Judith Ponti-Sgargi  

Gibbons Park London by Judith Ponti-Sgargi

March 2020 - Gibbons Park London

March 2020 - Judith Ponti-Sgargi


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Camera Settings: F/7.1 1/250, ISO-100 at 18mm.

This image was taken Feb 29 in Gibbons Park London after two days of snow. The park is one of a series of parks that follow along the Thames River. People enjoyed themselves walking dogs and cross country skiing after two days of snow.

I was walking to my car around 5:00 p.m. and saw these ski tracks. I was surprised that people cross country skied in this area.

I wished that there was a skier or walker in the image.

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11 comments posted

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi
I reedited this image image using the PS green rather than yellow filter and cropped the lower part. Also, in Nik, I applied the light centre/dark exterior placing the point on the end of the ski trail to draw the eye into the image. To create more detail, I used Nik Color Effex detail extractor and tonal contrast to bring out detail in the trees. The revision emphasizes the trees.

However, for me, the image still misses the mark. Perhaps, because I love cross country skiing, I wish there was a skier in the image.
  Posted: 03/02/2020 17:44:48
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Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Judith, I liked the monochrome version a lot. I think it is stronger compositionally. I liked the ski tracks bit off-centered that led my eyes to the interior part of the park. You captured the beauty of the leaf-less branches very well.

Only thing I am missing is the soft yellow-reddish late afternoon light on the snow!   Posted: 03/13/2020 22:11:53

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

I reedited this image four times until I was satisfied with it. In this final version, my goal was to have the side lighting camera left from the setting sun cross the image and fade out and to keep the highlights from the setting sun.

JPS   Posted: 03/13/2020 22:58:19

Dirk-Olaf Leimann   Dirk-Olaf Leimann
Hi Judith, I like the lines and shadows in this Image and so I have a proposal for another crop and bw conversion.
Dirk   Posted: 03/19/2020 05:17:03
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Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Thanks for your proposal.

I like your revised crop and editing which emphasizes the snow and shadows.
  Posted: 03/19/2020 10:34:32

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Judy!

Simply...I think this is a well balanced composition...I agree with the crop to eliminate the tracks seen in the original color version. And yes, perhaps a skier moving into the image (or away from the viewer) would have added another dimension...

On my desk top monitor your updated version still looks a bit dark in the tree trunks - perhaps its my screen or maybe a bit more Dodging will bring them out. :)   Posted: 03/20/2020 16:38:34

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Do the trees seem brighter in this revision.

I used a luminosity selection and dodged the trees. Then, with another selection, I burned the shadows in the snow and ski tracts to create the deeper shadow that Dirk suggested.

This reduces the contrast. The sky remains the same tone a before.

I retained my crop so you could see the changes in the tree branches.

  Posted: 03/20/2020 17:10:51
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Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(seems I screwed up and Deleted my last replay)

Yes, I see more of the Trunk - this works fine, indeed. Though a darker more Contrast version is possible...I feel this more natural aesthetic is more inviting for this particular scene.   Posted: 03/22/2020 06:09:10

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
This is a very impacting image. I do like your last revision best! The addition of the much lighter area on the left really gives the eye someplace to go after following the enticing lines of the ski tracks. As a former cross country skier in the upper peninsula of Michigan, I really like the image. It reminds me of the absolute wonder of nature and the inner calm when skiing. But, I really miss the snow on the trees in your image! This is a personal memory, of course. When I was skiing, there was always a load of snow on the trees, sometimes creating an arch tunnel, through which we skied. So, I took the liberty of adding a reminder of snow to your image!
In PS, I added a NIK Color Efex Pro Graduated Fog preset. Then I put that layer at a Dissolve blending mode at 60 percent. I used a mask to bring back some tree trunks, merged up, and then used a Silver Efex plugin with a Wet Rock preset. Finally, I put a mask on the top layer and painted black over the foreground, to bring back the definition in the ground. I'm not sure that I like it any better than your final revision, but it did remind me more of my snowy cross country ski days! :-)   Posted: 03/23/2020 09:53:09
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Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Thanks for the detailed description. I will use your description to emulate the steps.

When I watched Matt Klowskoski's free webinars last week, he mentioned that the person who developed Nik Silver Effex developed the Lightroom monochrome presets.

I too love cross country skiing. Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island had 60+ km of groomed trails, some of them quite steep, long and challenging. I would careen down and puff up the hills using my back country skis with metal edges to slow down, turn, or stop. In London, I switched to winter hiking with icers and snow shoeing. What surprised me at Gibbons where the land is flat, was that I did not see snow shoe or icer tracks instead only cross country tracks.   Posted: 03/23/2020 10:28:10