Larry Crook  

Three Men and a Dog by Larry Crook

August 2019 - Three Men and a Dog

August 2019 - Larry Crook


About the Image(s)

About: This was taken in Split, Croatia, this past February with my Nikon D-750 using a 28-300 zoom lens set at 34 mm, F 3.8, 1/400 second. The raw file was opened and cropped using Photoshop CC and then converted to B&W using Silver Effex Pro 2. Last I straightened the image using Lightroom.

The men are not really holding hands, it just looks like it. I had a lot of trouble with the brightness of the wall behind the men and would appreciate any suggestions.

9 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
It does look like they are holding hands so I had to look closer before reading your notes. It is a very strong image with good impact the dog is a great added bonus. The tones, contrast and detail are very good. The position of the men works well to pull the viewer into the image. I might lighten the dog a bit to put more attention on it, I did not see it until I read the description. The wall could maybe be toned down with the Adjustment brush.   Posted: 08/07/2019 12:55:21

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
I have to agree that it looks like three builders walking down a lane holding hands. You would not see that over here. But I do have to say it is a nice image to view with all the architecture, if you use luminosity mask this will be easy, But I would pull those bright image back a touch as they are to bright and I would tone down the bright water reflection around the drain.

But whoever that dog belongs to he or she is wonderful and giving you the evil eye. For me it makes a good image to one that puts a big smile on my face. Nice work just solve the bright spots.   Posted: 08/15/2019 09:21:38
Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
If you do have problems with bright spots and toning, then I would have a look at YouTube and Tony Kyper, Luminosity Mask.
A lot of the video's will be under Shawn Bagshaw. It is a small out lay that will change you processing forever. Worth a look. Works with Photoshop CC.   Posted: 08/15/2019 09:26:45

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Good one Larry. You bring an interesting storyline here. I too thought they were holding hands till I read your description of the image. I too would prefer that you lighten the dog and help the viewer to get there more easily. To add you can burn the text 'market' and 'candy bar' a tad as it is unnecessarily catching my attention and distracting me from traveling along this path. To fine tune the compo you have cropped it based on content and the resultant aspect seems odd. As a single image there is no issues, but with panel shots having an odd aspect could be bothersome. Moreover this is coming close to a square, so I would suggest you have a more rectangular aspect that could fit a 3:2. Yes, the bright spots to be handled and Paul has provided his advice on that. Well done Larry.   Posted: 08/16/2019 13:52:38

Steve Knight
Very nice. I really like the composition. When I first saw this I immediately thought of a slot canyon. This is essentially an urban slot canyon. For my money I would have gone for that effect by darkening the side walls giving it sort of a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel look. comments on bright spots are on point as well.   Posted: 08/16/2019 15:52:00

Larry Crook   Larry Crook
Thank you for your comments and suggestions. I'm looking forward to learning about Luminosity Mask.   Posted: 08/17/2019 16:40:11

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
I like this kind of image, especially in B&W, which is the a subject for B&W.
I didn't immediately see the dog, event it is an essential element of the picture.
I like the contract between the Old (pebbles Walls) and the New (Panels Candy Bar - Market).
More contrast on the Walls? It is your choice.   Posted: 08/23/2019 07:34:20

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
I have no problem with the dog. I read the title and looked for the dog. Paul Hoffman is a master of Luminosity Masks. Besides Tony K's work, new and easier and less complex panels are available. I will find out and get back to everyone.

I really like the sharpness and depth of field that you got with F 3.8?
except the for the center building in the background, you achieved outstanding tonality.   Posted: 08/24/2019 17:17:26

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
I agree with Jerry, for me if I concentrate on the image it feels like being there.
  Posted: 08/24/2019 23:18:29


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