Anne Nettles  

Peace Be Still by Anne Nettles

June 2020 - Peace Be Still

June 2020 - Anne Nettles


About the Image(s)

The concept for this image was to juxtapose the nun who most often represents spirituality, calmness, and stability, against a world that is often unstable and chaotic, hence the name "Peace Be Still." The image was taken early one morning in Rome, Italy on bridge over the Tiber River. It was originally a color image. I made some minor adjustments in LR adjusting clarity, exposure, and the black and white points. Then, I took it into PS where I adjusted the levels. I selected the figure and did a reverse selection, so I could add a motion blur to everything but the figure. Lastly, I converted it to black and white in Silver Effects. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on how I could improve the image.

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6 comments posted

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Anne, what an interesting image you have given us! I think I would darken the bright light at the top of the image which was sky on the original image. My eye also keeps going to the blurred shadows around the bottom of her dress. I do like the mono treatment of this image too.   Posted: 06/08/2020 05:55:18

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Anne, what a great catch of an image!
I actually like your original better. All I would do to the original is crop the left and right sides so the lampoists act as a frame. That done, it would also work in B&W. There is something very powerful about a veiled figure crossing that particular bridge, and the image is rich in textures.
I do like your final, just not as much as the original I like the vertical cropping, I like the B&W, and I like the effect. To my way of thinking, you have posted two good pictures! A little slider work on the final to make the blacks blacker might add to the effect. Great work!   Posted: 06/13/2020 08:45:08

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Anne, wonderful concept and wonderful execution to a clear image. Black and white works here. The steadfastness of the church vs the maelstrom modern life.

I like that the nun is marching with determined footsteps into the swirl of ever evolving life. I like that the nun is off center and that there are a variety of lights and shadows throughout the image.

Suggestion - would it be possible to take out the soft fringe about some portions of the nun?

Great work!
  Posted: 06/15/2020 10:55:48

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
So creative, Anne! The calm nun, marching into the madness off the world....what contrast!!!! I love the B and W as well!!!   Posted: 06/16/2020 07:11:38

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Nice idea. To me the swirl surrounding the figure is perhaps a little overdone but that's a question of taste. Have you entered this in any club competitions?   Posted: 06/25/2020 09:27:50

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
Great idea of the swirl. It really makes me feel off balance and take a longer look at the imagel   Posted: 06/25/2020 15:42:59