Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA  

Bush & the Lighthouse by Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA

April 2021 - Bush & the Lighthouse

April 2021 - Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Here’s another shot of the lighthouse framed within tree branches amongst the bush. Cloned out houses, etc.
In this picture, I wanted to give more prominence to the bushy area and as such, placed the lighthouse in the distance. Also added a small wave in the ocean.
Converted RAW file to B&W using Sliver Efex Pro ‘Soft Sepia’ filter and adjusted the Opacity to 85%. Corrected contrast using Levels. Then used Topaz DeNoise A1 and finally took the image to Color Efex Pro and applied Darken /Lighten Center.

8 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Very, very nice, Palli. I'd suggest just one thing...use the dodge tool and give some tonal lightening to those clouds. I think the sky a bit too somber for my tastes, but I know you didn't want them screaming out at you with the emphasis being on the bush. I lighten them slightly all the way across the frame and seemed to like the result a bit better. Also burnt in a few of the highlights on the bush to lower the spike of the overexposure in Levels. See if this adds value...or not!   Posted: 04/02/2021 07:38:47
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Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks Gary for your coming up with your version, which I do like. I was actually double minded whether or not to lighten the clouds as well as darken some of the highlights on the bush ... but, you've solved the problem!!   Posted: 04/02/2021 19:07:31

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I like your minimalist composition here Palli, and my only suggestion for improvement would be to echo Gary's suggestion regarding the clouds.

I think the bright foliage makes a good background for the almost silhouette quality of the leafless branches. Nicely conceived!   Posted: 04/04/2021 11:13:47

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
I'm with Gary and Jack with the idea of creating more visual impact with the clouds, but your version may focus your story on the vegetation and lighthouse, as you suggested. I also like your original composition. I see why you shot it this way.   Posted: 04/04/2021 15:58:26

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I like your framing of the lighthouse, it is a thoughtful composition. My colleagues correctly noted to add a little dodging to your clouds and you are good to go.


Emil   Posted: 04/06/2021 11:03:07

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanking you all for your varied comments. Much appreciated.   Posted: 04/06/2021 21:10:32

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Palli, You have worked you scene, find a totally different view for us. Using the trees as a frame was masterful. Have you though about making this a more square presentation by cropping to just below the tree line. I have enjoyed this scene   Posted: 04/10/2021 10:40:38
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Melanie
Thanks for your observation and comments. I did think of a square format originally and as I was contemplating to give more emphasis to the foliage in the foreground, I decided to stay with the original format.   Posted: 04/10/2021 21:03:36


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