Shirley Pohlman  

Scary Night by Shirley Pohlman

October 2021 - Scary Night

October 2021 - Shirley Pohlman


About the Image(s)

Night shooting with light painting. Shot with Nikon D610, 28-300 at 42mm, manual mode, f/5.6, 30 sec, ISO 640, tripod mounted. This is one of three HDR shots. Added canvas in Photoshop. Converted to black & white in Silver Efex Pro. Various adjustments in Lightroom: exposure, sharpening, radial filter, tone curve, graduated filter. Topaz filter that gave a red glow.

6 comments posted

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
Love the original too. However the color you chose was perfect to make it spooky! Great job!   Posted: 10/02/2021 13:56:06

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
What a fitting image for October! I love the moodiness. I think I would crop a bit off the left side of the image almost over to the branch to move the barn from the middle. I would also clone out the grayish triangle in the upper right corner as it keeps pulling my eye there. It's lighter and a different tone then the rest of the sky. Perhaps blending the color more with the rest of the sky if you want to keep a bit of contrast. Great photo, Shirley!   Posted: 10/04/2021 05:36:52

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Very interesting spooky image and effective use of processing to create the mood. The light painting is interesting and suggests you had an assistant with a flashlight or car headlights? The tint is effective but the streak or possibly light-painting along the fence-line and the gray blotch at the top right appear out of order. Perhaps part of the streak on the house is removable using cloning leaving the spooky appearance of a lighted road behind the house.   Posted: 10/04/2021 11:13:40

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Shirley, This looks like you had fun both in getting out at night and doing the light painting as well as playing around with the BW conversion.
I love being able to do all those things.
Like Karen suggested, cropping more from the left wouldn't hurt the esssence of the scene. It could also eliminate the "halo" look to the distant trees. That looks out of place.
Well done!   Posted: 10/04/2021 15:18:29

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
This is a great photo, Shirley. I have to agree with the other comments about the post production. Yes crop and bit off the left hand side. The grey in the top right hand corner needs to be the same tone as the rest of the image and the line of light across the image at fence level needs to be cloned out or reworked if you can.
A lovely image all the same!   Posted: 10/04/2021 20:19:41

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I agree with all of the above. Cropping from the left would take away the halo on the trees and would also strengthen the composition be putting the house out of direct center. The tones you added really enhance the effect!Well done.

I would love to know why you used Silver Efex Pro to turn it into a B&W image. I am unfamiliar with that software. Why is it different from just doing that in Lightroom?   Posted: 10/09/2021 14:33:14


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