Kirsti Näntö-Salonen  

Untitled by Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

April 2021 - Untitled

April 2021 - Kirsti Näntö-Salonen


About the Image(s)

Here is ”A Dream”.
In my hometown there is a small island with upper class 19th century villas with bath houses on the waterfront. This image was taken in an October afternoon when the Eastern sky was dark but the sun was still shining through the clouds in the West. The lighting gave the empty building a strange Hitchcock-like feeling of hidden menace that I tried to catch. I tried a double exposure in the camera of the (1) bath-house and (2) the backlit clouds. Fuji X-T2, zoom 18-55 mm, F 20.5 mm; f/22, 1/500 s, ISO 1600 (the settings do not make much sense). AE. Manual focusing. Handheld. Developed in Capture One 21. Topaz Denoise. Adjustments in Affinity Photo. Used ”recolor” for the monochrome tint for a dream-like atmosphere. Vignette. Does this work?

8 comments posted

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Nicely done Kristi. To my eye the use of the blue tint was perfect for conveying both the mystery of the image and a feeling of being in a cold area. I like the way your processed the image and to me it has more punch than the original, more of a feeling of mystery, or perhaps a dream-scape. I love the creativity behind your presentation.

I cannot even come up with nitpicking suggestions for the image. The only time I have seen something along these lines was an image where the photographer set the white balance to fluorescent for a daytime shot giving the image a heavy blue cast -something I have promised to try. Your image reminded me of his and I will try it out.

Thanks very much for sharing it with us.   Posted: 04/01/2021 20:58:55

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Ed! I am so glad if the idea and mood comes through! Post processing was a lot of trial and error. The trick with the white balance sounds very interesting!   Posted: 04/01/2021 22:36:32
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
See, I told you this was an impactful image! nice work.   Posted: 04/02/2021 19:29:54

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Larry! The blue tone tone has been tuned down a bit, so it looks a little less weird?   Posted: 04/03/2021 14:44:59

Colin Bradshaw   Colin Bradshaw
Hi Kirsti, yes in my opinion this really does work I really like it, a minor change would be to darken the bright area of the bridge on the left as it slightly draws the eye also a VERY small addition of detail in the left of the building, the fairly high ISO has added that extra bit of noise which compliments the image.   Posted: 04/06/2021 03:06:20

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Colin! I made a new version with the changes, and they work great! I was so worried about the noise and thought that it would rumin the whole project.   Posted: 04/06/2021 04:54:35

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I think this is a spectacular image. Maybe the color saturation turned down might make it more realistic, but this is a dream. I would have it nicely framed. Perhaps a midnight blue frame would go well.   Posted: 04/13/2021 21:08:40

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Kristi, I think the double exposure in camera worked very well and really adds to the dream like feeling. It took me a bit to get used to the blue color but now I really like it. Thanks so much for a thought provoking image.   Posted: 04/14/2021 20:06:42


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