Julie Deer  


Rundle Mall by Julie Deer

May 2020 - Rundle Mall

About the Image(s)

This is part of the main shopping area in the CBD of Adelaide, Australia. I took the photo using scene settings on the camera and I have then tweeked the colours a little in post. I like the image, but most judges don't seem to. What would you change to improve it?


14 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
I like this image. I have often played with this result in Topaz but never quite found one that I thought would be favorably viewed by a judge. I don't know how it would go in a competition, but I would certainly give it a shot, particularly if you entered it in a creative division.   Posted: 05/03/2020 08:37:08
Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Thanks Beverley, I have put this image into a couple of competitions, but for some reason it does not score well. I still like it though!   Posted: 05/03/2020 20:11:56

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
I like this image. I have often played with this result in Topaz but never quite found one that I thought would be favorably viewed by a judge. I don't know how it would go in a competition, but I would certainly give it a shot, particularly if you entered it in a creative division.   Posted: 05/03/2020 08:37:11

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
(Groups 34 & 54)
Camera club judges seem to be cut from the same cloth. Judges in my camera club in the U.S. do not seem to like anything too creative. As to what I would change: Place the original image in a layer underneath this one in Photoshop, and use a layer mask to reveal all of the people. Then reveal a colorful sign or two. Don't overdo it. The rest will remain a sketch-like image. It may be too surreal for camera club judges, but it may also turn out quite nice.   Posted: 05/03/2020 15:00:44
Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Thanks Alan, You have given me some interesting ideas to try. Thanks!   Posted: 05/03/2020 20:12:48

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
(Group 22)
Julie, this is a travelog picture and one I am sure that relates to beautiful memories of your trip. The unfortunate thing is that most judges will consider this to be a "busy" picture and one that does not have a focal point for the eye to rest on. Alan has given you good ideas and hope those work for you. Good luck!   Posted: 05/05/2020 09:03:53
Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Thanks Joseph!   Posted: 05/05/2020 20:29:10

Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
Hi Julie! I like the perspective of the scene and the use of a vanishing point. Love the soft pastel colors. I am distracted by the green tree in the upper left foreground, perhaps removing it would be of value. I have also wanted to try this line art filter in Topaz. The geometric buildings seem like a good choice for the line art effect. Can you remove the diagonal lines in the top part of the compostion? Overall, I like what is going on and the line art gives the composition a pop art feel.   Posted: 05/07/2020 09:30:56

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
The pastel colours are quite attractive but I am afraid I'm with the judges here (sorry). It's a busy picture: an empty seat, two fellows with their backs to you, a couple of ladies walking towards the camera, a lot of signs with lettering (text always grabs the eye) but for the me the real negative is there isn't really a point of interest. Maybe the fountain, but it's a small portion of the overall picture. I agree with the comment about the tree. What you could try, which might help IMHO, would be to clone out all the shop signs and then re-evaluate.   Posted: 05/10/2020 10:18:53

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Julie, I like your image because you have taken a mundane street scene and made it artistically interesting and pleasing. There are store fronts and signs, there are window shoppers gazing in the windows, there is the diagonal of the street leading into the background.

What if you increased the contrast some to give the image more snap to catch the eyes of judges? But if you are satisfied as is, then I think you should print and frame it for your wall, an artistic creation.

The others above have some interesting variations to play with. Keep at it to please yourself.   Posted: 05/10/2020 17:02:54

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Thank you all for your interesting suggestions. I certainly will have a play including your ideas and see what happens.   Posted: 05/11/2020 07:15:06

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I personally like the busy feeling.e That's what a city is...full of life, activity, signs,etc. The subtle colors calm the busy. I'm no judge but if you like it, that's what counts!   Posted: 05/14/2020 06:31:51

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I really like the softer colors and I like it busy. You can wander around this picture for awhile and would be one to hang on your wall. My eye does stop at the green tree on the left. I would try to minimize that. I think it is lovely.   Posted: 05/18/2020 13:36:45

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
This kind of effect is so far out of my experience that I can't think of much to say about it. I studied it a good long time- your original vision of the street was a good one. I agree about taking out tree on the left. I also agree that it would be worth making the people stand out in someway, either by whiting them out so they are just white figure, putting back the photo-realistic version of them, or removing them completely.
I could really see just the street, without people, as the backdrop for a comic book scene, something like that. I think you should keep taking these kinds of pictures. You see something the rest of us don't, and this effect adds to what you see. Don't be dispirited because the jduges didn't like this one. Keep refining the expression of your vision. Eventually they will catch up to you.   Posted: 05/28/2020 10:55:12

 

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