Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC  

The Lantern by Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

May 2022 - The Lantern

May 2022 - Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC


May 2022 - Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

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About the Image(s)

What first attracted me to this picture was the doorway and how it was framed by the tree. But when I saw it on my monitor, I saw the picture within the picture, the lantern and its shadow. Since the shadow was cut off, I extended the canvas and built up the shadow with the Clone tool. I also deleted a couple minor distractions and pumped up the blacks, the whites, cropped and stroked. Then I thought, ‘someone is going to say: “I would like to see it in B&W”, so here it is, which I think is more striking.

4 comments posted

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Very creative spot, Joe. I like elements of both images, but the comparatively bright green foliage tends to pull the eye down to the lower corner in the original. In the final image, the lantern and its shadow balance each other off nicely. The strong vertical line running down the right side is countered by the strong diagonals from the lantern. My only (minor) complaint would be that the final image is a little too contrasty. Other than that, this is a really fine effort.   Posted: 05/13/2022 16:29:27

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I have to admit that it took me a while to read through this image. The real stark blackness of the image rather than variations in shades of gray made it pretty difficult to get it. I think I would have much preferred the black and white image with a bit more structured tonality so that the lantern would have popped out as a central figure.   Posted: 05/16/2022 12:44:44

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I like the shadow of the lantern. I agree with Al and Jerry that it is too contrasty. I opened up the blacks a little. Interesting subject and nice capture.   Posted: 05/16/2022 14:51:01
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Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Nice capture Joe. I like Marti's changes because the lantern is more visible and becomes the center of interest. Great shadows!
  Posted: 05/17/2022 14:22:31


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