Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  

Whittington Park in Winter by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

February 2021 - Whittington Park in Winter

February 2021 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA


About the Image(s)

We had a beautiful spring-like day a couple weeks ago, so I set off with the Canon 7D IR camera hoping to find a subject I've overlooked in the past. In the Babe Ruth era Whittington Park housed a field that was used by Major League Baseball for spring training. Now it is a quiet tree-lined residential neighborhood with only a small marker to identify the site of what was once home base. I tried capture this from the opposite bank to avoid the sun flare, but the angle was not as attractive, so I had some extra work to do in post-processing.
After initial processing in LR and using Swap No. 2 in CLir, then cloning out the sun flare, I did quite a bit of targeted adjustment (brightening, darkening, adding structure and contrast) in Viveza. In particular, the trees above the concrete footbridge needed a lot of work. The monochrome conversion was done in Silver Efex Pro.

11 comments posted

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
As in your usual style Sharon, this is beautifully processed with a high key effect to it. The backdrop of trees behind the bridge sets off the picture nicely. and the stream leads us into that area under the bridge. I feel that in the embankment areas at either side a little more contrast is needed to hold the scene together and give a little more detail and interest in the grassed areas and brick wall. That is only my opinion that it would improve the scene which is quite beautiful.   Posted: 02/07/2021 04:41:42
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Helen...good suggestion. I will work on those aeas a bit more. We are expecting snow this week - very rare in this area - so maybe I will get a chnace to see what IR does with snow.   Posted: 02/14/2021 11:05:09

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
(Groups 4 & 88)
To my eye there are several things that are striking in this image. For me the balance between the darker tones at the top and middle bottom together with the lighter tones at each side in the bottom give this image great balance. I also feel that the lines on the stream together with the lines of the bridge draw and hold the viewer's eye right in the center of this image. Lastly, I think that the softness of the grasses and rocks also adds to the image. Good job!   Posted: 02/08/2021 08:09:26
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Gary. More adventures in desperately seeking a subject.   Posted: 02/08/2021 08:14:10

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
This is a very pleasing scene and as usual your processing has enhanced the image. Your work on removing the sun flare is excellent, I cannot detect any sign of it. I agree with Helen's suggestion i.e. that a little more contrast in the banks would add to the image. As has already been said, the composition is well thought out as it leads the eye along the stream to the bridge.   Posted: 02/14/2021 08:12:30
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
When I do a high key image I always think of your work. Thanks for the suggestions. I will work on those banksa bit more.   Posted: 02/14/2021 11:06:16

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Lovely! It is wonderfully cheerful! I like it because of the high key makes me feel hopeful for better days. I like how I am immediately drawn to the bridge and then the stream carries my eye a bit further int the photo. You have made drab cement look great, well done!   Posted: 02/16/2021 09:34:36

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
I get two reactions from this image, one is the feeling of coldness because of the snow the other is a place of beauty. I just want to be there. The composition is wonderful as one element does not dominate over the others and even though they are separate, all seem to work together. The tree on the right, next to the bridge, breaks up the starkness of the bridge. Then the bench on the other side of the bridge beckons the viewer "sit a while and enjoy the view." All in all. you did great job in converting from IR to a b/w picture.   Posted: 02/18/2021 08:27:34
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Funny thing...that is not snow. It ws 60 degrees on that day just a few weeks ago. At the moment however, it is under at least a foot of snow - very unusual for central Arkansas.   Posted: 02/18/2021 09:44:55

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice, I like the way the water lines leading up to the bridge. Also, like the processing.
We have a lot of snow here in Cincinnati, it will be nice to get back out and shoot seens like this again.   Posted: 02/19/2021 12:07:45

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Very nice.
The bridge siding is a rather large plain area. Did you try to layer a bit of texture over that?
  Posted: 02/20/2021 10:45:46


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