Piers Blackett  

The Strip by Piers Blackett

June 2021 - The Strip

June 2021 - Piers Blackett


About the Image(s)

There is a strip of land between the Canadian River and Lake Overholser, which extends for about two miles in a north-south direction and is a popular walking trail giving a sense of being on an island. The challenge is to portray this sense so I chose to go close with a panorama as opposed to backing up and including some ugly trees in the center. The photo was taken approaching from the north at about 5 pm at 1/800, f/11, ISO 125, 18mm. I took 3 landscape images and stitched them together as a panorama. I used denoise AI, and processed in 5 steps. A mask was used by increasing exposure and decreasing shadows on a background image to selectively brighten the dam house and support structures. I used the circular tool in camera raw to slightly darken the steps in the center. The gradient tool was used to decrease the brightness of the upper right sky and clouds. Sun-rays were added to the clouds with Luminar 4, and the street-lights were painted white to turn them on. The original image is the first of the three stitched images and shows the relative shady points on the dam house and the color prior to black and white conversion.

14 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I really like how you made the panorama of this scene and feel you did an excellent edit. The clouds are beautiful and the rays really make the scene pop. Love that Luminar.   Posted: 06/01/2021 16:17:22
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks, I have been looking into panoramas and have the equipment but this one was handheld and stitched surprisingly well in Photoshop.   Posted: 06/06/2021 18:04:41

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Great composition, Piers. The clouds make for a great B&W. I love the sun rays on the right, my only suggestion would be to darken them a bit in the water area. Sun rays are generally brightest at their source and fade and dissipate a bit as they move further away. Great panorama subject!   Posted: 06/06/2021 13:08:16
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks, I agree. I went -1.5 on the exposure for the water with a feathered brush in camera raw.   Posted: 06/06/2021 18:23:00
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Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Oh yes, much better!   Posted: 06/07/2021 07:44:32

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I like the sense of length you get both horizontal and vertical. the sun rays really add to the vertical sense of space and complement the central path at center. It is interesting how the sense of space is my primary take away from the photograph. I love it!   Posted: 06/08/2021 07:25:55

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks, I had not really thought of it like that.   Posted: 06/08/2021 14:53:09

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
(Groups 7 & 32)
Piers, just having moved from Oklahoma City, I am well familiar with the location, and you did a really good job of photographing it.   Posted: 06/14/2021 12:05:16

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks Tom, that's encouraging. Best wishes, Piers   Posted: 06/14/2021 14:00:01

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Well done in creating this panorama.
This is a very busy image.
My eyes are drawn into the scape by the leading lines of the pathway. But from there they are drawn towards the brightness of the crepuscular rays on the far righthand side of the image. This is almost out of the image and not where I was originally heading. Meanwhile, my mind is telling me that maybe the building is supposed to be the focus of author's intent.   Posted: 06/14/2021 20:16:54
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks Martin, but here is my counter. Three images were stitched, so from your perspective it is debatable whether a panorama has anything more to offer than the first of the three shown as the original. However, I think it has informative value on the layout of the dam without compositional strengths such as leading lines, which don't seem to be present in most panoramas because of their longer horizontal aspect.   Posted: 06/14/2021 22:15:56
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
On further thoughts, I think the compositional flaws of the panorama are distracting as you point out. I have revised the image by taking out the distracting leading line "to nowhere" and have balanced the dam house with the sun so that there is less intervening space.   Posted: 06/21/2021 13:22:45
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Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Piers, Your panoramic image, as presented, has 3 distinct sections. I like it as it is, but feel that the addition of the suns rays detracts from the scene. I hate to say it, but, it looks too "Photoshopped".
Perhaps just adding more contrast to the clouds and eliminating the suns rays would provide a good iamge you're working towards.
I love your efforts, though.   Posted: 06/21/2021 20:16:31
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for your advice and comments. Piers   Posted: 06/22/2021 14:19:12


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