Al Swanson  

Untitled by Al Swanson

May 2022 - Untitled

May 2022 - Al Swanson


About the Image(s)

Situation: one of the more interesting parts of Tucson, Arizona, is what's known as the barrio “ “ a location near downtown that contains homes built decades ago in old Spanish style. It is a residential area that is now "the place to be." Many of these homes are being gutted and converted to 21st-century style on the inside while maintaining their Spanish appearance on the outside. Colorful doorways to these residences is the main attraction and it's not unusual to see photographers roaming up and down the streets photographing doorways. This is one example that I picked out from my trip down there a couple of weeks ago. After taking the image into Photoshop and cropping it, I adjusted the levels and saturation slightly. Then I moved it into the Studio 2 and cleaned it up while applying a clear day look. Then I removed noise and slightly sharpened it.

Technicals: Canon 7D, F 11, 1/160, iso-400, fill flash.

4 comments posted

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I like the way you cropped this. Though there are two items-door and window, the cacti add a third element. To be very picky, I would like to remove (burn in?) the light strands on the grass in the lower left. Good job.   Posted: 05/10/2022 15:16:00

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Great coloring and nice composition. This certainly suggests the old American southwest. Probably my monitor, but the yellow between the door and the window seems a little bright. You did a really good job with the texture, as well as balancing the plants with the house. Looks to me that it might be a struggle to get through the door with that cactus standing guard!   Posted: 05/12/2022 17:42:57

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
I love these buildings and the natural look. It is a shame that they are slowly disappearing. Al, you did a great job of processing and as much as I love the colors and crispness of the image, I am uncomfortable with the composition. I too feel that we have two pictures here. The abstract reflection and colors in the window with the fern below, make one picture and demands attention. As it is, perhaps you would consider cropping part of left of the window and making it a secondary element to the door.   Posted: 05/14/2022 16:21:50
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Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
This image really attracts my attention with its bright colors and Southwest theme. I do like what Joe did to bring more focus to the door/cactus subject and reduce the impact of the window. I think maybe you could select the glass in the window and darken it so that it recedes into the background a bit.   Posted: 05/17/2022 14:18:50


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