Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA  


Amsterdam -modern architecture by Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

July 2021 - Amsterdam -modern architecture

July 2021 - Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

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This was taken in 2019 when we went to stay with our daughter in Amsterdam. We were wandering round a modern development in the South of the city and there were lots of different shaped skyscrapers. With the blue sky behind this stood out well and as usual I have emphasised the sky when I converted to mono, simply using Lightroom and then photoshop, to increase the contrast and bring out some of the shadow area at the bottom. I used the geometry sliders to alter the perspective a little in both the vertical and horizontal elements, which I've not used before and then in Ps, I skewed the left side as well. Using content aware fill dealt with the missing information at the base and then I darkened that section. I quite like it but I don't know if it would ever do anything in competitions. Does it need to be more dramatic, or have a vignette or is it OK as it is?


21 comments posted




Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I very much agree with the perspective changes: straightening up the building on the left (of course you could crop it out entirely, but I am not sure of that); but keeping a slight vertical convergence to the main building to show it soaring upwards.
But I think the contrast is just too far on this one. I know you love it, but how about this?   Posted: 07/04/2021 22:50:02
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I started off with a less contrasty image but finished up with my version and I still prefer it. However it is always a question of whether the judges will like it since these images are produced with exhibitions in mind. Did you notice the base had developed a slant? Do you think that matters?   Posted: 07/05/2021 04:10:37
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Yes, your finished version has developed a slight slant, but the perspective problems are minor. If you want to correct them:
1. Level the slight horizontal slant you noted.
2. The slight vertical convergence, which I like very much, is absent on the left side of the building. I suggest you do a bit more with the perspective alteration to make the left side convergence the same as the right.
Otherwise, nicely done, and your contrast choice, although strong for me, is right on for your style.   Posted: 07/05/2021 10:21:51
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I actually don't mind the slanting road and since most people won't know it should be straight, I'll probably leave it as it is. I could not get the convergence out on the right without getting too close to the edge of the building, which is why I left it there. Does it matter?   Posted: 07/06/2021 04:19:01
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
No, no, I think you misunderstand me. I LIKE the convergence on the right, and think there should be some of the left. My personal preference is to KEEP some slight vertical convergence in images of tall buildings, to tell the viewer's brain that the building is soaring upwards. Here is how I like it, on your original.   Posted: 07/06/2021 23:50:11
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Wes Odell   Wes Odell
You straightened up nicely, the "leaning tower of Amsterdam." The Contrast approach is excellent. The slanting base is indicative of a street that has a slant. I believe it is the building that matters. Re your question about a vignette: How about a narrow black and then a white stroke? It would set it off in a projected judging.   Posted: 07/05/2021 09:17:42
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I'll try it.   Posted: 07/06/2021 04:17:12



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I like your higher contrast better. The slant does not bother me, as there are lots of buildings that are built on a slant. You straightened the building very well. You would have a stronger image if you cloned out the top 5 stories of the partial building on the left. It is drawing my eye from the main building. I like that you have people in the image, to it make the image "alive".   Posted: 07/06/2021 15:00:44
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes it is much better without the building. I will do so.   Posted: 07/06/2021 18:00:15



Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Is an interesting building & architecture. For me I like your B&W version best. Having a darker sky contrast with light side of the building & its vertical lines is pleasing. Is a nice capture Diana...   Posted: 07/06/2021 19:23:37



Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I must break from the group here and say I'm not a fan of the slanted street even before I knew it was flat. It looks odd to me but I can't say why. The contrast in the sky seems a bit too much as well, although I know you like it. The building itself is amazing and how you've managed the geometric correction is so well done. I agree the building on the left needs to go. Good luck with this!   Posted: 07/06/2021 19:24:18



Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Although you have done an impressive job of straightening the buildings in this image, I do find the slope that the straightening seems to have added to the street a bit awkward. If you intend to follow Tom's suggestion to remove that building, would it solve the sloping street problem if you did not straighten the left building before removing it? Also, I find the building is a bit tight in the frame on the right side. If your original is not already cropped, then it appears that you would have to clone to add more space there. That isn't too difficult with the dark sky, but might become more challenging with the lower part of the image. The dark sky also nearly merges with the dark right side of the building on my screen. I'm uncertain whether adding some detail enhancement with Topaz or a similar approach would help that or not. I don't know how this would work in PID open. Are architecture themes ever in PID, or do those mostly occur in the travel division? It does seem to fit an architecture theme well.   Posted: 07/06/2021 23:11:33
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I have tried my best to extend the canvas byt copy/paste methods and then cloned the bits which didn't work. I am really not good at this! Does anyone have a sure-fire way of extending a canvas to make it look good.
So, now the building is not so tight on the right and I've removed the left hand one.
I also straightened the perspective a bit more.
Does this work better?   Posted: 07/07/2021 05:35:42
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Excellent.   Posted: 07/08/2021 14:29:02



Diana Magor   Diana Magor
  Posted: 07/07/2021 07:04:27
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Yes, it really makes the building standout.   Posted: 07/09/2021 19:05:40



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Now that this has settled down very well, I still want to suggest a tiny, tiny bit of vertical convergence. Of course I am in a minority in liking this. But, what do you think of this?   Posted: 07/14/2021 21:28:12
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I think both the slight converging one and the totally straightened one are acceptable and I really don't know which to choose. i shall try entering in comps and see if either get accepted or neither. Judges will probably throw them both out though a similar mono of buildings I did some time ago did get accepted.   Posted: 07/15/2021 04:17:15
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
That's great. Do let me know how they stand up to the test!   Posted: 07/15/2021 04:35:25



Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
(Groups 4 & 31)
Hi Diana
This is so my type of mono really contrasty and wonderful shapes within the image,love what you have done with the sky the non uniform sizes of the buildings also strongly appeal to me nit pick time would like to have seen a little more space on the right not a lot more but that may not have been possible.
A title may be Pinstripe towers but for me don't change anything love it as it is.   Posted: 07/16/2021 17:00:32
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Thanks Ian. Love the suggested title. I should have had more on the right-I suppose I could extend the canvas some more but I'm not good at that.   Posted: 07/16/2021 17:22:54



 

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