Guy Davies, EPSA  

Towner Gallery Shapes and Colours by Guy Davies, EPSA

May 2022 - Towner Gallery Shapes and Colours

May 2022 - Guy Davies, EPSA


About the Image(s)

How I Did It:
In early March this year, Paula and I went on a photo workshop on the south coast of England. We photographed white chalk cliffs and we also visited the seaside town of Eastbourne where there is a very modern style building called The Towner Gallery. This is a close up of part of the building. (My Original “Towner Gallery, Eastbourne” shows the overall building). I was lucky there was strong sun to make the colours more vibrant, and there was a plain blue sky to provide a strong backdrop. I used my Lumix G9 micro four-thirds camera with the Leica 12-60 lens at 20 mm (40 mm full frame equivalent). Exposure was 1/1000 at f/8 with 200 ISO.

Back home I opened it in ON1 RAW and corrected the perspective, then used Curves plus HDR effect to open up the shadows a little. A building behind me was casting a heavy shadow at the bottom right of the image so I used the Perfect Brush to select that and then used another Curves Effect to lighten the shadow to blend with the surrounding structure. Unfortunately, I have not been able to eliminate the soft edge of the shadow so you can still see that. I tried feathering the selection and that made a big difference, but I could not get rid of the soft edge completely. For some reason, even cloning did not work either. Has anyone got any ideas, or should I have left the heavy shadow there “ you can see it on the Original?

4 comments posted

Dr. Isaac Vaisman   Dr. Isaac Vaisman
Guy, what an interesting colorful building with an unconventional architecture. Yes, removing shadows can become a monumental piece of work. You did pretty good, but needed to be finished with "precision surgery" so you came to the right place. Using a combination of cloning at 30 % hardness, and the patch tool, and voila here it is. Nonetheless is a beautiful combination of colors, very sharp and very bright. Your crop selection is probably one of several options   Posted: 05/02/2022 21:22:28
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Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Well done Isaac. The result is seamless. I must try harder! As for the crop, I took over 20 pictures of this building so I may show some more later.   Posted: 05/03/2022 04:22:10

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
You have captured a strong perspective Guy. The bright colors scream impact, and the leading lines helps the viewer's eye see all aspects of this piece of art. Isaac and his P.P. proficiency, added the icing on the cake.   Posted: 05/07/2022 07:57:58

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
I truly love the composition and the colors of this image. I've read that one aspect of an image that catches and holds a viewer's eyes is the momentarily indecision as to what they are looking at. I feel this image does just that. For me, it makes me stop and think. To me even after deciding, it makes me ruminate on what it took for the artist to think up and then execute this paint job.

For me this would be a great piece to have on the wall of an "art-deco" styled home. I think Isaac's cloning improved the image although I would suggest trying your closing of straight line that are in sharp focus at about 70% hardness. (That's just me.) Nice work and thanks for sharing.   Posted: 05/07/2022 12:25:02


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