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Party in Quebec by Paul Smith

October 2020 - Party in Quebec

October 2020 - Paul Smith


About the Image(s)

In September of 2018, we traveled to Quebec City…our first adventure in retirement. We found the food superb, the people friendly, and the culture young and vibrant. With little ability to speak French, we found ourselves following the crowds, then, pointing to menu items when we stopped for a bite. This bistro, at the base of the Chautau Frontenac, caught our eye. Plantains were a specialty! We will go back!
From a bridge/walkway I caught the scene by following the lines of the railing in extreme left. After printing, I decided it might be more appealing in a color / BW combination. I welcome your thoughts.

Canon 80D, lens EFS 17-85, ISO 100, f/14, 1/500th

12 comments posted

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Personally, I think having the patrons and background in black & white and the umbrella as a color accent makes for a stronger (more contrast) composition. The bright red does draw my eye initially but it is balanced by the larger expanse of black & white. Well done - I like it.   Posted: 10/01/2020 20:07:10

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
In my opinion the contrast created by the color/B&W combination creates a more interesting image; I like it. I see this as a "busy" composition with lots of elements and I think that doing the combination helps bring the focus to the group under the umbrella. From a technical perspective I see this as being well executed with nice even lighting and good focus and depth of field.

Just a thought, but not a criticism, might there be more of an impact if the people under the table were in color and everything else (including the umbrella) were in B&W?   Posted: 10/07/2020 08:41:58
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
My thanks to both Ed and Michael. Regarding Ed's suggestion, I had thought seriously about "coloring" the patrons and leaving everything else B/W. When I tried it, I found that "painting the patrons" was much more difficult than painting the umbrella. The "simple" umbrella matched very well with my "simple" skill level.   Posted: 10/07/2020 10:01:40

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I also like the BW with a pop of color on the umbrella the color version in my opinion was too busy. It is easier to follow the lines. I hope you do not mind I tried just painting in the patrons. I copied the background then turned the background bw. on the copy I made a mask layer and painted the people.   Posted: 10/07/2020 16:15:30
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Paul Smith   Paul Smith
I do not mind at all...thanks for taking the time to explore! I think your depiction makes clear that the umbrella needs to be in color. (You did a good job on painting the patrons!)   Posted: 10/08/2020 07:48:35
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Thank you. I tried leaving the patrons in color and adding the umbrella and it did not look as good as just the umbrella in color.   Posted: 10/08/2020 13:15:06
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Darcy, what tool(s) did you use to copy the background?   Posted: 10/08/2020 07:55:25
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I use corel paintshop pro instead of adobe but I think you doit the same way is you right click and it will say duplicate. The key thing is the mask has to be show all and the background has to be converted after you copy it. Hope this helps   Posted: 10/08/2020 12:25:15

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Paul, I find this to be an excellent 'fine art' image. Well composed and PP'd. Very well done.   Posted: 10/09/2020 13:56:06
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thank you, Jerry   Posted: 10/09/2020 17:10:03

Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
Really like your choices here. The monochrome with the colored umbrella, along with the diagonals and shapes makes this image work.   Posted: 10/14/2020 12:10:45

Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Nice image!! I have nothing more to add to all comments above.   Posted: 10/17/2020 09:52:21


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