Melanie Hurwitz  

Kruger Sunset by Melanie Hurwitz

May 2020 - Kruger Sunset

May 2020 - Melanie Hurwitz


About the Image(s)

I am probably pushing the envelope more than usual this month. This was taken in Kruger National Park late afternoon. I liked the trees and wanted to record them. When I opened it in Photoshop, it looked like a great sunset image to me. Using the history brush, I darkened the base quite extensively, getting rid of bright areas. Adding a little saturation seemed to bump it up to a very satisfying sunset. I'm very interested to see if any of you think it works!

Sony A7 ll, F11, 25mm, ISO 200

6 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Melanie
A vibrant image of the sunset which I'm enjoying. For me the empty bench in the middle is a plus. Also the light shining through the branches is a bonus. Composition spot on. Well done!   Posted: 05/04/2020 01:54:35

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Melanie,

Always enjoyable to see color IR, and you are good to keep at it and 'play'. I like the bold coloration in this. I'd like more foreground detail personally, like the original. Including the bench is a real plus. I think you have a lot of options with this image--I'd suggest altering it with different filters or techniques and see what evolves!   Posted: 05/04/2020 06:39:46

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

The warm colors are captivating and my eye is drawn into your image immediately. The bench is a plus so maybe lighten the area behind it. I am wonder if lightening the tree above it a bit as well as the lower right would also provide viewer interest. I think this is great idea and with a little more digital darkroom work it is off the hook.

Emil   Posted: 05/04/2020 18:54:46

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I remember when I had an IR camera that gave me those red raw files, I was sometimes tempted to leave them in red, because of the mood that gave. So I like how that works here, with the sunset.
I think the shadow areas work better in the original, kind of along the lines that Emil said, so I might re-work the processing a little bit, but very nice even so.   Posted: 05/05/2020 18:01:37

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Melanie, why not push the envelop! Some raw images are quite satisfying as is, if the red-yellows colors IR captures are believable, as they might be in a sunset image such as yours. The image has a fantasy feel to it created by the increased saturation and a halo effect evident in the distant field. The bench serves as an excellent point of attention for this very interesting image.   Posted: 05/08/2020 20:16:42

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
(Group 69)
Hi Melanie, I am glade that I have inspired you and to hear from you but your picture above is great. I love the atmosphere created by the bench and the way it is lite up. Geoff.   Posted: 05/09/2020 20:44:40


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