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Museum Shadows by Steve Knight

November 2020 - Museum Shadows

November 2020 - Steve Knight


About the Image(s)

This was taken from the courtyard of the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. We had gone to an O'Keeffe exhibition and it was dull and overcast when we went in. When we exited back to the courtyard the clouds were gone and the shadows were perfect.

This photograph was taken with a Canon 6D at 1/60 sec at f:16. The ISO was 200 and was shot with a 100mm lens. The initial adjustments were done in Lightroom. Here I mainly darkened the shadows and the sky luminance as my intent was to go black with the sky using a red filter in SEP2, which is where the image was converted. I additionally added clarity once back in Lightroom to bring out the texture contrast.

10 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Wow, this has very strong impact. The shadow line patterns are great and the overall texture stands out with great detail. The DOF makes it look like I am standing right there. I think the shadow lines give balance to the larger wall on the left. I would not change a thing and I would have this printed large and hanging on my wall.   Posted: 11/03/2020 15:41:06
Steve Knight   Steve Knight
Thanks David. And it's hanging on the wall already. I printed this on 13 x 19 Entrada Rag and it turned out great.   Posted: 11/03/2020 17:13:50

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 47 & 66)
Black and white just takes this to another level, Steve. It really brings out the repeating lines of the shadows. Love the black sky. Well conceived!   Posted: 11/03/2020 15:55:22
Steve Knight   Steve Knight
Thank you Jack.   Posted: 11/03/2020 17:14:15

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Your SEP preset gave the image a warm toned look and it really works in this outstanding image. I see more of the texture in the hand plastered of the adobe mud. So glad you printed and framed this image. We all need to her printing some or our printers will dry up from not using. Jerry   Posted: 11/06/2020 12:54:28

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
The colour version is a good image, but turning the image monochrome has made the image pop, the shadows are so powerful and that wonderful shape of the wall on the left is brilliant. I like the slight toning as it adds a nice warmth to the image. Very strong monochrome.   Posted: 11/13/2020 07:08:42

Larry Crook   Larry Crook
Wonderful! This is what a great monochrome of the Santa Fe area should be. The light, the texture, the tones, the composition - what a great impact it all makes.   Posted: 11/16/2020 12:01:55

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Steve, this is a wonderfully visualized and captured composition. One of my favorite destinations for purchasing art and capturing photographic compositions. As Larry states above, indeed, the way we enjoy viewing the New Mexico (and Santa Fe) varied landscape, artifacts and architecture, in Black and white.   Posted: 11/18/2020 09:27:34

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
This is a wow image. I like the impact, the play of light and shadow, texture and tones. You did well and the monochrome is by far the medium for this one. The slight warmth adds to the impact. Steve good to know it is already hanging on the wall. Most deserving. Liked it.   Posted: 11/24/2020 02:00:22

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Shadow can often means B&W picture. Here is a good exemple. These lines (orientation en length) are great.
I often say and write a cloudy sky means a picture in B&W. Here it is just the contrary, the blue sky without clouds allow you to have a beautiful black sky. The sky is at a good position (1/3) of the picture.
The texture of the wall is very well rendered.
Job Well Done.
  Posted: 11/26/2020 06:13:51


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