Oliver Morton  


On the Sidewalk by Oliver Morton

August 2020 - On the Sidewalk

August 2020 - Oliver Morton

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About the Image(s)

This photograph was taken many years ago when I was in Italy. The two musicians were sitting at the edge of a wide walkway with their hat out to collect a few dollars for their playing. I loved the expression of the saxophone player. Since the background was a bit problematic, I selected the musicians and then inverted the selection and darkened the bright areas using the new Camera Raw tools. Then, Nik’s Silver Efex was used to convert the image to B&W.

Data: Canon 5D3 with 24-70mm lens at 70mm; 1/200 sec; f/8; ISO 400.


7 comments posted

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Oliver

Your processing approach solves the challenge you faced with the original, the musicians must stand out for your composition to work.

BW is the right rendering for your shot IMHO Nice work

Emil   Posted: 08/02/2020 09:39:13

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Oliver,

Great image this month. Can you tell me more about how you inverted the selection to darken the background? I don't use Camera Raw but I have tried it once or twice. General setting clarification would be helpful.

I do like your image it is minimal with no distractions. The coat behind the sax player works well (figure-ground relationship), making the saxaphone player stand out in the eye of the viewer.

I do not see anything I would change. Bravo for all your hard work!!

Best regards,
LuAnn

Your finishing touches with Nik software are classic to your style.   Posted: 08/06/2020 09:49:57

Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
the sax player does have a great expression. the edits you made do help reduce the background - sometimes with street photography we don't get to choose. I'm with LuAnn, I don't quite understand the process you used, if there is anything you can share on the technique it would be appreciated.   Posted: 08/08/2020 17:08:48

Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
the sax player does have a great expression. the edits you made do help reduce the background - sometimes with street photography we don't get to choose. I'm with LuAnn, I don't quite understand the process you used, if there is anything you can share on the technique it would be appreciated.   Posted: 08/08/2020 17:08:50

Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
the sax player does have a great expression. the edits you made do help reduce the background - sometimes with street photography we don't get to choose. I'm with LuAnn, I don't quite understand the process you used, if there is anything you can share on the technique it would be appreciated.   Posted: 08/08/2020 17:08:52

Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
Of all the things that can be photographed, still to me the most interesting and eye-catching images are those of faces and what we humans do for fun and profit. This is an exceptionally good human interest shot: do we ever get tired of watching each other? I don't know that it could be improved any better than the way you presented it, Oliver. Wish it were mine.   Posted: 08/10/2020 13:15:56

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
What excellent timing you had to capture the sax players face just as he is all puffed up. Not being a Camera Raw (Adobe) user I am not familiar either, but I do have the option of inverting the mask on Luminar and that changes the light to dark or vice versa. Right? Just fantastic making of all those Gray tones with virtually no blacks and whites as there was in the original. Even the accordion lost its white and blacks. Very skillful to get that done.   Posted: 08/10/2020 16:44:28

 

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