Connie Reinhart  

Lamps by Connie Reinhart

October 2019 - Lamps

October 2019 - Connie Reinhart


About the Image(s)

These lamps were in the lobby of a hotel where we were attending a photo conference. I liked the simple geometric design, but not the background, nor the people on the bench. I waited until late in the afternoon to avoid the overblown background. I even moved them slightly to catch the reflections. They were shot in Raw with a Canon 5D Mark II, using a zoom lens. F/6.3 at 1/125 sec. ISO 2000. Processed with Topaz Studio Classic using basic adjustment to set white and black points. AI Clear, simplify, dark edges and a dark glow to further emphasize the shapes of the shades.

3 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
What did you do, specifically, to get those dark edges? Was it done with a Topaz app? The dark edges really make the picture, by emphasizing the geometric nature of the image.
I was puzzled about the floating lamp shade on the left. On close up examination, it appears to be a reflection and one can barely see the leg of the lamp near the bottom. But if it is a reflection, it appears to reflect off of the outside on its right side, so the only conclusion I could make is that it is reflecting off of a glass window. However, there is no other indication that there is a window there. To clarify, you could make it clear that it is a free standing lamp and not a reflection, by filling in the leg of the lamp OR make it a reflection sans window, by erasing the right side of the shade, cutting it at the edge of the shiny wall. Also, there is a piece of a shade reflection on the left edge. You might want to remove it with Content Aware.
You did a good job of coming up with an interesting image in the midst of a busy trip! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  Posted: 10/02/2019 19:08:40

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
So often we photographers see something that we want to photograph... Just some minor points - the white spot on the right could be cloned away or darkened, and the bit to reflection on the left as well. You might consider cropping away some from the bottom…
  Posted: 10/02/2019 22:17:48

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Connie, you have turned something ordinary into an artistic image, well done!
What did you do specifically to get the defined black edges? I like the effect you've achieved.
I would suggest you try removing the black edges from the two reflected lamp shades on the left, so they stand back with the background and let the three lamps grab our attention.   Posted: 10/10/2019 19:38:26


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