Bob Legg  

Fall Mono by Bob Legg

September 2020 - Fall Mono

September 2020 - Bob Legg

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September 2020 - Bob Legg

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About the Image(s)

This image was taken last fall in the Adirondacks of NY. Just some nice falls colors across a boggy pond. I included the Raw image that has nothing done to it. Meta data was iso 400, F7.1, 1/250sec Nikon 28-300 @ 300mm.
Color image was cropped and edited in Topaz using Glow filter, Impressionistic and Monet filters. The Mono image was created using Nik Silver Efex. I felt the image lacked tack sharpness and just needed filters to bring out the Wow factor.

10 comments posted

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Nice work with the filters, you used a surgeon's hands in your rendition

Emil   Posted: 09/02/2020 16:15:58
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks Emil. But its much easier than you might think. Graduated, glow, and Empressionistic filters. The combination, I think, resulted into an infrared type of image, but yet I have a color image to also use. Does it have infrared qualities? I trust your experienced eye and hands in that regard.   Posted: 09/02/2020 17:38:47
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

It certainly has an IR quality to it in that the trees and the grasses at the edge of the bank have a light tone, an IR characteristic

Emil   Posted: 09/03/2020 15:24:55
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks Emil   Posted: 09/03/2020 15:46:04

Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
Bob, fall is my favorite time of year and I love the fall colors, so I don't think it would occur to me to render a fall landscape into black and white. I do like the end product you have achieved, it has an almost abstract, ethereal quality. I agree that it also has an IR quality.   Posted: 09/04/2020 10:18:48
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks Leah. I use BW whenever I can creat great great contrast in the scene. It wasn't until I had processed the color original in Topaz that I realized the potential for a good BW.   Posted: 09/04/2020 10:28:37

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Bob, this is a fascinating image. It gives me the feeling of wind blowing the trees and making the boughs sway against each other. And, it definitely has an IR quality. Although I don't often use filters to dramatically modify an image, I certainly see the merit in doing it.... besides, it's fun!

Nice job.

  Posted: 09/05/2020 11:25:15

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher

It is fantastic to hear I found another user of Topaz!! I love that software more nowadays than I did a few years back. They have made great strides with AI technology.

I like how you edited using the Glow filter, Impressionistic, and Monet filters; these are all my favorites. I can see you achieved your goal from not so sharp to an image with some wow! I agree with Oliver that the boughs swaying makes the photo. Infrared photography is so intriguing; too bad, you have to convert a camera to achieve it.

I have a couple of points to consider. I see some blur in the upper left corner, upper right corner, and left and right sides just above the water that seems to be a distraction. Do you know why this is; I don't see it in original 2?

I do not have any other comment. Good work this month!

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 09/12/2020 12:50:15
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks for the positive words LuAnn. Regarding the blurs. The foliage colors are different and perhaps the glow filter "glowed" them more or less. I had not noted and still have difficulty in being able to pickup those blurs. Based on words from a NH friend I had also used graduated ND filters on the top and in the water grass area, but I doubt that made the blurs stand out more, but maybe.   Posted: 09/12/2020 18:05:48

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Can you go over to group 3 and take a look at Maryann's picture of the cityscape with the birds in the sky at the end of the comments I added a photo and I included clouds in it which is a first for me but I thought of you right away when I did it so could you please comment on it I'm just curious what you think of how I added clouds!

LuAnn   Posted: 09/13/2020 16:25:18


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