Richard Siersma  

Sunset in Japan by Richard Siersma

May 2021 - Sunset in Japan

May 2021 - Richard Siersma


About the Image(s)

This is a scanned image of a photo I took while I was stationed in Japan. The original was poorly exposed but I tried to make it work. I am hoping with the expertise in the group it can be made better. Any recommendation is greatly appreciated. I use PS, Topaz, and Nik.

7 comments posted

David Price   David Price
This image asks a lot of questions. What are the people saying? Are they lovers or is one of them upset? What is the cat doing there? As you have put in a different sky you are obviously happy to make significant changes to the image. Therefore I would remove the large mound on the right hand side. In the image below I selected a small area of the mound, for example the area that was blocking the sky and used "Content Aware Fill" I repeated this and also cloned at times. In addition I copied the lake on the left hand side, flipped it and moved it to the right. I always use a new layer for each process and in total I had 16 layers. Finally I used a curves adjustment, pressed Auto and reduced the opacity to 50%. If you use Topaz Impressions you might consider using one of their filters to give an artistic effect, its down to taste.   Posted: 05/01/2021 06:54:55
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Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
David has certainly improved your image--16 layers! My first thought was to rid it of the huge mass of the dark area on the RH side. I don't think the cat has any bearing on the picture although since it is in the original it was there when you took it. The hugging shows a sentiment which is the subject of the image.Although it is an interesting scene, in my opinion, it is not one that would gain acceptance in an exhibition.   Posted: 05/01/2021 10:53:16

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
The image tells a lovely story. I think that David's effort made a 100% or more improvement in the image and I do tend to agree with Barbara re acceptance in an exhibition.   Posted: 05/02/2021 13:29:41

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
We can only guess what is happening between the two; its mystery is gripping. I totally agree with eliminating the dark mound.
The cat is rather distracting, and seems to take away some of the impact of the main subject.   Posted: 05/02/2021 20:53:43

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
I like the subject. It is a really poignant moment. I like David's composition better. I tried fixing this with Denoise and AI Sharpen. It looked better, noisewise, but I got some color artifacts so I didn't submit it.   Posted: 05/05/2021 21:55:11

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Richard, It looks like David has done some extensive work on your image. He has done some remarkable cloning to replace the dark object in the lower right corner. I might have finished the job by adding a thin soft off-white border.   Posted: 05/08/2021 12:38:12

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
My thanks to everyone for their comments, I had a feeling I would receive some excellent feedback and I was not disappointed. David, you went far beyond anything I was expecting, wow 16 layers; I hope this more of a challenge than a task. I certainly do appreciate the time you took. Using the information you provided I will work on this photo again. I was not looking for an exhibition image but just a better image to remember our time overseas. We are also cat people but we have never had a cat stay seated with us for any length of time. Again, thanks, everyone.   Posted: 05/09/2021 10:20:19


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