Arik Gorban  

Waterloo Village by Arik Gorban

April 2021 - Waterloo Village

About the Image(s)

This picture was taken with a Nikon D300 that was converted to infrared with a standard 720nm filter. For infrared, I do like the midday light that creates a beautiful glow. I shoot infrared year-round, but this was taken in the summer with lush green grass and foliage.

14 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Arik
Welcome to our friendly group!
Your first submission in terms of composition and rendition is a beauty. It has plenty of atmosphere and is a perfect subject for IR.
Having said that I felt tempted to work on it further and do hope you don't mind!
First I made a selection of the highlight and shadow areas and adjusted the contrast appropriately. Then used Darken/Lighten Center from Nik's Color Efex Pro4 to draw attention to the main area. Finally added some warm tone. See what you think!!
PS. - In future do please include the Original.   Posted: 04/01/2021 20:56:13
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Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you. I appreciate the feedback. I've added a comment below.   Posted: 04/04/2021 18:12:19

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Arik,

Again, a warm welcome to our merry band of IR photographers! Frequently, we submit 'our' version of your image with things we feel will make it display with greater impact. That's what I've done with the attached. I was slightly bothered by the other building (rh side), so it was removed with a (quick and dirty/crude) Content-Aware Fill and some cloning. I then used NIK Darken/Lighten Center for emphasis of the beautiful building, cropped just a smidge from the bottom and gave a mild burn to the creek side grasses. See what you think. By the way, as Jack and perhaps others will tell you, I am taken by bold blacks and whites and contrast...which may not be everyone's preference.   Posted: 04/02/2021 07:20:05
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Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Gary. I appreciate the feedback. I've added a comment below.   Posted: 04/04/2021 18:13:01

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
This is an image akin to my own style, Arik, and I very much enjoy it, especially the left side. I'm a little unsure as to whether the obscured building on the right contributes, or detracts for me. I might have been tempted to shoot it as a vertical, or crop to more square. But regardless, it's lovely.

I find on my own images, even though I may have increased the contrast a bit from the original, that Gary and Palli often show me that I could have done more, and I think that is the case here. I find their edits improve this, or perhaps something in between, but of course in the end it's a matter of personal preference.   Posted: 04/04/2021 10:56:22
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Jack. I appreciate the feedback. See the comment below.   Posted: 04/04/2021 18:14:11

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you for the comments and rework of the image. I do agree that your ideas produced a stronger visual impact. I often like more contrast with deep blacks and highlights that are bright but not clipped. Removal of secondary objects from the frame also focuses the attention on the main subject. With that said, I'm working now on stronger story-telling images that favor mood and elements that enhance the story. Recalling Melanie's reply in her last month's submission, the less contrast and wider view reflected her feelings when she took the picture, more than the cropped image with the higher contrast.
When you look at fine-art photography by masters, such as, Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, and Joel Meyerowitz, to name a few, you see many elements that penetrate the frame. Their images would likely score very low in camera club and PSA competitions, but they are displayed in art museums and high-end fine-art galleries. They tell stories. The compositions are not accidents. Each element supports the story or the mood. PSA aesthetics concentrate on the subject and the visual impact of the image. Fine-art photography is more about what the image and the subject represent.
I took a series of pictures in Waterloo Village. The place was empty, quiet, and beautiful. The second structure in the picture shows that it's a village, not an isolated building in a farm. The lower contrast fits the mood.
I agree that your suggested versions are more attractive and will score better in a competition. They are beautiful. Thank you for showing a different interpretation of the scene. I'm impressed with the work that I see in this group. That's why I joined.

  Posted: 04/04/2021 15:37:46

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thank you Arik. I do like the wideness of the river at the base of the scene, which would be lost if cropped from the right side. So perhaps I agree with you on the composition after all.   Posted: 04/04/2021 18:18:59
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Again, it's not one better than the other, but different interpretations with different objectives. I'm presenting a program on fine-art photography to camera clubs. Most of the pictures in the program are not mine, but made by well-respected photographers (I mentioned a few in my earlier comment). My objective is to expose club members to different types of photography. You're not going to find portraits of birds or animals or even straight sharp pictures of flowers in art museums. I was glad to see that these are not the focus of this group.   Posted: 04/04/2021 18:35:10

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

It is great to have another IR shooter in our group who brings another perspective to this genre of photography,

I love your composition, it has a structure, foliage and a water way for leading you into the image and its reflections. The landscape format is the choice I would make as well. Leaving the structure to the right in your image is the artist's call especially since you wanted to retain the sense of village.


Emil   Posted: 04/06/2021 11:29:54
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Emil. I appreciate the warm welcome.
  Posted: 04/06/2021 11:38:03

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Arik, As soon as saw this image, I was formulating my critique, which I am going to stick with, even after reading what others have said.
There is such a delicacy that you have captured. The framing of foliage is light and airy allowing the texture of the structure to come through. The far tree creates a balance to your foreground tree which is super! I have no problem with the fading out building on the right. It does not distract me. If there was anything to change, it would be the dark reflection of the building. I would lighten it a little so it is in keeping with your toning. Well done!   Posted: 04/10/2021 10:16:08
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Melanie. Good suggestion.
  Posted: 04/11/2021 09:15:03

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Arik, this is a splendid IR photo. I like it as is, with such good use of leading lines and using the tree in foreground to frame in the image. I agree with you about the luminosity of mid-day light (which acts like Dracula for normal cameras). Nicely done, such a pleasure to behold.   Posted: 04/20/2021 22:05:50


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