Julie Deer  

Looking Through the Glass by Julie Deer

September 2021 - Looking Through the Glass

September 2021 - Julie Deer


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I noticed the dirty, broken window and waited for something interesting to come past. I'm not sure that I've processed the image well enough to convey this.

8 comments posted

Don Hill   Don Hill
This is a difficult one. It was a great idea, but I did not see right away if the graffiti was on the glass or the wall behing the truck. I guess the two things I would do If I returned to the area would be to have the glass in really sharp focus and the background out of focus, and use a slower shutter speed to show some motion on the part of the truck. I tried making the original file black and white, but it did not seem to do anything for the image. Again, really cool idea.   Posted: 09/01/2021 22:05:58

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
It's a different type of image. I first flipped the image horizontal, so that you can read the printing on the truck. I then went into Topaz Studio 2, and put the image through Topaz Denoise Ai and Topaz Sharpen Ai. I then selected Brightness- Contrast and selected the image Picture pop., I finished up by adding a small amount of Vibrance and Saturation . You can now see the graffiti is behind the truck on the building wall. This is what I got.   Posted: 09/10/2021 15:38:20
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Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Hey Stuart, I would love to see your image, but it is not showing up. Can you repost?   Posted: 09/14/2021 08:09:34

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Hi Julie,
I agree with everyone, fantastic practice - the Henri Cartier Bresson's Decisive Moment.
I think all the post poduction work you did is great.
The issue I have is to me the truck seemed parked. I could not tell it was moving.
I suggest going back and waiting for people to go by. Or bring a model with you who can walk, skip, jump, throw a ball, blow bubbles, whatever..... you have found an excellent location, your idea of the frame is fantastic, now exploit the resource further!   Posted: 09/14/2021 08:16:57

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Hi Julie,

Sorry about that, the image is now attached.   Posted: 09/15/2021 14:28:13
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Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Stuart, your flip does improve it!I think you also did a little slider work. Now the white "stop line" is more evident, making it clearer the truck is in motion and paused at an intersections.
Still, I think this is a good spot for a decisive moment picture, but we need something going through that doesn't quite fill so much of the frame.   Posted: 09/17/2021 12:14:28

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Julie, I like it! Nice job of sharpening up the image and making it more contrasty. I think you are really stretching your comfort level trying new things. Go for it!

Don, Stewart, and Alison have some good ideas but I think you have a strong starting point.
  Posted: 09/19/2021 15:11:38

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
It's an interesting experimental shot but it doesn't quite cut it for me. I think the "shot through the window concept" is OK but perhaps needs a single subject like someone doing something (wearing bright colours to stand out) rather than a truck. Text always catches the eye and that on the truck is reversed which is a bit confusing. So, good try but well worth a revisit to do better. Sorry to be so negative.   Posted: 09/21/2021 11:07:09


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