Emil Davidzuk  

Old Mac –  Old Car City, White Ga by Emil Davidzuk

November 2020 - Old Mac – Old Car City, White Ga

November 2020 - Emil Davidzuk


About the Image(s)

Workflow: I am trying to learn the ropes of a new PS CC black and white plugin called Artisan Pro X created by Joel Tjintjelaar. It has a steep learning curve for sure. I have watched several YouTube videos he created and experimented with it before trying my hand on the Mac truck. I did some work in LR to address skill shortfalls in Pro X. It is an amazing tool created by a very skilled architecture photographer.

Shot with Canon 5D Mk III 100mm Macro f2.8 lens, 100mm, 1/25 sec, f16, ISO 200, 0 EV

7 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Emil, I kept returning to look at your image. After the 4th or 5th viewing (and after reading about Artisan Pro X), I decided to try playing with it in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. You achieved such a wonderful smooth tonal range that I wanted to see if I could come close to your success. Starting with your original color image, I delved into Silver Efex to see what I could do. I used control points to lighten/darken selected areas. Also, I did a bit of toning since that seemed to fit the old car.

Frankly, when I compare your image with mine, it's hard for me to determine if I made any improvements.... or even came close to the one you created. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 11/03/2020 14:17:10
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Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I think you did a nice job, I like the subtle tint that I used in Artisan.

I am sold on it and need to keep processing images to get into a rhythm using it. I tend to cheat using LR filters for some dodging and burning.

I intend to submit an architectural scene next moth which is why I added Artisan to my tool belt.


Emil   Posted: 11/08/2020 12:28:33
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
I love your edit, Oliver! You did this in Nik, what color did you select? The texture really pops. What do you think about brightening the headlight a little?

LT   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:40:06

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 47 & 66)
I like your composition, Emil, very much. The single headlight place almost dead center adds tension, and it's complimented by the two Mack signs. The sliver of light is what makes the image special, and while I know from our IR group your style is low contrast, just a touch more here would bring out that light and the textures a bit more.   Posted: 11/07/2020 17:41:55
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I am happy you joined in the comment thread over here.

I made a copy of the truck and upped the contrast. My initial reaction was in changed the shape of the highlights but it didn't feel like it was better, I will look again in a day or so. I take constructive feedback the way anyone should, I try the changes because if it makes you a better operator in digital darkroom then I gained some ground. For whatever reason I am a moderate consist person but sensitive to need to experiment more with the slider.

I appreciate your thoughts as always

Emil   Posted: 11/08/2020 12:36:24
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Emil, I really love the composition of your truck grill and headlight. I often only include 1 headlight in my older cars. The brightness of the light always draws the viewer into the composition. This truck has fantastic texture and I would of pumped up the texture and clarity to bring those details out as much as possible. I think Pete was able to bring that texture out better in his rendering. I do prefer your gray toning versus Pete's. A Very Nice image.   Posted: 11/11/2020 21:21:03

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Emil,

At first glance on my 2019 Imac, I thought your image tonality seemed soft. But I just brought the photo into LR, and now looking at it on my computer, the details pop-interesting.

Nice image; you have great light just in the right places. The top horizontal bar of the grill is in perfect alignment horizontally. I like that the two logos are diagonal; the headlight also is a touch bright to give it a foreground influence. There is great texture and lots to ponder in this photo. I even see some pine needles at the base of the light.

The only thing you may want to consider is the brightness. The original is brighter; would you want this image to have a little more brightness?   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:36:19


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