Emil Davidzuk  

The beans are In by Emil Davidzuk

June 2020 - The beans are In

June 2020 - Emil Davidzuk


About the Image(s)

A farm north of St Louis. Workflow: I converted my raw image to BW using Topaz Studio 2, LR local adjustment filters/brush to adjust highlights and shadows. I felt I needed to replace the tepid sky, so I used Topaz Remask AI and it did a remarkable job on the first pass. The new is from a shot on the same day. I also added two rows of beans on the RHS to fill in the dead space.

Shot with Canon 5D, MK II 590nm at 110mm 1/80 sec f16, ISO 200, 0 EV.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Emil,

My kind of subject! Your composition and leading lines of bean plant rows are superb. For my eye, the unique colors you've chosen aren't as impressive as the B&W version. I wonder if our wonderful Melanie has inadvertently swapped the original with the processed version???   Posted: 06/01/2020 07:50:58
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Yes I did with Apologies. Maybe you would like to re comment Gary.   Posted: 06/01/2020 09:15:02

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
You are correct a Gary. The BW is the final version   Posted: 06/01/2020 08:22:08

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Emil, I like what you did with the sky and how you amazingly added two rows of beans so seamlessly. It is an excellent composition to be begin with, but you improved it. To my taste, I rather like the dark contrast provided by the sheds in the original image. What do you think about darkening them and perhaps retaining the light reflected off the roof of the left-side shed?   Posted: 06/01/2020 20:01:34
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Good comment either approach works. I decided that since I had the leading lines of the rows of beans leading to the old buildings, they should reveal their details to the viewer so I dodged them in post. I darkened the grass just in front to provide a transition.

Emil   Posted: 06/02/2020 09:20:32

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Everything is going for this image Emil, and you have done a terrific job of post-processing. What I like about the image is the soft nature of the scene. Can't add more to what others have said.   Posted: 06/02/2020 01:26:41

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Emil, What a great find. The conversion has enhanced it with lovely tones. Your cloud addition a perfect for the scene. You are also a great gentleman farmer. Well done!   Posted: 06/07/2020 11:13:02

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I agree with Gary's comments, Emil, what a lovely scene, and I'm partial to the original. If shooting this myself I think I would have a hard time deciding how to crop it. You've gone with a wider image, but the vines growing on the buildings are so compelling, I think one could have cropped in closer also. I think just a touch more contrast, and the black and white works great.

I think this image is already interesting enough that it doesn't need the color reworking, and that the effect is to draw attention more to the unusual coloring and away from the composition itself. But it's still an interesting image either way.   Posted: 06/11/2020 17:51:35