Jean Armstrong  

LILLY by Jean Armstrong

November 2020 - LILLY

About the Image(s)

I was in old Sacramento this Fall, I knelt down and shot the tracks with the locomotive in the background. When I viewed the image on my computer it seemed a bit dull, So with my Luminar edited in the sky. I took a dramatic sky to give the shot a bit of drama.
ISO 200, F3.8 1/1600 sec. Nikon D7100

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8 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
Jean, the whole image has a blue-cyan cast, and there is a black patch in the upper right corner (my left) of the frame, probably created by the lens hood. I took the liberty of first making the verticals straight, removed the black patch (content aware), cropped the image so both tracks work as leading lines to the wagons in the back, and using Silver Efex 2 high contrast preset, made a Black and White interpretation of the image.   Posted: 11/01/2020 18:36:47
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Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
I love the changes you made very much. I still seem to think it needs to tilt down a bit on the right. I see the horizon line a bit off...may be me!!!   Posted: 11/08/2020 14:30:12

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
I really like the composition and agree with Isaac about the issue in the upper right corner. The focus is soft throughout the image.   Posted: 11/03/2020 14:55:46

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Jean, I played with this a bit and the first thing I did was, using transform/skew converted it to less of a square format providing more of a leading lines effect. I, too, removed the upper left corner black spot. I do like the color rendition better but was unsuccessful in removing the blue. (I haven't perfected that technique in my own images either). Overall, it is a nice image.   Posted: 11/06/2020 13:54:31
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Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
I like your color version of this image too!   Posted: 11/08/2020 14:31:02

Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Jean, It's a really interesting shot with the dramatic sky. I like all the suggestions that were made. I also noticed that when the sky was replaced, it affected some areas of the image. To me it looks like the curved tops of the light poles were partially removed and the flag seems to be less sharp than the remainder of the photo.   Posted: 11/09/2020 08:29:33

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I loved this image when I first looked at it (except for the black spot in the upper left) and hope someday to be able to put in skies like you did. Now that I've read all the comments I have learned a lot about how to make improvements and have to agree that they make it better. It is amazing how different people see different things and how many ways there are to improve an image.   Posted: 11/09/2020 09:54:16

Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Very cool composition Jean. Great capture of diminishing perspective. I like how you centered yourself on the train track (safely, I hope) and captured the trains, the rays of light, the flag blowing in the wind and the reflection of light on the train tracks. The tracks are centered nicely and draw the viewers eye straight back. I agree with Margaret that it is amazing to see all the different ways that fellow PAS members went with the original image. My only suggestion would be to straighten the image slightly (it seems to tilt to the right slightly). Great shot!   Posted: 11/19/2020 11:22:36