Gary Butler  

Lines and Spirals by Gary Butler

May 2021 - Lines and Spirals

May 2021 - Gary Butler


May 2021 - Gary Butler

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About the Image(s)

Here is an image that I am open to all suggestions, however significant or varied they may be.

I saw this home on Bonita Beach, FL and was taken by the color, the railing work and the spiral stairs. The home also had a pool, hot tub and statues (some visible in the original image) that I tried to avoid as much as possible.

I shot this hand held with my Canon 5D Mark IV and a 16-35mm lens set at 16mm, Iso 200, f/13 at a 20th of a second.

In the semi-finished shot I removed the eave of the next door home and competed the top of the subject home that I had missed. I also removed the shadows from the right pillar that were not from the spiral staircase. I like the detail in the semi-finished shot but it still has the "1st floor distractions." The "final removes the distractions but now appears to my eye to be less interesting.

This image was post-processed with cropping, and several "Basic" adjustment in LR. The cloning mentioned above was done in PS and I used AI Clear in Topaz Studio 2.

Thanks for your thoughts.

9 comments posted

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
(Groups 56 & 76 & 88)
Like what you've done with architecture. The lines of the building and spirals of the staircase have a nice contrast to one another. I appreciate you adding the extra sky at the top and lopping off the bottom where you did - all adding to the impact of the image. The shadows of the staircase on the building are an added plus. Nicely done!   Posted: 05/02/2021 18:41:26

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
The image displays good use of repeating lines. I find the shadows on the right pillar adds interest especially since it maintains its color. The use of the two contrasting colors is quite pleasing and for me gives a sense of calm. Even though there are a lot elements, given all of the wire work, I find the image clean and uncomplicated, yet a lot to look at. It is a beautiful building.   Posted: 05/02/2021 22:37:30

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Gary, this is a fascinating architecture image, not to mention the construction itself. Indeed the designer/builder took extra care in the smallest of the details. The combination of curves and lines is excellent. There is perfect armony in the colors. The shadows projected on the wall give additional depth to the image. The extra sky I believe is too much. I would have done about 1/2 way of what you did. The cropping of the sculpture is adequate since it would be distracting not being able to see the whole. It is very sharp. I am surprised that the image is this sharp with a shutter speed of 1/20th sec handheld or it is a typo ?   Posted: 05/04/2021 15:40:37
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Excellent suggestion Isaac, thanks. In the VF I not only reduced the blue sky but also went to 11x14 format and now have the pillar on the right directly out of the corner of the image. Thoughts?   Posted: 05/04/2021 16:54:33
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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
The pillar works as a leading line   Posted: 05/04/2021 20:37:47

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Gary, I really enjoy this sort of architecture. If I had been there you would have had to drag me away! I like your viewpoint which adds drama to the composition. I also think that Isaac's amount of sky and your further crop off the right impreove the composition. My great temptation with this type of image is to make it into a dramatic black & white. I took it into photoshop and applied a b/w adjustment layer. I pulled the cyan slider all the way to the left, and the blue slider most of the way. I also took the red and yellow sliders a long way to the right. This gave me the dramatic sky and building but took the detail out of the staircase so I did Select Color Range on the underside of the staircase (on the colour layer) and filled the selection with black on the b/w layer mask. This took the b/w conversion off the staircase. Then I applied a b/w layer overall, pulling up the blue and cyan sliders to lighten the staircase and railings and hold the detail. Obviously, this had no effect on the rest of the image.   Posted: 05/10/2021 09:11:33
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Gary Butler   Gary Butler
That is a really interesting version. Two questions:

I do not do this type of work much in PS (I mostly use DxO) so if I wanted to learn this and couldn't figure it all out would you be open to a Zoom call to walk me through it?

The sky has what appears to my eye to have some dark blue in it. In your opinion would this disqualify it as a Monochrome image? Thanks.   Posted: 05/10/2021 09:29:00
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Hi Gary. Yes I'm happy to have a Zoom chat with you. I don't use Photoshop anymore as I now use ON1 RAW for all my new images from the camera, but I still have an old version of PS for doing these comments as it is still quite convenient and I am still learning on ON1. You are quite right that the sky does have some blue in it. It looks like I uploaded the wrong version. I would normally make sure that there was an overall b/w adjustment layer to eliminate all colour. I did do this but was switching it on and off to see what the effect was, and it looks like I forgot to switch it on before uploading. My apologies. I certainly would not risk it as a mono imge as it appears here.   Posted: 05/10/2021 10:39:16
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Thanks Guy. I also use On1 Photo Raw and have done B/W conversions there. Right now I am doing my conversions in DxO Silver Efex. I will get back to you soon though on the Zoom to look at the PS process. Thanks again.   Posted: 05/10/2021 10:47:56


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