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Field of Light by Jim Horn, QPSA

August 2022 - Field of Light

August 2022 - Jim Horn, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This was taken at a special exhibit at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, 17 miles from where I live. Artist Bruce Munro has several Light Installations. This is an expanse of fiber optics in bulbs is entitled “Field of Light.” Each light had a fiberoptic monofilament up a tube/stem with a hollow bulb at the top. Thousands of these lights in acres of field was amazing. In Photoshop, I increased highlights and shadows, cropped it into a 16:9 format, then used transform distort to stretch the top of the image up to a 4:3 format because the distant lights were too compressed. The lights in this display shifted colors in patterns across the vast field, like a fiber-optic Christmas tree. Because it was the “blue hour” I wanted to darken the field as much as possible. I found that I could use 1/3 second handheld, but at 12800 ISO. I reduced the noise using Topaz DeNoise AI. I still had to do a lot in Photoshop to get this to look like what I saw. How did I do?

Sony α7Riv; Sony FE 2.8/12-24 GM, 13mm focal length, 1/3 seconds, f/2.8; ISO 12800, handheld

8 comments posted

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Jim, I like the post-processing you did on this image, my eye is just drawn from the edge all the way to the back to the last lights. This really illustrates the creativity of the artist. I recommend cloning out the two little tips of lights on the near edge of the image. Amazing how far photography has come where you are able to take an image handheld at 1/3 second and ISO 12800. WOW!   Posted: 08/01/2022 12:11:31

Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Hi Jim, love this work and capture. I like the original more as I feel the sky and background trees are needed for context. For me, the crop is to aggressive and the image looses balance.   Posted: 08/01/2022 20:39:58
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
I agree with you and David that I cropped out too much of the natural setting and "blue hour" moment.   Posted: 08/04/2022 11:49:39

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Jim this is most unusual and I have to go back and look again and again to comment intelligently. I decided it is really quite stunning and I could not add any changes/ improvements. Good work   Posted: 08/02/2022 20:07:09

David Price   David Price
I tend to agree with Mark in preferring the original. I would crop slightly and not do the transformation. I like the lights to go into the far distance. I would like to see some detail in the trees. In your cropped version there is too much blocked out black for my taste.   Posted: 08/03/2022 11:42:15
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Thank you all for your feedback. I agree with you that I cropped out too much of the natural setting and "blue hour" moment.   Posted: 08/04/2022 11:48:49

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Jim, you captured an extraordinary scene. I love how the lights flow into the background and vanish. However, I thought it might be interesting to include more of the sky. So, I took the original into PS (mostly ACR) and played with it. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 08/07/2022 15:38:44
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Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Pete, this brings it together. Thank you for doing this.
Is there a difference between Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop 2022 Camera Raw Filter? Jim   Posted: 08/07/2022 18:50:51


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