Henry Roberts  

Rio de Janeiro Favala by Henry Roberts

October 2020 - Rio de Janeiro Favala

October 2020 - Henry Roberts


About the Image(s)

In 2003 I spent 10 days or so in Rio de Janeiro photographing about the city getting scenic, street, and flower shots. Recently I have been organizing my files and sorted out some Rio files to work on. This file I took into PS CC and played with the filters following ideas from a book Best Photoshop Filters by Susannah Hall, copyright 2012. A lot of playing and trial and error did not generate any really useful results.

Then I turned to Topaz Studio plug-in filters and again did a lot of trial and error to move away from a straight photograph towards something more artistic. I finally settled on the filter Impression>Surat afternoon I>Color Dodge filter to produce Rio de Janeiro Favela. .

What do you think?

Nikon D1
1/180 @ f7
24-120 zoom lens @63mm
Hand held

7 comments posted

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Henry, I too am enjoying the topaz filters. Although your image has a little more punch with the bright red tones I personally don't feel it adds much to the original image. I try to use filters to create a mood or tie themes together rather than just make things different. I did a quick black/white color adjustment to help focus on the clothing as that grabbed my attention in the original just as an example.   Posted: 10/10/2020 12:02:13
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Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Brad, your black and white adjustment does focus on the clothing in a subtle way and also accentuates the jumble of transmission lines.

You have given me a new way to look at filters as creating a mood or tying things together. Currently I seem to be in a mood to use splashy colors, to posterize if you will and change, emphasize the original colors. Thanks for the new insights.   Posted: 10/12/2020 10:20:24
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Henry, Don't let me discourage you from exploring your splashy color mood. I believe the main reason to do art is to express what's inside you, not to please your audience. I always hesitate to share suggestions for fear of offending. I joined this group to learn from other photography enthusiasts and hope my suggestions are received in that light.   Posted: 10/12/2020 10:26:30
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Hi Brad, your suggestions do not discourage me and in fact I enjoy truthful comments for it opens me to new ways of looking and thinking. What is so enjoyable about a creative group is that we try new things to please ourselves and to see what the response of others is.   Posted: 10/12/2020 11:00:57

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Your subject matter is very interesting, and I like what your colleague, Brad, suggested about minimizing the color treatment.
I see that this favala has electricity. The jumble of wires running into it is a good social commentary. Do you know if there was good water and sewage?   Posted: 10/12/2020 00:25:33
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Steve, thanks for your comments. In answer to your questions I blew up the original taken in 2003 which appears to show some pvc pipes here and there. Whether they are water or sewer pipes I do not know and at the time I did not ask if there were water or sewer lines.

As background I hired a cab to take me about for the day and one of the things I wanted to see was a favala. I was on one side of a steep open ravine or valley with this image showing the opposite side. I do not recall seeing wells or water pumps nor do I recall seeing open sewage runs so my guess is that there were some sort of water and sewage lines. When the pandemic quarantine is lifted, I would like to do a return trip.   Posted: 10/12/2020 10:36:50
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hi Henry, thanks for visiting my group 32. I admire your vigor in making sure as a tourist that you see everything when you travel. I like very much the stories about getting to the places as well as how the photos were shot.
My wife and I visited Rio a couple of years ago. She was invited by one of her senior citizen students who has a home there. My wife just retired from teaching Philosophy at the local community college.
I looked at your bio. I lived outside of Minneapolis when I was in 6th and 7th grade, and studied state history at that time. I used to know the names of all five iron ore ranges.   Posted: 10/12/2020 13:01:23


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