Emil Davidzuk  

The Arch by Emil Davidzuk

June 2020 - The Arch

June 2020 - Emil Davidzuk


About the Image(s)

Workflow: I merged three exposures using HDR software (not sure which programs I used back then) , I recently used Topaz Studio 2 to convert to BW, and used aPS technique to make it look like “night” and used LR to dodge and burn. A little cropping to located the Arch on the 1/3rd. Shot with Canon 5D Mk II, 100nm 1/80 sec f18, ISO 100, 0 EV.

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

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Emil, you have done a really great job converting the color image that was lacking detail, dynamic sky, and a foreground into a very nice image that was composed from the beginning with all of the ingredients needed. Well done.   Posted: 06/03/2020 11:12:03
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Thanks Bob

The BW version is indeed an upgrade

Emil   Posted: 06/03/2020 11:17:46

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Emil, the St. Louis Arch is really shown off beautifully in your image! The way you have positioned it in the frame gives it a dominance that's amazing. Nicely done!

Although there's very little that I can suggest for modifying your image, I decided to play with it a bit. The only changes that I did were a bit of noise reduction, adding a touch more contrast (with the clarity slider in Camera Raw) and darkening a couple of small bright areas at the bottom of the photograph. See what you think.

  Posted: 06/04/2020 12:50:18
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Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
what an interesting take on the St. Louis Gateway Arch, by which I mean most photos I have seen emphasize the width of the arch, and this one seems to condense the width and emphasize the height. This really works for me, and I appreciate the distinctive perspective. The sky is very dramatic which sets off the simplicity of the arch very well I think. I agree that this image is very effective in black and white. The only distraction for me is one of nature, and that is the tree in right foreground which to me creates a visual interruption in the continuity of the arch.

It also reminds me that I need to visit St. Louis. Thank you for sharing this image.   Posted: 06/06/2020 06:45:49

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Lovely B&W, Emil. I have never been to St Louis; this must have been exciting to photograph.

Wow, looking at the clouds, do you see the two faces? I can see a child with y hair with a dog's face and its open jaw next to him. Amazing how beautiful clouds in the right frame can look so different in B&W.

I like the narrow arch in mid-frame, and how I can see the two sides, it gives depth to the arch. I am not bothered so much by the tree, though I do see Leah's point because I am strongly drawn to the clouds; the brightness of the sky is holding my attention there.

Nicely done.

Best regards,

  Posted: 06/06/2020 11:17:08
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
When I originally wrote the reply above I tried to explain the child's face I saw in the sky had CURLY hair. But this software wouldn't let me spell out the word CURLY in lower case letters. It wasn't till later I figured it out. Just thought I would clarify.

I came back to take another look at Oliver's edit and the child and dog's face really pop for me. Not sure if that is what you want to hear, Emil, great image.

LuAnn   Posted: 06/23/2020 07:55:24