Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA  

View From Lincoln Park by Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA

June 2021 - View From Lincoln Park

June 2021 - Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA


About the Image(s)

I am running out of current images to work on, and my travel plans don’t start until September, so perhaps I can get back to a few favorite places in Chicago to try some new stuff. In the mean time, I was scanning through some older images, and I came upon this one from 2015. This is at the far western portion of Lincoln Park, and to get this image, you have to locate the street that bridges up and has a tiny area for pedestrian traffic (barely wide enough for a tripod).

It was windy, so the reflection I was hoping for was gone, and the light was getting weak with lots of haze. So I added the reflection, added a more suitable sky, after running an HDR tone mapping on 3 images. Then I increased the contrast and warmed the image, and cropped and straightened. Originally I had tone mapped it with Photomatix software, and if I ever start over again, I would switch to Aurora HDR for better results. While I think it is better than the original, not sure if I am happy with it or not.
85 mm on crop factor lens, f10

5 comments posted

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I think you have done a fantastic job to your image. The cloud has been added seamlessly and a lot of details have been brought out with your HDR processing. I am particularly impressed by the reflection from the water. Amazing! Well done!   Posted: 06/10/2021 11:19:27

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
There is so much to like about this image, but for me the light is particulary special coming through the clouds across the buildings. I like the water reflections, but on my tablet they look slightly oversaturated. I don't see the water as important to this final scene. For more focus on the water leading into the cityscape, I think you would just move farther back and get that view. Your edits warmed the color and greatly improved the overall image. It looks very real and natural.   Posted: 06/11/2021 09:31:36

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
What I like most of your post-processing is that the light on the buildings perfectly fits with the color of the clouds. I get the feeling that the photo was taken just after a rainstorm. I like the composition with its mix of trees and buildings, and I don't find anything that can improve it.   Posted: 06/11/2021 18:57:48

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
A very nice image and view! I very much like the afternoon light on the buildings. For me the reflection does not add to the image as it makes up only a small portion on the bottom, so if you had left that out I think it would be still be a strong image. For a reflection I would have taken more foreground I think. For me (personally) I find the image a bit over saturated, but this can also be my monitor. I am also not totally sure, but it seems the buildings still tend to lean a bit to the left, I would try to correct that (if this was my image). Further, the antenna on the roof of one of the buildings feels a bit too close to the border of the image, maybe you can just add a bit more space to the sky with content fill. ;)   Posted: 06/14/2021 01:14:49

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
You have brought out great detail in this image from the original. Your sky replacement looks natural and was a good choice.
I do find the buildings to over saturated - probably due to the HDR treatment. Overall a very successful image.   Posted: 06/15/2021 13:10:29


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