Piers Blackett  

Hafer Park View by Piers Blackett

July 2021 - Hafer Park View

July 2021 - Piers Blackett


About the Image(s)

The picnic veranda is at a nearby park where I took the picture at last winter at about 5 pm, and my settings were 1/200, f8.0, 20mm., ISO 250. I intended to capture the shape and table lines at fairly wide angle for a color or black and white image. The view beyond the veranda consists of a pond with a fountain and trees beyond, but the trees were weather damaged and did not contribute, and the pond was not visible because of the elevated position. In post I used Lightroom for adjustments and the quick selection tool in Photoshop to select and paint out the trees with a sky-like color. Then with Luminar 4 I selected one of my collected sunsets as a background, but cut off the mask just above the railing; and added a light with rays which was there but needed positioning and adding light. Although I had intended to go black and white, I have left the image in color.

8 comments posted

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Piers, you did wonders for this photograph. The original certainly needed sprucing up. I am interested in your use of Luminar 4. I am unfamiliar with it and will be interested to look into it. I do think that your original intent of capturing the shape and table lines is a great concept. I would love to see what you would do with this in B&W.   Posted: 07/02/2021 07:49:54
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks. I'm working on a black and white and find I need to decrease the shadows, increase exposure and contrast quite a bit. Also the original or a different sky might be better because of the dark sky tones in the image presented.   Posted: 07/04/2021 18:32:51

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Piers, as much as I love the colors in your edited image, I think I like the original better with the trees. Perhaps because I'm not sure what your intended subject is, the original keeps me in the veranda wondering what it would be like to sit at those tables having a picnic and looking out over the pond. In the edited version, I'm feeling lost with the tables and just want to focus on the sky. The edited version makes me feel as though I'm looking up almost like I'm in a boat trying to look over the front. Although I don't think you changed the perspective from one image to the second, to me, the sky change provides a more dramatic expression from someone taking the shot from a lower angle.   Posted: 07/02/2021 11:41:10
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks Karen for your very helpful comments. I agree that the original is worth reconsidering and may go the way I suggested to Jacqueline.   Posted: 07/04/2021 18:36:41

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Piers, I do like the edited version better since the original, to me, was flat. I feel your sky replacement became the central point of the image framed beautifully with the arch. An added bonus is the rays from the light. I do think you are leaning downhill slightly to the right.   Posted: 07/02/2021 15:58:20
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for your helpful suggestions - I did use the straighten tool but there may be something giving this impression - I am working some more on the original still with black and white in mind.   Posted: 07/04/2021 18:40:01

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Wow! What a successful transition from the original. Love it.   Posted: 07/03/2021 15:32:08

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for your comment - always difficult choices to avoid it becoming too surrealistic!   Posted: 07/04/2021 18:41:53


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