Tryg Helander  


Cloud Racing by Tryg Helander

June 2022 - Cloud Racing

About the Image(s)

Nikon D850 Sigma Art 12-24 f/2.8 - long shutter on tripod

This is a view of Brisbane CBD from Southbank. The image has been processed as a duo tone, with some transform in post, for the inevitable keystoning correction requirement. There are some unfortunate hot spots in this view, but this is a fairly new genre to me…I was trained as a studio portrait photographer in a tertiary environment. Other than the aforementioned corrections and conversions, nothing much has been done to this image in post-production. I rarely go beyond simple Lightroom-based correction. I appreciate any assistance in Scapes genre.


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6 comments posted




Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
First welcome to the group, glad to have you her.e. This is a fine image to use as your introduction. This is something I rarely see---the idea of duotone. It was quite popular some years ago but is seldom used today. One thing I always look for in images is someone attempting that appears original---this does exactly that. Your choice of the two does I feel is excellent because the blue and yellow are complimentary colors and create a pleasing look. I would like to know just how long your shutter was open to get that movement in the clouds. I think it adds a great deal to the overall impact of the image.

You mention the hot spots in the image and I agree that those two burned areas detract from the image appeal. Since you clearly shot this on a tripod why not shoot this as multiple exposures? The hots spots are on the bridge area so taking a second exposure designed to properly expose the bridge and then combine them in Photoshop would be a simple solution. After combining the two images then apply the duotone. You certainly have the Photoshop skills to manage this.

I feel your composition works well with the dark building in the center. The lighter buildings act well as a frame to bring the eye to the center. Here the contrasts you have built into the scene work quite well. I also like the columns of light in the water, they work as a nice compliment to the blurred clouds at the top of the image. Additionally the horizontal blurred water lines in the center of the image mirror the movement of the clouds.

I think you have a really strong and interesting image.   Posted: 06/02/2022 14:09:33
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I really like the tall building on the left with the black curved lines on the side. It is a rather unusual look for a building. So I'm wondering if a composition could be build using that building as a center piece. Just a thought.   Posted: 06/02/2022 14:13:57



Michael Jack   Michael Jack
I think Larry nailed everything about the image I would say - use of complementary color, long exposure, multiple exposures blended, etc. Nice work on the perspective too. Also, welcome to the group. My only other suggestion is, if possible, I would like to see some space to the right of the building on the right to balance the space left of the building on the left. Maybe that was not possible.

  Posted: 06/04/2022 17:49:47



Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Since Larry has given a very comprehensive comment, I shall not repeat him, just say that I support his comments. In addition, I think cropping out the building on the right side would give a better balance in the composition. You don't say anything about the camera settings, but an even longer exposure time would have given more even clouds and smoother water. This is, however, a matter of taste.   Posted: 06/12/2022 08:22:40



Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Welcome to the group! I never edited in duotones but I like the effect you created with the warm and cool tones. It works nicely with this cityscape. The dynamic flowing clouds and the soft water against the sharp buildings makes the image pop. I also agree with Larry's comments about the hot spots and Michael's comments about space on the right side to balance with the left. Very nice image.   Posted: 06/12/2022 13:47:13



Richard White   Richard White
Tryg, welcome to the group. After reviewing your bio I'm sure we can learn a lot from you. I have never tried duotones and is something I need to look into. I'll only say what the other members have said,"Nice Work and again WELOME.   Posted: 06/13/2022 18:05:46