Bob Legg  

Down the Road by Bob Legg

June 2022 - Down the Road

June 2022 - Bob Legg


June 2022 - Bob Legg

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About the Image(s)

My submission for this month is “Down The Road”, taken and edited during January and February. I’ve entered the black and white version as 1 of my entries into the 2022 PSA INTERNATIONAL. I should see those results in July. I was torn about whether to submit the original or the original in the form of the abstract, so I’m submitting both. The glass is in my side entry and it gets the southeast sunrise during the winter.

My metadata is ISO 200, 112mm on my 28-300, f8.0, and 1/80 sec. The hint for processing is that it was done in Ps. I will gladly supply help to anyone who is interested.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Bob,
I love this image! It's a wonderful abstract. It would make an excellent cover for a music recording. The image works well as B&W, but I also really enjoy the color version. I look forward to hearing what happens in the competition.
Bunny   Posted: 06/03/2022 16:33:47

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thank you Bunny. It's always great to start the month with positive remarks. I appreciate it.
Bob   Posted: 06/03/2022 19:40:26

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Bob,
I like both B/W and color.
Converging diagonal lines work well and bring my eye to the center of the interesting.
All lines "work" great.
Good luck in the competition.

Bob you will win.


Israel   Posted: 06/04/2022 02:03:16

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Bob, it's really a fantastic abstract. The transition from your original photograph to your final B&W image clearly shows your creative talents. Well done!

I especially like your decision to have a perfectly symmetrical final result. Somehow that just feels right. Nice!

  Posted: 06/04/2022 11:02:37

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thank you Pete. It's a process and the first images didn't work like this so fortunately the door is always available and that is the ideal situation to try and try again   Posted: 06/04/2022 16:30:01

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Bob,

I agree with everyone's comments; you have created an excellent abstract photograph! How long have you had a desire for abstract work?

I also love both the black and white (which is very dynamic) and the color version; I probably will lean more towards the black and white because of its rhythm from the lines, shapes, and patterns. The static colors on the lower half of the color image come across as a distraction to me but not so much in the B&W version (they remind me of a television test pattern back from the 1960s - sorry). I like seeing the vibrant yellow, orange and red larger pieces on the other parts of the color image the best.

I wish you great success in your competition and share the results when they are available.

It is such a joy to be part of such an amazingly talented group!

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 06/07/2022 11:06:31
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks LuAnn for your comments and preferences for the BW. It's been less than 2 years that I consider myself an abstract artist, but when I go back and look at my digital images from 2006 to 2020 and I see that I shot details and closeups that are the foundation for good creatives and abstracts. That 2020 time frame ties in with Covid lockdowns and more importantly joining the Adobe Photo software ie: LrC and Ps. I had been wandering for 6 years or so trying to find a replacement for Apple Aperture and tried Photos, Nik,On1 and Luminar. I wasn't happen with any of them for managing my photos. Luminar did well with editing, but terrible software for managing my photos. Once Luminar declared they were not continuing with image management, I was gone and made a huge effort to learn LrC and imported all my images. I'm still cleaning the database up and deleted over 20,000 images while continuing to shoot and make creative edits. I now have smart collections for creatives and abstracts based on those keywords totaling about 1600 of my 46000. I enjoy making good images totally unique to take them to the next level. Competitions using creative and or abstract editing only have a 50% at best acceptance.
Sorry for the long answer, I just finished lunch after overworking in the yard and garden this morning. Yes, it is very beneficial to be able to get comments and share with a quality group of photographers.   Posted: 06/07/2022 13:42:37

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

The precision with which you created "Down the Road" is what makes the abstract a compelling view, it is perfection.

I am leaning towards the BW version because the lower segment that leads you into the frame looks like a road surface running into the distance and then the high contrast glass abstract surrounding the road has so much interest

I wish you all the best in the competition


Emil   Posted: 06/08/2022 11:27:05

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks Emil. I can't take credit for all the perfection. Composition and cropping yes, but Adobe Ps software deserves credit for making/seeing the Raw file and perfecting the composition. Yes, I can envision "some" of the final composition features but impossible to see compositions that I've never envisioned before, especially with this images' lines and textures that don't exist in most photographs.   Posted: 06/08/2022 20:20:58

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
PSA INTERNATIONAL Annual 22 Exhibition Update. I received my report card back from PSA (4 judgings) and this image and with scores of 21,17,18,16 I did not get an acceptance. That's the way it goes with Abstract art. I will keep on creating. Thanks ALL for your good wishes.
Bob   Posted: 06/28/2022 14:47:19