Rusty Pinckney  


Untitled by Rusty Pinckney

January 2020 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

I shot this image with my Canon Power Shot SX10IS during a walking tour on a gloomy day in Vienna. My intent was to capture a street scene on a rainy day. I liked the people in the background, the reflection in the puddle and the mood. Employed Elements and cropping for post-editing.


17 comments posted

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
That must have been quite a trip, Rusty. Closest I've been to being out of the country was a day trip to Juarez, Mexico - not something that inspired me to try it again.

I like the mood of this image, but feel it lacks focus. The bright sky in the upper right is a bit overpowering. The people draw one's focus a bit, but they are far enough away to leave me searching for something else. I also find that the building on the far left is distorted inward some, which is distracting.

I decided to do something a little different to this image to create a different story. First, I removed the people. Next, I compensated for the distortion in the building with the Warp portion of the Free Transform tool. Then the fun really began . . .

I took the corrected image into Luminar 4 and used its AI Sky Replacement filter to add stormy clouds to the sky. Then, into AutoFX's GRFX Studio to add rain puddles to the ground and falling rain to the scene overall. Thoughts?   Posted: 01/04/2020 14:23:06
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Thanks Tom. It tells a different story, actually much like the weather later that day. I'd make one change to the banks of clouds in the sky. They look too symmetrical. I'd make some subtle changes to make them look less photoshopped. Otherwise I like what you did to create a chilly rainstorm.   Posted: 01/05/2020 12:04:35

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
It is a well constructed image with the wide wet street drawing the viewer into the scene. I wonder why the buildings have these distortions. Tom's creative changes add lots of drama to the scene. Fun!!!   Posted: 01/04/2020 16:33:01
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Almost every lens introduces some distortion, especially wide-angle lenses, or point 'n shoot cameras focused for a wide shot. This is called barrel distortion, where edges start to round in the shape of a barrel. Most programs like Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw (in essence the engine of Lightroom's Develop module), On1 Photo Raw, Capture One, etc, have ways to autocorrect this sort of lens distortion. There are also tools in programs like Photoshop to modify an image to correct this, which is what I chose on Rusty's image.   Posted: 01/04/2020 16:43:36

Miriam Power   Miriam Power
I really like this image but like Tom says the sky is a bit bright and not really adding anything. I did a bit of straightening and enhancing the details. I cropped in to try and draw the eye to the figures.
Again like Tom I did a sky replacement in Lumimar 4   Posted: 01/05/2020 07:37:25
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
I really like this version. It gives interest to the sky and preserves my initial intent. Thank you Miriam.   Posted: 01/05/2020 11:55:45
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I agree that you were much more subtle with your sky change and that makes more sense. Guess I lost my way. d:¬{(   Posted: 01/05/2020 14:55:19

Miriam Power   Miriam Power
  Posted: 01/05/2020 07:37:45
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Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Straightening the buildings and updating the sky helped. Tom's rain is pretty creative. Those effects scramble my brain.
It might have been fun to shoot the scene as a reflection from the puddle. I've never tried it - but the idea is to get down and low in front of the puddle.   Posted: 01/05/2020 12:03:06

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Here's a version with the buildings straightened and a more subtle sky:   Posted: 01/05/2020 15:42:06
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
I like this one too. Now can you make it rain? Thanks so much for experimenting Tom.   Posted: 01/05/2020 18:09:13
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Here you go:   Posted: 01/06/2020 13:15:12
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Thank you Tom. More fun than I imagined.   Posted: 01/06/2020 14:43:48
MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan   MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan
What a wonderful process :) . Love it Sir.
After rain now its sunny day :D   Posted: 01/11/2020 18:56:14
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Thank you for a version with light. We saw no sun that day.   Posted: 01/11/2020 19:03:54
Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
How did you do that????   Posted: 01/13/2020 14:55:18

Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Holy smokes! Lookout Mother Nature, this group will take over the weather. Eliminating the bright sky enhanced the image and all the different effects tell different stories.   Posted: 01/13/2020 14:54:50

 

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