Beverly Caine  

HAVANA by Beverly Caine

January 2021 - HAVANA

January 2021 - Beverly Caine


About the Image(s)

I took this in Havana while off a cruise ship. The first thing I did was straighten the image. I then sized it. I followed by using the sky replacement feature in Photoshop. Next step was to use a non-destructive layer mask to enhance some of the building and cement textures, brightening and darkening selectively. Finally, I increased the canvas slightly to provide the white frame and then selected the image itself and placed a black 2gg. stroke to give the appearance of a double frame.

14 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Nicely done, Beverly. I really like this, especially your restraint in not quite straightening the verticals--I much prefer a little bit of vertical convergence to give the feeling of a building soaring upwards.
I like both skies--the original deep blue is quite attractive.
  Posted: 01/03/2021 00:32:31
Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Thanks so much   Posted: 01/16/2021 12:16:34

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
(Group 17)
Beautiful setting, Bev. High interest with the majority of the image about the church - you kept the locals and tourists at a minimum. If you are planning on keeping the couple on the left in the frame, perhaps open up some of the shadows - or, take them out. As Stephen mentioned, the skies really help to pop the structure. I don't agree with him on keeping the convergence, I'd straighten it out, especially if going into competition with it. Well done, my friend. . .   Posted: 01/03/2021 12:53:15
Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I did try straightening and that's not one of my fortes so I left it as my result was much worse than the beginning. As to the couple, I didn't pay too much attention to them because I felt they were pretty extraneous to the image. Thanks for your input; it is always very much appreciated.   Posted: 01/16/2021 12:18:47

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
I like both versions of the image. The change in sky is more dramatic. I generally like to use branches as a frame, the lack of continuity is distracting. What about leaving the branches out?   Posted: 01/06/2021 23:22:59

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
My first impression - I love it and the composition. Then I noticed the leaning left part of the building. Then I was interested in the discussion about this but I would probably like it to be straighter. I would probably open up the shadows a little. I love the sky and the branches don't bother me although cloning out those bare ones might be better. This is another image that makes me want to go to Cuba.   Posted: 01/07/2021 10:12:10

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
I worked on your photo from the original for fun. I think I like the blue sky better like it was. I also straightened it a bit more and cropped the left to just include the group of people. I also took out the leafless limp at the top. It is a beautiful Church with lots of great details. I hope you do not mind me showing my interpretation. Fun to do!   Posted: 01/08/2021 10:21:38
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Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
As to showing me your thoughts... that's what this group is all about. Offering solution or options. Thank you so much for that. I wish more of our members would take the time to do that when they do their reviews.   Posted: 01/16/2021 12:21:55

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I love the lofty presentation of the church and the textures you were able to bring out. I agree with Stephen regarding the soaring feeling of the church created by your camera angle. However I feel you negate much of this with the row of tree branches across the top of the frame. There is virtually no other greenery in the scene and they limbs just suddenly appearing to float across the sky, to me take away from the beauty of the church itself.   Posted: 01/09/2021 13:01:28
Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I was ambiguous about them but they're coming out before putting it into a club competition.   Posted: 01/16/2021 12:24:24

Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
This is a really beautiful composition. I love all the textures. I understand why people are suggesting that the photo should be straightened, but I also tried straightening and didn't like the way it cropped the photo. You have done a great job of leaving just enough space around the church to showcase it nicely. The straightening makes it feel too crowded to me. I did like the idea of taking off a little of the dark area on the left. I really like the amount of the plaza in front of the church that you included. Also, I liked the "feeling" of standing under a tree in the original shot. The cropping seems to ruin that. Wish there was another way to straighten it just a little.   Posted: 01/09/2021 18:19:50

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I've made a couple of changes, but couldn't change the sky because I couldn't get the sky filter to kick in. Guess I'll call Adobe on Monday for help. Will appreciate your thought.   Posted: 01/16/2021 12:30:54
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Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
  Posted: 01/16/2021 12:31:36

Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Wonderful composition Bev. I really like the clear, sharp, angled shadows on the buildings. I actually quite like the original blue sky. I like how the calm blue provides a nice contrast to the busy street scene. You captured a great perspective of the buildings. Combined with the lighting/time of day that you were shooting, the angle you shot from really brings out the architectural details as well as shadows. Great shot!   Posted: 01/19/2021 14:12:28


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