David Terao  

Mother and Child by David Terao

December 2019 - Mother and Child

December 2019 - David Terao


About the Image(s)

I shot this image at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC using my iPhone 11 Pro. Yes, an iPhone. Even though I had my "real" cameras with me, they were in my camera bag when I saw this shot coming. I knew I didn't have time to take out my camera and put on a lens, so I whipped out my iPhone. It took quite a bit of post-processing in Photoshop to give the bright end of the tunnel an ethereal look. Essentially, I converted the image to its negative and brushed in the dark areas (e.g., people, signs, chairs, etc.) with the lighter, reversed images using a layer mask. I also added a subtle white-to-transparent radial gradient. Exposure was 1/30 sec and f/1.8 and ISO 500 using an equivalent of 26mm lens.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
(Groups 5 & 62)
Wow! This is wonderful. Your post-processing is fabulous, especially the idea of having a bright light at the end of their "tunnel". The walkway, lines on the ceiling and blocks on the wall all point toward the light. And, it's perfect that both the mother and baby have a foot in the air. Well done!

Guess I'm going to have to get a new iPhone. lol

  Posted: 12/02/2019 17:04:34

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
What an interesting photo which you have done a terrific job of transforming into being outstanding. The leading lines and bright light lead my eye right through the scene. It tells a mysterious story. I wouldn't change a thing! Great work.   Posted: 12/03/2019 20:00:19

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Great B/W with excellent post-processing. Sharp, parallel lines leading us in; I like everything about this photo!   Posted: 12/04/2019 11:10:15

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
You saw it and grabbed it. You had the sense to record it on whatever device was available. With the flair you added, the image has a supernatural character. What awaits mom and kid?   Posted: 12/18/2019 20:50:49

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
It is a very interesting snap shot which capture a vivid moment. I like the post processing of the bright end and the effect of lines radiating from the end of tunnel.

  Posted: 12/20/2019 09:12:01

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
brilliant post proc, turn an ordinary snap into a 'moment'. well done.   Posted: 12/22/2019 23:33:24

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Very nice image. I like how you were able to blur the background so that your attention is drawn to the two people, the woman and child. The black and white is a good choice for this image.   Posted: 12/28/2019 15:56:06