Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA  

Airforce academy by Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

September 2021 - Airforce academy

September 2021 - Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA


About the Image(s)

This was taken in 2011 when we came to the Conference. I thought it was a fantastic building and took lots of photos both inside and out. I've mainly used them for colour competitions but I've recently been trying some out as mono. It was ISO 200 and F25 at 1/60th .I'm not sure why I had it at that ISO because it was a brilliantly sunny day. All I've done is convert to mono in RAW, pushing the contrast up a little, increasing the clarity and also the dehaze. The I carefully made the bottom left corner coincide with the start of the roof and brought the right corner in to the same sort of point. The peak of the roof was then very nearly at the crossover of the thirds so looked good. Finished with a sharpening and put a stroke round it. Dead easy! So is it worth it? Will it do well in competitions?

11 comments posted

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Diana, you did a really nice job on the roof and the detail brought out does add interest. The triangles are everywhere and I think your choice to convert this image to mono is a good one. I would think it will do well. As an fyi, Air Force would be 2 words.   Posted: 09/04/2021 17:58:22
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
OK -I'll try to remember in future   Posted: 09/07/2021 06:59:35

Kym Houston
Hi Diana I really like the surreal feel to this image and it almost looks like a pencil or ink architectural drawing.It definitely suits black and white.   Posted: 09/04/2021 18:48:25
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes, that was what I was aiming for.   Posted: 09/07/2021 06:59:55

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Looks like a Red Filter on BW film. I'm glad you didn't add some clouds. Simplicity......Less is more...are parts of my mantra.
Very Nice.

PS: My cousin is buried there. He was a graduate of the First Graduating Class and then flew SAC B-52s.   Posted: 09/04/2021 19:22:05
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes, I remember red filters too.
If I'd known your cousin was there, I would have looked for his name.   Posted: 09/07/2021 07:00:52

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
The deep blue Colorado sky helped you get a black monochrome sky which is effective. You have a lot of detail in the silver roof. It is a nice simple image with some impact. I am not sure about competition, but you should try it. A suggestion is that you made the shadow area under the roof on your monochrome conversion too dark.   Posted: 09/06/2021 14:26:36
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I will try it out. I will have a go at keeping the shadow area slightly lighter and see if I still like it.   Posted: 09/07/2021 07:01:58

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Excellent contrast and black sky. I agree with Tom's good point about the shadow area under the roof.
Since this is a well-known building, I somewhat miss seeing the rest of it in this image, even though it is a fine image as it stands. I don't know what to do with this reaction--you can ignore it. Maybe this image would fit well into a photo story about the building with 4 to 8 images?   Posted: 09/07/2021 15:10:06

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
(Groups 4 & 31)
You know I love shapes in pictures and contrasty mono so only one reaction for me Love it.   Posted: 09/17/2021 16:53:24
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Thanks Ian. Good to hear from you again. I really like contrasty shapes in mono too.   Posted: 09/18/2021 06:06:30


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