Alan Kaplan  

The Other Door by Alan Kaplan

June 2021 - The Other Door

June 2021 - Alan Kaplan


June 2021 - Alan Kaplan

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About the Image(s)

I only have 2 images because sometimes less is more. I tried to add several 3rd images to keep within the guidelines, but they only detracted from intent of the image. Art is about breaking rules anyway. The doorway is from Casablanca, and the man is from India. I shot the doorway with 3 quick bracketed bursts and treated the images in Photomatix, an HDR program. I “amputated” the man’s left leg and attached a new one to fit the scene. The top of the image is not cropped because the shape of the doors is characteristic of the Arab culture. This is a “simple” cut-and-paste with cropping, layer masks, and the Curves Adjustment Layer to taste. No plug-ins are involved, no blending either.

7 comments posted

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Alan, As with Neil's image this month I thought I'd come to the wrong website as this one didn't look like a composite. You did a great job with less is more here. It's nice when you have these skills to be able to tweak an image to improve it without drawing attention to what you've done.   Posted: 06/09/2021 22:21:28

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
To me it looks like a great travel shot. You have done a good job in increasing the sharpness of the originals. But it is not a 'creative ' image from three originals.   Posted: 06/11/2021 12:48:24
Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
I knew the composite was a bit subtle, but I hoped the title would lead one to wonder what mystery lies through "The Other Door." I guess I missed.   Posted: 06/11/2021 16:05:03

Neil Davies-McKay   Neil Davies-McKay
Very nicely done.
The two originals in their own right don't really do much as individual images, but you managed to combine them into something that does. I like the detail brought out on the walls also. If I were pushed to add a third image, adding a darkened interior image behind the man would be what I would play with.   Posted: 06/15/2021 08:21:39
Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
With all due respect, your comments, while supportive, do not address the composite that combines the 2 images you address. Perhaps I missed the mark. As the title suggests, I was hoping that the man leaving his apartment and looking into his neighbor's apartment would create a bit of angst in the viewer. I am more interested in the viewer's reaction to the situation than to the details of a wall. As I mentioned in my reply to Aavo, I guessed I missed.   Posted: 06/15/2021 10:07:16
Neil Davies-McKay   Neil Davies-McKay
I suggest if you want something specific such as the viewers reaction to a situation over the composition itself, then try making that clear in your write up to the image. Otherwise personally I'm only going to comment on the editing & technique. As you said yourself "it's a simple cut & paste job" & while there was not much done to the image I do like the detail you've pulled out the walls. Sorry if that's not enough.

You haven't missed anything but if you're not clear in what you're asking the viewer to ponder or comment on, the viewer will miss it.

As you've since asked. No the image doesn't create fear or anxiety personally, there isn't enough of an angle to the second passage way to make it a main subject for me & in my view a thought provoking or powerful image shouldn't heavily rely on a title to tell it's story.   Posted: 06/15/2021 13:27:18
Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
As I said to you and Aavo, I missed it. Thanks for your added comments.   Posted: 06/15/2021 16:09:05


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