Stephen Levitas  

Forbidden city rooftops by Stephen Levitas

June 2021 - Forbidden city rooftops

June 2021 - Stephen Levitas


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Title: Forbidden City Rooftops

I was digging through my world travel pictures. On this visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing, I took a lot of pictures, but only found I was satisfied with this rooftop image. I converted it to b/w with my new favorite preset in PS Element, "Scenic Landscape." Then I applied overall "Lighten Shadows," "Darken Highlights," and increased "Midtone Contrast." I am especially interested in your comments about whether this full frame is satisfactory or should be cropped (or should have been taken from further back). Thanks.

6 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
(Group 74)
Hi Stephen, thanks for sharing that 600 years old palace. In my opinion, it should have been taken from further back and you could reduce noise in the sky portion, enhance details and improve image quality in PS. All other adjustments you did are ok.   Posted: 06/01/2021 02:45:23

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Stephen, while this is a tight crop/image, I like all the leading lines & composition. For me it has a lot of impact. I can only image all the stories & memories this image holds.   Posted: 06/01/2021 16:56:32

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
You captured a very interesting piece of architecture. I like the crop, but the part in the upper right is competing with the main part. I would crop off some from the right and then get rid of the part that is left. Of course altering an historical piece like this might not be what you want, but to me, that has never seen photos of it, it is more photogenic.   Posted: 06/09/2021 16:41:38
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I find your mono a bit too all over grey and white so i went back to your original, removed the dust spots, used shadow highlight to bring out detail in the shadows, and then converted simply using Ps and using the colour sliders so the green and blue went all the way to the left and the yellow and red went partway to the right. This gave a darker sky but left the building showing more contrast. I darkened the bottom two corners as they had gone too bright, but I liked the apparent increase in overall contrast.   Posted: 06/12/2021 09:20:20
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Wes Odell   Wes Odell
The intruding part of the architecture from the right was distracting to my eye from a composition perspective. Cropping as in Tom's comment created, I believe, a more pleasing image. If then, you could apply Diana's "contrast pixie dust" I think you would have a stronger image.   Posted: 06/16/2021 16:36:59

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The architectural aspect of this image is impressive. The details in the roof are amazing and you captured that well. I agree with Tom though that the right upper corner is distracting, and the over image has a grayish flat tone. Diana's addition of contrast with Tom's crop, and the image pops.   Posted: 06/18/2021 14:44:12


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