Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA  

Stringed Rocks by Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA

July 2021 - Stringed Rocks

July 2021 - Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Image shot in the grounds of McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. Camera used was my IR converted 40D Canon.
Workflow: Converted RAW file into B&W using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro. Then used Detail Extractor preset from Color Efex Pro 4. Adjusted contrast in PS using Curves. Took the image back into LR and applied adjustment brush on highlights and shadows. The idea was to bring out as much detail as possible in the pieces of strings, without letting them merge into the background. Finally added vignette in LR + sepia tone.

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

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi Palli. What a unique subject and interesting image. You surely made the image your own art. Bringing out the details was important. The warm toning works too. Well done.   Posted: 07/04/2021 09:02:18

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thank you, Arik.   Posted: 07/04/2021 20:21:43

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Palli. This is a compelling image. I cant stop following all the lines. You have done really well to fade out the background trees and enhance all the threads. Nicely processed.   Posted: 07/05/2021 13:39:50

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

An amazing find and I am sure it would ne impressive to see in person. Your digital darkroom work here gets Top Marks in my view. You have controlled a busy scene quite nicely. To keep all the strings distinct so your eye goes up and down to the right and then to the left up and back.

Sit back and enjoy your accomplishment

Emil   Posted: 07/05/2021 14:01:41

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Palli, of your strongest images imho. I really enjoy this scene and feel the impact of those taunt strings. Your post work is superb. Just for fun...totally for fun...I added more vignette to the edges all 'round...then in Color Efex, added a gold reflector coming out of the top right corner of the frame. My concept was the setting sun...using the strings to sort of simulate light rays! And...I haven't had any alcoholic beverages to drink. Here it is...NOT a suggested improvement, rather just another concept. Well done, Palli!   Posted: 07/05/2021 15:02:31
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
When I first saw this, Palli, I thought "must be a photoshop filter" so I was glad to read it was a real scene, very compelling, and I think well suited to black and white, as in color the tree and shrubbery may have rendered it too busy. I keep coming back to the stones and their being just lifted off the ground, this adds a bit of tension to the image.   Posted: 07/05/2021 16:28:46

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Melanie, Emil, Gary & Jack
Thank you all for your valuable comments which are most helpful.
Gary, thank you so much for doing your version, which I like. I've often said ... there's so much to be learnt from each other and your approach is something to be admired.   Posted: 07/07/2021 00:12:25

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Palli, what you did to bring out the string is masterful. For my eye the rays of string is the subject of this intriguing image. I like Gary's suggestion. It is an additional way to focus attention on the string rays.   Posted: 07/09/2021 15:14:05
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks for the comments, Charles   Posted: 07/09/2021 21:14:27