Gordon Saperia  

Benched by Gordon Saperia

March 2020 - Benched

March 2020 - Gordon Saperia


About the Image(s)

This is a composite photo: one image from a shoot a couple of weeks ago in a city park in Gloucester, MA and one from last year in South America. I've attached the original file of the bench shot. I liked the foreground but the distant shore was uninteresting to me and difficult to work with. I converted to BW and then got the idea to replace the top half of the image. I'm curious to know whether anyone has problems with this kind of "Photoshopping"?

Nikon D850 with Nikkor 14-24 mm lens. Focus stacked foreground for resolution. F/2.8, ISO 2000, 5 second shots.

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7 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
An extremely creative and well-executed way to develop a composite of several images to create something totally new and refreshing. Personally, I'm more of a "purist" in my own work but I understand and accept how technology has opened new avenues for those who wish to pursue it and enjoy it. I.E. it's not for me but I do acknowledge you developed something very interesting and striking.   Posted: 03/08/2020 20:25:31

John Zhu   John Zhu
I am open to the creation and love this work. The final product has much better taste, calm and peaceful. To me the bench is a bit too bright and the edge between two shots a bit blur. But overall it's a great work.   Posted: 03/13/2020 18:08:33

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
I have no problem with combining images. It's a fun way to be creative. I agree with John, the bench is too bright. Otherwise, looks good.   Posted: 03/20/2020 14:08:22

Nancie Clark   Nancie Clark
I love this composite! I can see the difficulty in the original. It really speaks solitude to me. The only thing for me that is difficult to distinguish is that it is water reflecting past the bench. The hill reflection is confusing to my eye. I'm wondering if just slightly lightening the opposite shoreline enough to distinguish the real hill from the reflection? I do love how you created something better from the shot. Great work!   Posted: 03/21/2020 12:19:18

Trinda Love   Trinda Love
Gordon, an astounding image, I love it. I like your choice of composition with the bench on the left third. In studying this I might like it if the bench actually broke the plain (plane?) of the dark mountain behind it because the long gray arrow at the base of the mountain is drawing my eye out of the picture to the left. If the bench broke that line I think it would be a stronger image even than it now is. I hope I can someday think up something so cool as this to do. With all of our "home" time these days, maybe its time. Thanks for inspiring my creativity.   Posted: 03/21/2020 16:16:18

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
I agree with Trinda that this is an astounding image. The black and white works really well and the reflections of the stars in the water is very nice. I can't see any fuzzy spots or other weirdness from the compositing, even after looking closely at it. I also like how you've used light to draw attention to the bench. Once again, I'm envious.   Posted: 03/25/2020 23:44:01

Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
All--thanks for your comments and sorry for my delay in commenting on yours.   Posted: 03/26/2020 18:18:17