Judith Ponti-Sgargi  

FOG by Judith Ponti-Sgargi

May 2020 - FOG

May 2020 - Judith Ponti-Sgargi


May 2020 - Judith Ponti-Sgargi

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Settings: F/7.1 1/160sec. ISO-100, 125mm, (hand held).

This image was taken March 21, 2019, on a country road by the Mclachlan Maple Syrup factory 15 minutes away from my home in London Ontario. I was just leaving the factory around 11:30 and hurrying home before the fog rolled in. (I attach 2 edits, plus the color original).

Edit 1: done March 2019, where I sharpened the image with high pass, and used Nik Color Efex Pro light centre dark exterior, and two curves layers applied to the entire image to increase the contrast in the image.

Since doing edit one March 2019, I have thought more about the monochrome aesthetic and visualizing an image before editing. Also, I have adopted luminosity masking and dodging and burning into my work flow.

MAIN IMAGE - Edit 2: My goal was to emphasize the fog. Therefore, I dodged and burned with luminosity masking to create more detail and dimension into the road and to darken the trees in the foreground. I used a lasso and curve to brighten the top of the hill and draw attention to that point. I set sharpening to 0 in LR.

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5 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Judith, you did an amazing job of really bringing out the contrast in the image. It is a great improvement over the original.

I have a couple questions. First of all, what is this an image of? At first I thought it was a washed out road, over which water was rapidly falling. Your explanation seems to imply that it is fog, though it does not look like fog to me!

Secondly, could you explain Luminosity masking for us? Thank you in advance!   Posted: 05/01/2020 10:51:24

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

This is a country road so it does not get a lot of use. What you see is melting water on the road because the warmer land is heating the cooler denser moist air rolling in creating radiation fog (my nautical explanation). Also,the humid index is high.

I used Greg Benz's lumenzia panel (luminosity masking) in the version that is posted as the original, not the bigger image posted. In the bigger image, I used two curves layers to heighten the contrast between the white and the dark.

I have just completed the Greg Benz luminosity dodge burn course that I highly recommend members of our group consider. The course really made me think through what is my artistic vision for an image, and then how do I use editing to bring out this vision. In the lighter version (original), my concept was to show the dense fog by making things closer i.e. the trees more visible to the naked eye and the background almost white. In the image I edited last year, my approach was to lift the fog.

For a good explanation of luminosity, you could go to Greg Benz site on luminosity masking. Luminosity masking is a step beyond straight masking because one uses the luminence value of pixels to create masks. Rather than creating the masks myself which is cumberome, (there are videos showing one how), I chose to use the lumenzia panel which creates the masks. I can also customize the masks and then doge burn based on these masks. I can use the luminosity masks with dodge burn layers or with curves.

I have attached the image that I considered for this month. Look carefully at the tree trunk. I targeted the darkest pixels with a darks mask to bring out contrast and dimension. You can see how this brings out depth to the tree trunk and the tree stands out more clearly against the background. Also I targeted with a lights mask, the maple syrup pails to bring out the highlights in the pails and create more brightness and draw the eye. Then I applied an inverted vignette curve layer to draw attention to the pail.

Essentially what I am doing is creating more tonal contrast by going back to the simple principles of dodge burning.

I apologize for adding another image but I want you to see the benefit of editing with luminosity masking. I used a curve and luminosity mask last month on Debasiah's image to improve it. I also used luminosity masking on my January snow image to deal with a problematic issue of highlights blown out from the sun and a tree that merged with the background as well as to deepen shadows in the snow to create contrast, depth, and dimension.
  Posted: 05/01/2020 11:50:11
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Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
A very good discussion. Thank you, guys!   Posted: 05/01/2020 16:44:17

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
My son and me traveled extensively between 2013 and 2018 crisscrossing the Southeast and Midwest for our business - and this scene reminds me of many early morning treks up and down roads exactly like this: the early morning hours were our favorite because of the beauty and mystery of light and shadow, as it tried to pierce fog or mist. I find this photograph a great example showing (documenting) the vernacular associated with small towns settled, seemingly, far from a major city.

A well executed composition.   Posted: 05/08/2020 15:55:00

Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Hi Judith
Good job. It perfectly conveys the feeling of misty cold of the landscape, I am a little distracted by the trunks in the lower left corner.   Posted: 05/17/2020 17:37:01