Jane Luo  

The Palmer's Staircase by Jane Luo

August 2019 - The Palmer's Staircase

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ISO 100, 15mm, f/16, 13s
This photo was taken in one of the staircases inside the Palmer House, Chicago. I tried different mono colors and found this seems the best. I'm still hesitated to make adjustment to the brightness near the top.

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11 comments posted

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
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These circular staircases are always a joy to photograph and the unusual angle you have used here takes it out of the ordinary. I don't think the brighter light at the top is a detraction, if anything I think it adds to the scene. Well done   Posted: 08/14/2019 19:25:49

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Jane - this composition is surely engaging, I really like it, and I agree with Barbara, the bright light is really not a distraction. However, though I like the heavy contrast for this particular interpretation, perhaps a bit Dodging (or lightening) of the handrails and the concrete base they are anchored to would be a viable alternative, and would surely balance even more with the bright light at center. This could be completed while still in color in PSCC, for example. Just a thought.   Posted: 08/15/2019 11:37:37

Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Hi Jane

Could you call your stairs, Fiobinacci stairs, good composition and I also think that the brightness above does not bother, on the contrary it helps the overall image   Posted: 08/18/2019 09:03:00

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

This is an intriguing image and I like your use of sepia to age the image.

It was a good image to test out luminosity masking.

I applied Lumenzia masks to tone down the central light, remove some splotchy light shadows in the ceiling, bumped up the contrast to bring out more detail in the wall, spot removed tiny details in the ceiling, cloned on color in the ceiling to even out the tones, and then increased the overall exposure.   Posted: 08/19/2019 13:01:22
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I love the tones in this image - they are exceptionally well graduated. The composition is also excellent.   Posted: 08/20/2019 12:43:32

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Jane, I went into PSCC and did Dodge & Burning: only touching the rail and concrete and then Dodged the walls to bring out detail. I also, and slightly, burned the bright light, but just a tad.

All other artifacts are left untouched as they are part of the uniqueness to this frame: the imperfections on the wall, define this character, in my opinion, though I did remove three or four unusual black dots I felt could have been lens related. It may be a tad too (light), but this is another option/version you can consider.   Posted: 08/21/2019 07:50:53
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Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
The geometric nature of this image, emphasized by the angle at which you took the photo, are very appealing to me. I did find the architectural detail of the left side molding, to be distracting. The subject of your image just invites me to jump in and play, just for the sake of playing!
I used NIK Color Efex Pro, a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, and masks to emphasize the staircase and diminish the impact of the other extraneous architectural items.   Posted: 08/24/2019 20:24:51
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Jane Luo   Jane Luo
Thanks Barbara, Lance, Jose, Judy, Charles, and Georgianne! It's very nice and encouraging reading all your suggestion and comments. "Fiobinacci stairs", what a great name for this stairs. :) Thanks Jose, I'll definite use it. Judy, I like your cropping. Georgianne, you are right, I feel the same too, and I like how you removing the details even though I don't know how you did it. :) These two types of composition that help to eliminate the distraction from the supporting posts seem to affect to the visual effect of the image. I'm still debating which one is better. Barbara, thanks for a positive note about the center bright spot. Lance, your fine touch of the reflection made the image very interesting and it does help to balance out the center brightness. Charles, thanks for your such positive comments about the image. :) I have tried to blend in all your ideas and make some modification to the image, here are two versions, both used Judy's cropping. One with the real b/w instead of Sepia. Please feel free to let me know what you think. Thanks! :)   Posted: 08/30/2019 02:13:44

Jane Luo   Jane Luo
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Jane Luo   Jane Luo
Not sure why my reload of the images look so dark on the browser.   Posted: 08/30/2019 22:13:56
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Jane Luo   Jane Luo
After cropping, the perspective of the stairs don't look the same. :(   Posted: 08/30/2019 22:16:30