Arne Skinlo  

Rainy Night in Bergen by Arne Skinlo

September 2020 - Rainy Night in Bergen

September 2020 - Arne Skinlo


About the Image(s)

Rainy Night in Bergen

This is a rather normal scene in Bergen as it is well know for its rain. The camera is almost on ground level in order to emphasize on the wet surface. I chose a shutter speed that was a compromise between getting rid of the cars and keep the water droplets and people rather sharp. The post processing is done in Photoshop. Firstly, it is cropped to focus on the interesting parts of the subject. Then I have darkened and increased contrast on the foreground and lowered the contrast on the buildings to give a mood of rain and mist. I have also used a new plugin called Infinite Black and White.

Camera: Canon 5D mark 4 with Canon 24-70 mm 2,8 at 70 mm.
Settings: ISO: 100, Shutter: 4 sec, Aperture: f/11

6 comments posted

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
This appears to be well composed to me, and I like the idea of having the camera at a low angle to capitalize on the reflections, the starburst of the lights and overall exposure. To my eye, at first glance, it appears to be a really flat image so my first thought was it needed a lot more clarity and contrast and then I read your comments. If you were trying to create a foggy feeling, I would consider pushing the effect a lot more so it is clear that a fog/heavy rain is present.   Posted: 09/04/2020 08:36:43

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I like the feeling created by this being shot from a low angle. This is something I feel is not used often enough by photographers. In this instance it bring me into the image and I feel like I'm part of the scene.

After reading your description I think you did a fine job of eliminating the cars and still keeping the feel of the rain. The thing I would change would be to crop the blurred man from the right. The other figures retain enough sharpness that it makes the figure on the left stand out.   Posted: 09/04/2020 16:09:28

Richard White   Richard White
I like mood you developed and I belive you got it. A couple of points, I remove the blurred three people on the right, I don't belive the add to the photo. I would also remove the lights of the cars on the left. Love the angle of the shot, down low, it helps giving the feeling of the night and the rain.

  Posted: 09/05/2020 18:13:15

George R Phile   George R Phile
A nice nighttime image. I look at the images and make my comments before I look at what the image is about. After reading about what you were trying to do, I threw out almost all of my comments! I think you accomplished your objective. The only thing I would do would be to crop out the person at the right of the image and, if you do that, maybe crop a bit more from the bottom of the image also. Nice image.   Posted: 09/08/2020 09:47:29

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
Nice b&w conversion. I like the longer exposure to blur out the cars and the way the light plays on the wet street. The man to the right does not really bother me. I do agree with Micheal punching up the mist/rain effect might make the effect more obvious.   Posted: 09/15/2020 00:04:09

Debbie DeLong   Debbie DeLong
I also think to do a crop of the form on the right. Great photo for telling a story!   Posted: 09/17/2020 09:21:46


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