Pat Centeno  

Dinner in the Vines by Pat Centeno

September 2020 - Dinner in the Vines

September 2020 - Pat Centeno

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September 2020 - Pat Centeno

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About the Image(s)

Last weekend, we attended a charity dinner outdoors in a local private vineyard. Fortunately, the tables were under tents because strong winds were followed by a heavy rain. Here, I just used SuperImposeX to layer the tent and table into the plain wet vineyard as the background. (I admit the tables got a bit "stretched" when I got the tent placed right.) I just wanted to combine them to get the atmosphere I had anticipated when I signed us up for this event.

Both were shot on the iPhone X between 6:30 and 6:45PM--not long before sunset. The vineyard, a horizontal shot, was at f/2.4, 1/60 sec, ISO32, 6mm (52mm @35mm lens equivalent), no flash. The Table and chairs under the tent were on a sidewalk, next to, but not facing the vineyard. They were shot vertically: f/1.8, 1/40sec, ISO25, 4mm focal length (30mm @35mm lens equivalent), pattern meter mode, no flash.

7 comments posted

Marilyn Kinyon   Marilyn Kinyon
Overall I find this an interesting image. My only suggestion would be to remove the powerlines and do a little curves adjustment.   Posted: 09/10/2020 08:38:59

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
I agree with Marilyn about the power lines. The tent looks strange; maybe delete it.   Posted: 09/10/2020 11:47:26

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
I see exactly the mood you are trying to achieve. Having the table between the rows of vines would have been great fun! I don't mind the slight distortion of table/chairs, but I see some ghosting around the image which maybe from imposing one over the other. I don't know the program, but did you try reversing the process you used? Maybe place the vineyard into the tent scene and see if it works better for you.   Posted: 09/11/2020 07:11:54
Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
I like your idea of reversing the subjects. Maybe I'll try it. The ghosting you mention is definitely there and made me hesitate to post it. It's just one of those things I haven't mastered yet on a small phone screen with big fingers. Had I done it on the computer in pshop it would have come out better, but I'm forcing myself to learn new tools.   Posted: 09/18/2020 11:45:16

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Just a note, Pat-- I noticed your Group 56 image related to the vineyard. Interesting and nicely done!   Posted: 09/12/2020 15:07:13
Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Thanks for noticing that, Belinda. I think this is the first time I ever decided to work on 2 different images taken at the same place for both group submissions. You get extra points.   Posted: 09/18/2020 11:38:47

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I haven't tried merging 2 images together, and now I'm a little more intimidated. Like you mentioned to Belinda, doing this on my desktop would have been a breeze. With my big fingers, doing this on a phone would be near impossible. It's hard enough on my tablet! d8¬{O

Aside from the removal of the power lines, I would also suggest masking out the tilted grass line from the tent image so that the scene blends better with the vineyard.   Posted: 09/18/2020 13:40:05


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