Vincent Cochain, EPSA  

Stairs by Vincent Cochain, EPSA

September 2023 - Stairs

September 2023 - Vincent Cochain, EPSA


About the Image(s)

Technical: 1/100, f/13, ISO 5000 at 12 mm (FF)

I heard there is in our town a new building with beautiful stairs. I went there and ask to take pictures. What you see are the stairs to go up.
I took some pictures. I tried to be aligned with the angles and corners.

Treatment only in LR. Decrease the highlight (-100) and the shadow. Increase the texture (+25) and the dehaze (+46). Conversion in B&W in LR (Blue: +100, to highlight some wall).

11 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Happy Friday, Vincent!

Wow! One of the best "architectural abstracts" I have seen in some time! The tonal Gamut is outstanding and allows the viewer to feel or sense Depth ... the orientation of the image very much helps in this regard.

Question: is this composition as seen through the viewfinder or did you need to crop a little; also, did you use a tripod?

Lance A. Lewin
PSA Global B&W Photography Mentor
PSA South Atlantic Area Membership Director
  Posted: 09/01/2023 13:57:32
Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Hello Lance and thank you for your comment.
It was hand held (5000 ISO to have enough speed) and I tried to have the camera horizontal. I need a little crop (difference between original ans picture).   Posted: 09/15/2023 10:32:00

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
The shapes and tones here are outstanding. The major V shape works as a frame for the rest of the image and starts the feeling of depth. The inner portion with multiple shapes, light and tones pulls the viewer in and holds them. Each element tends to have its own tone lending to more depth. Because there is little color to work with anyway, conversion to B&W is a great choice. Good one Vincent.   Posted: 09/02/2023 11:17:24
Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Thanks David for the analysis of the different parts and comments.
  Posted: 09/15/2023 10:33:21

Kathryn Delany
Vincent this is a really good example of abstract architectural photography. well composed and thought out. The tonal range is superb and the image itself makes the viewer stop and look again and study it. Excellent job.   Posted: 09/06/2023 16:56:20
Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Indeed Kathryn, when I read the comments, I also look again and study the picture... The comments help ...   Posted: 09/15/2023 10:36:39

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
Wow this is special, what a find and so well handled and taken, the shapes and patterns you have in here are just magic and it would have been so easy to get this wrong but you nailed it. Even that light thing sticking out feels right. Fantastic.   Posted: 09/14/2023 05:57:14
Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Thanks Paul. Indeed the light was not easy.
  Posted: 09/15/2023 10:35:27

Fran Yates   Fran Yates
Everyone has already said how wonderful this is. The tones. composition, and feeling of depth are spot on. Well done!
  Posted: 09/14/2023 13:31:54
Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
I was even surprised of all these comments...   Posted: 09/15/2023 10:34:12

Ken Wilkes   Ken Wilkes
In my opinion the lines and shapes in this image make for an excellent b&w. Love the range of tones. Well done!   Posted: 09/16/2023 10:18:55


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