Chris Prior  

Aveiro Gondolier by Chris Prior

September 2023 - Aveiro Gondolier

About the Image(s)

Canon 6D with Canon EF24-70 f4 lens @ 38mm 1/320s f8 ISO400 and Shot on an overcast murky day at Aveiro in Portugal. The Gondolier was most obliging so I made it all about him with inclusion of some of the surroundings to give some context to locality.

Converted Raw file (increased contrast and opened up shadows) then to mono by creating a new fill adjustment layer and selecting SOLID COLOR (black) and COLOR blending mode on 100% opacity thereafter made some levels & curves adjustment to get better shadow detail. Cropped both sides & top to get rid of uninteresting sky, some distracting signs and cranes.

5 comments posted

John Roach   John Roach
Chris, I like the image with the composition and leading lines and the interesting subject. My only suggestion is the subject (the gondolier)is perhaps a little to dark or the background is to bright white and my eyes feel uncomfortable focusing on the subject.   Posted: 09/14/2023 14:59:00

Chris Prior   Chris Prior
thanks John, I totally agree: had always thought that so glad you raised it.   Posted: 09/16/2023 21:10:47

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The image draws me into the scene. The snow on the channel bank and the gondolier's clothing say, the weather is cold. On top of that the boat, which has the capacity of carrying many people, is empty save for the lone gondolier. That and the overcast light suggests that he is just starting his day. It's a detailed story in a nicely composed image.

  Posted: 09/21/2023 13:39:15

Don York   Don York
The white wall is very bright. I might try to selectively tone it down as my eyes are drawn to it and white building. A dark vignette may help..   Posted: 09/22/2023 11:33:38

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
An interesting study in the statement often made that the eye is drawn to the light tones in an image. My guess is that none of us were drawn to the snow covered and much lighter background. Personally, I think contast draws us more. Speaking of that, I like this image with the contrasting light curved lines drawing us to the Gondolier, although I think of a gondolier with a pole in a much smaller boat. I would like to see more contrast between him and what is behind him. He is the main picture element and gets a little lost. I suggest lightening his face some and getting the tone of his jacket to contrast with the bow of the boat.   Posted: 09/22/2023 12:05:26


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