John Roach  

Milwaukee at Night by John Roach

October 2020 - Milwaukee at Night

About the Image(s)

I captured this image 7 years ago on the lakefront in Milwaukee. I thought, it would be an interesting monochrome variation for opportunity to study with the group.

I captured this image with a Nikon D7000 and Tamron 10-24mm lens at 11mm, ISO 100, 20 second, f/10, Processed in Lightroom originally 7 years ago, today made some new selective and global adjustments and decided on a pano crop along with monochrome conversion using high structure smooth variation using DxO Nik Silver Efex Pro.

7 comments posted

Don York   Don York
Great pano shot - tack sharp. Good reflections in the water, and a great sky. The little star bursts add a nice touch.   Posted: 10/05/2020 09:35:05

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I like the way the slight structure in the clouds seems to lead my eye to the largest, central building. Being the largest and brightest object, and close to the centre, this building is the centre of attention for me.

Initially I thought I didn't care for the embankment stones on the bottom right as it competes for attention and makes the composition less balanced. However it also gives depth to the picture, which I like, and I think this argument wins for me.

Considering it is only one image, it is nice and sharp. The "high structure" seems to have made it "grainy", and so I was surprised when I noticed the 100ISO. Have you tried denoising it, or do you like this graininess (as I do)?   Posted: 10/08/2020 11:59:28

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
This is beautiful, John. Yes, tack sharp with lovely reflections. Wonderful in B&W. Good choice of the NIK version . I don't see the graininess. Don't think you need so much sky, but cropping down would to the shoreline in the center, so maybe yours is a good choice.   Posted: 10/09/2020 14:34:49

John Roach   John Roach
There is a slight grain, Helen and Stuart, in the sky, but that doesn't bother me for the rest of the image has, I believe, a strong sharp structure. I left the sky where it was without further cropping so that I could garner some of the city of reflection but keep it subdued. No I didn't try to remove the grain, Stuart.   Posted: 10/10/2020 07:18:16

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The reflections and the starburst lights are the features that stand out for me. I agree with Stewart's comment about the objects in the bottom right. They do define the shoreline and give depth to the photograph and they do not lend themselves to being cropped out because you would lose most of the reflections and place the opposite shoreline too close to the bottom of the image. Nice image.
  Posted: 10/10/2020 14:52:17

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
It's a wonderful panoramic view to my eye, but I feel the sky needs a moon or cropping. The foreground really adds a sense of depth for me.   Posted: 10/11/2020 05:49:00

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I think the stones in the lower right provide a needed foreground object. The amount of sky provides a pleasing aspect ratio to the image. The noise is not a problem, but if you tried to make a large print you may wish to address it, then again it might be a plus. I think I would keep this just the way it is, but I think there is another image in this capture that would be very nice also. Considering the taller building near the center as the center of interest, I think a significant crop from both ends preserving that part of the image would be excellent. On this smaller image, you could crop the sky down some.   Posted: 10/11/2020 16:18:30


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