Georgianne Giese  

Let Me OUT by Georgianne Giese

August 2019 - Let Me OUT

August 2019 - Georgianne Giese


About the Image(s)

This is an escape hatch in an old WWII submarine. When I took this picture, I was getting claustrophobic after walking the length and back of this old submarine. You can’t know how much I wanted to climb out of that hatch! I will never understand how those sailors withstood the tiny confines of that now rusty sardine can sub!
The image was taken with my Canon 7D Mark II, with my S17-135mm lens, at f/8, ISO 200, Aperture priority. I used Camera Raw (Auto, Clarity up, Contrast enhanced), and then PS CC to develop it. In PS CC:

1. NIK Define
2. Color Efex Pro:
a. Lighten/Darken Center
b. Detail Extraction
c. Pro-Contrast
3. Topaz BW
a. Platinum Collection: Platinum VIII

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

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

I sense your claustrophobia.

When I look at the image, I keep wanting to straighten the ladder or change its orientation, so I can envisage how someone can climb up or down the ladder.

Would you consider reducing the detail extraction to simplify the image.

I prefer the color image because the blue color provides form and function. i.e. blue is calming, and suggests a separation with the submarine hatch. In the monochrome image I do not understand the meaning of the top part of the image.

  Posted: 08/12/2019 18:52:25
Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Your point is well taken, about the top of the hatch. It is better in color. It's good to have another set of eyes on this business of conversion to monochrome!

Indeed, the stairs were high. I suppose, considering the short stature of the sailors in the WWII sub, that they were well trained jumpers if they needed to exit quickly! Though I'm very short, I would never have made it, although panic does phenomenal things!   Posted: 08/12/2019 20:50:23
Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

A thought. Would you consider blue rather than sepia toning the image. Sepia tone does age the image. However, in the case of your image, with its cool tones in the original color, blue toning may create an interesting look. I watched a Greg Benz video on his monochrome workflow. He mentioned he often used blue or sepia for toning.

With respect to wanting to straighten the perspective in your image, I realized that it came from my sailing imagery. I would have to climb the ladder/steps from our sailboat's interior cabin to the deck. If the ladder was on a slant, we were heeling because of a strong wind. I would have to hold on tight to avoid falling as I exited the cabin toward the light. It is amazing how your image dug into my memory and made me wish the ladder was perpendicular.

JPS   Posted: 08/13/2019 09:09:11

John Roach   John Roach
(Groups 52 & 64)
Wonderful vintage look.   Posted: 08/13/2019 18:29:39

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hello, Georgianne. I am new to this group. First, I must say, I love the detailed description and even more important, the technical information you provided; welcomed and refreshing to see.

This is a fine abstract composition, indeed. The backstory is just as important and adds interest to the photograph. Must agree with Judith: lesson the "detail slider" and in my opinion, remove it all together. In my opinion, the color version has all the subtle textures that already make this photograph engaging. Converting to BW and trying different color filters (found in NIK Silver Efex Pro-2) and not familiar if Topaz has this function. One more point - I like the area on top-left better in BW - and adds considerably to the entire balance of this piece. Fine work, Georgianne.

  Posted: 08/15/2019 11:49:20

Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Hello Georgianne.
I definitely keep the color image, the cold blue tones against the small warm glow of the interior lights pleases me. But I wonder where those stairs take me, what's up?   Posted: 08/18/2019 10:06:08

Jane Luo   Jane Luo
Welcome to the team Georgianne. It's very interesting that the different feeling that this sepia monochromatic image brought in compared with the color one. From this image it does make me feel scared. :) Looking at the monochromatic image, it's a little bit like HDR as the details of brightness and shadow almost even, maybe the process made the clarity too good that lack of the spatial feeling. In reality, subjects closed to us usually clearer than those far away, which adding spatial distance to the image. Maybe that's why the color image looks better as the far away latter tip is less clear and the blue color cooling down the anxiety and let one feels distant. Thank you very much for sharing this image.   Posted: 08/31/2019 15:34:48