Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

The Bernice D by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

September 2023 - The Bernice D

September 2023 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


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The Bernice D

This was taken on the grounds of a lighthouse in Michigan, on a recent trip. I liked the texture of the decaying wood. It was taken with my Olympus camera and Olympus 14-150mm lens at 25mm, 1/80th second, f8 and ISO 200. I converted to monochrome with NIK Silver Effects Pro.

11 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Hi Tom,
Yes, good subject. I have a question about separating the rotting boat from the greenery. Which way do you want to go? Your current image has much the same tones for boat and greenery, so they are blended in texture. I tired a different conversion to monochrome ("Newspaper" of all things) to try for some separation. What do you think, and which approach do you intend or prefer?   Posted: 09/03/2023 15:18:33
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Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I prefer Tom's approach: ie, more contrast that shows more detail.   Posted: 09/03/2023 17:24:34

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
If you didn't receive the book, let me know and I'll contact the bookstore.
  Posted: 09/03/2023 17:23:20
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I did receive the book. Thank you, I thought that I had sent you an email.   Posted: 09/03/2023 19:21:44
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Thanks for the reply. email didn't get thru the maze. Thought it was right down your alley. Enjoy.

  Posted: 09/03/2023 19:24:50

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree that you need more separation between foliage and boat. I tried converting to Srgb as it was gamma grey when it arrived here. Then in Ps I increased the contrast by using curves but of course the leaves also stood out more starkly. Since my computer is having a meltdown with both Topaz and Nik at the moment I wasn't able to do much more. Would a small vignette help?   Posted: 09/10/2023 10:14:01

Somdutt Prasad
Hi Tom, I went into black and White and played around with the color channels, to get the foliage darker spilling into the boat and tried to increase the gradation of greys. See if you like it.   Posted: 09/10/2023 11:08:17
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks, that seems a good way to go, darker leaves.   Posted: 09/10/2023 12:10:13

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
My computer finally decided to play ball so I was able to increase the contrast and darken the edges.   Posted: 09/10/2023 14:15:45
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Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I like this contrasty rendition best.
  Posted: 09/14/2023 17:14:26

Candie Autrand   Candie Autrand
What a great boat! I have to agree with Somdutt, darkening the leaves makes your boat stand out from the background. I do like that you didn't show us the whole boat. It makes us look more closely at the ribs and especially the battered nose of the boat (you can tell I'm not a boat person or I'd be using the proper terminology!)   Posted: 09/10/2023 16:02:37


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