and had a lot of trouble on the way. However that is my tale of woe over with. In processing this I cropped slightly on the right to get rid of the artifact there and used the spot remover in Raw to remove the spot in the sky. Foolishly I processed some of this in Raw and added texture, but found when placing it in CLIR it showed a lot of noise, which I did not like in the sky. In CLIR I used the Auto Levels which I always do before I start, then chose no.1 on the processing bar, from there I went into IR White balance, then I can't remember what after that, but I did not do too much more. However I then used Topaz de Noise to soften the sky and left the the noise remaining in the building.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I think this is a worthy subject and it works well in IR. Thank you for sharing some of the steps you took in CLIR. It sounds like you are beginning to establish a workflow - something I have not yet figured out for myself. I think that the foliage on the left does not add much to the image and would suggest cropping it out. I also wonder if the strong shadows could be opened up a bit.   Posted: 11/14/2020 15:55:43

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
This is an interesting building and I like the way you have used the wall as a lead in line. The mellow colours suit the scene. I was about to suggest that you clone out the church tower but then read about your troubles with PS. Alan has trouble too and ended up reinstalling it. I agree with Sharon about cropping the tree out on the left.   Posted: 11/15/2020 12:39:50

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
I can see why removing the church is difficult as it is an unusual shape to clone. The building is a good subject with its construction. My feeling about the scene is that the surrounding foliage is far too bright and draws attention away from the building. In this instance CLiR does not improve the image. My suggestion is to see how it looks as a conventional IR b/w and if the detail in the building shows as it is an important aspect of the scene. then you could darken the foliage so it doesn't compete for attention.   Posted: 11/16/2020 08:34:52

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
First, the scene is wonderful and your processing is fabulous. I have yet to get colors that I really like with CLir (but I am getting some great BW from it). I do think you could crop the tree on the left out, too. There is a metal pipe peeking over the wall on the right that I would clone out as well. The only thing that I could suggest that might be adding more structure to the brick of the building (Topaz Detail or Viveza both could do it) so that it has the same level of detail as the wall leading to it.   Posted: 11/16/2020 11:24:55

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice, I also think cloning out the small light or pole on right would be good. Other than that, cannot think of anything else to improve.   Posted: 11/19/2020 11:22:11

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Although it was a battle I think you produced a lovely image. I agree on leaving the noise in the stones, the noise is hidden and you don't want to soften them.
I think if you had removed most of the tree on the left it would have made the composition too tight and thus less interesting. The left side provides a balance to the right side trees and to the very tall tower.   Posted: 11/23/2020 14:46:44