Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA  

“Through the Arches” by Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA

November 2020 - “Through the Arches”

November 2020 - Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Took this picture some years ago from the interior of the Mining Exchange building in Ballarat during City’s Heritage Weekend. The angle seemed quite appealing, but I was not getting the impact or mood that I was after. After several attempts I settled on this one, creating a kind of night effect. Would welcome your views!

Workflow: RAW image converted to B&W using Topaz Studio 2. Exported the image to PS and applied Detail / Extractor from Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4. Because of the noise level, I’d to use Topaz DeNoise AI to reduce the same. Also did a bit of cloning. Finally added a hint of blue to give the night effect.
Camera: Converted 40D Canon 17-85mm f/4L lens at 59mm; 1/90th second at f/19 handheld; ISO 640

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

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I like "odd" images like this, Palli, so interesting and original! So much more creativity is called for by the photographer in setting up the position of the curves and angles, etc. Nice job!

The window is what makes this, and if I could change one thing, I'd have set up just a little bit to the left so that I might eclipse the bit of frame just to the left of the window, which is a distraction for me.

I think the treatment works very well in creating a night time mood.   Posted: 11/07/2020 14:18:31
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks for you comments / observation, Jack. Will consider the angle when I next visit the building for more photography.
  Posted: 11/07/2020 18:33:18

John Erve   John Erve
Palli, this is a nice composition with the building arches creating different points of interest for my eye to explore within the image. Looking at the unprocessed image, I also see the interesting textures of the building which is difficult to see in your processed image. It may be possible to lighten the shadows a bit in the building but still retain a night time mood. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/07/2020 15:56:42

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Palli, I really like your image. There are so many angels which create such interest. At first I thought it needed straightening, and then I found the straight vertical lines. The blue toning gives a great eerie night time look. Play around with contrast and brightening. That will lighten the back wall and separate from the brick arches. Well done.   Posted: 11/08/2020 11:50:48
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks for the suggestion, Melanie.   Posted: 11/08/2020 18:30:41

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

This image is amazing on several fronts. The view through the arched windows is perfect, the vertical lines are vertical, the tone is great, and there is just enough detail in the space where you composed this shot to allow to explore the space. I do not feel you need to lighten this space, the subject is outside.

Jack noted that the framing to the left of the window is a slight distraction and it can be fixed in PS if you feel inclined.

This image is well done

Emil   Posted: 11/10/2020 11:15:58
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks Jack for your comments. Much appreciated!   Posted: 11/11/2020 04:59:16

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
This image, for me, is an examination of perspective and viewpoint. When the eye does not wander, it becomes an abstraction on shapes. I like the slate blue color. I agree with Jack about the window. If the white window frame was replaced with a darker shade of gray, would that positively affect the composition?   Posted: 11/11/2020 14:20:35
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Good suggestion, Charles. Can visualize how it would look with a darker shade of gray!   Posted: 11/12/2020 00:59:45

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I really like architectural or landscape shots looking out of windows like this, but I have never seen such a clever angle as this. Congratulations on you excellent eye.   Posted: 11/12/2020 20:03:31

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thank you Stephen, for your kind remarks which are greatly appreciated. Glad you liked the IR image.   Posted: 11/13/2020 02:08:30

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Palli,

Through the Arches works wonderfully for me...high impact, and the white window frame on the left is magical. I take the point about removing the little bit to the left of it, but it's not a major distraction for me. You have all kinds of toning possibilities with this one, Palli, but I like the blue tone very much. A competition entry from my perspective!   Posted: 11/13/2020 07:13:28
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Always great to have your comments Gary, which are very much appreciated!   Posted: 11/13/2020 21:08:06