Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA  


Forgotten in Martin County   by Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA

September 2021 - Forgotten in Martin County

September 2021 - Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA

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Well, fellow DD66 members, I'm converting over to a new operating system and still cobbling my software and plugins back together on the new machine. Here's one done with purely PS and a little help from a piece of software I'm exploring...LUMINAR. Any of you had experience with it? I'd enjoy your comments on the software and of course appreciate your critique of the image. I'm a sucker for old, abandoned barns (as you well know by now) and decided to twist and turn this one with an added sunburst, some oil paint textures, and another thing or two! I cropped it rather significantly from the original landscape format. Hope all are well and Covid hasn't played a role in your lives since we all last visited in August.


11 comments posted




Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
You've gone to some trouble in the creation of this image which has its unique qualities. I particularly like the soft effect that you've come up with ... not your usual style though!! Composition spot on. On a minor point I'd like to see some detail in the foreground foliage + a hint of sepia toning.
Glad you're building a new computer. Speaking of Luminar software, I do have this installed (LUMINAR 4). It creates a range to HDR images from which you can choose the one you like > adjust the opacity slider within the image and finally adjust tonal range with the help of sliders R/S. Not only do you have fun playing with sliders, but with practice you can improve the overall effect. Hope this helps!!   Posted: 09/06/2021 23:56:19



Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, it is amazing what can be done with filters and plugins. This image has been transformed into something much more interesting. The sun burst is well-placed, but seems unnatural. The texturized sky also seems unnatural, but if you are going for a version of the painterly effect, it works.   Posted: 09/11/2021 21:40:29
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks Charles...your comments are valuable and appreciated. This month's image was a bit whimsical...playing more than working on fine art.   Posted: 09/13/2021 06:39:48



Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Gary,
No Covid in our family, which is a wonderful thin to say.
You made me work with this one! I really have enjoyed peering through all the foliage to get to the barn. Sunburst adds some drama. Not sure that the painterly effect was needed. Have you looked at it with a square crop? I feel a little tight to me.
When I was having software problems I used luminar almost entirely to convert to black and white. I now really enjoy it for portrait work and find that it does a really good job when using my own skies for replacement.   Posted: 09/12/2021 20:16:05



Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Gary,
No Covid in our family, which is a wonderful thin to say.
You made me work with this one! I really have enjoyed peering through all the foliage to get to the barn. Sunburst adds some drama. Not sure that the painterly effect was needed. Have you looked at it with a square crop? I feel a little tight to me.
When I was having software problems I used luminar almost entirely to convert to black and white. I now really enjoy it for portrait work and find that it does a really good job when using my own skies for replacement.   Posted: 09/12/2021 20:16:05
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks Melanie...appreciate your comments. I agree...and this month's image was more whimsical and experimental than a serious attempt at infrared fine art. I think the volume of leafless tree branches alone disqualify this one from making it into the international exhibition standards!   Posted: 09/13/2021 06:43:40



Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi Gary.
I like the picture, except for the sky. At first, I thought that it was a melon. The texture and the sunrays looked like the bottom of a melon.
As to Luminar, I was very disappointed with it. I got Luminar 4 for the sky replacement and as a possible main application on a third computer that doesn't have Photoshop. I found it to be very slow and with less than perfect brushes for masking. The new sky replacement in Photoshop is far better with great control over the masks. Every version of Luminar is a major rewrite with new bugs and missing functionality. When I got 4, I realized that they removed channel swapping that I needed for IR. You could buy this function independently. With AI they added functionality that is really targeted at beginners (E.g., auto composition). They require an extra payment for each computer after the first one. I didn't get it and am not using Luminar at all. I do have ON1 Photo Raw, which is my main tool on the third computer. I use the effect module as a Photoshop plug-in. ON1 also has excellent camera tethering functionality, which I use in some of my workshops. I use NIK for HDR, effects, and B&W conversion. I also got Affinity Photo, which is very powerful and very cheap. For a while, you could get it for $25 and use it on as many computers as you need. Upgrades are free. Affinity Photo doesn't add any functionality if you use Photoshop. I just needed a good tool on the laptop that doesn't have Photoshop.   Posted: 09/12/2021 21:05:47



Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks Arik...I appreciate the critique and the wonderful information on software. I've used PS for so, so long that I fail to keep abreast of the 'all other' that is out there. Your comments were very helpful. As for my image this month, it was a bit whimsical in nature and sort of a hodge podge...the sunburst doesn't seem to add value in looking at it a second/third time!
Gary   Posted: 09/13/2021 06:38:10



Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks for both the feedback and the information on Luminar, Palli. This image was more whimsical than a serious attempt at a competitive image, but it was fun to just 'play'. The new computer is up and running now, so time to get back to the basics and get out and make some more images! All the best,
Gary   Posted: 09/13/2021 06:45:40



Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Gary, you can be counted upon for always showing something interesting and provocative.

This is an image that I love on first sight, or as a thumbnail, but then less so as I dig down into it, mainly because I'm not a big fan of painterly effect filters, as I've seen so few images be able to pull it off well, more often, as in this case, they detract from an image that can stand on its own.

While I see where Charles' is coming from, for me, the starburst effect works here, actually makes the image for me. It feels like a nativity scene. They also direct me to what seem to be subtle curves in the barn, not straight lines, which is odd, and compelling. The angle of these bending lines is complimented perfectly by the fence rail at the bottom. Also, great job on turning the busy-ness of the twiggy trees into something controlled and interesting.

Unfortunately I can't add anything on software, as I'm also looking for something new, as I still use Aperture, but will lose it with my next computer or system upgrade, so I'm in the same boat in a way I suppose.

Thanks for sharing this Gary.   Posted: 09/13/2021 18:47:55



Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Gary

I thought we had lost you for this month, but you were absent with reason.

I am a fan of old barns as well and we are blessed here in the Midwest to have them in abundance from the past repair state to the state of the art farm. I like your composition choice here. The fence in the foreground, the dilapidated front and the roof substructure showing, along with lots of over growth.

Your processing is interesting and if I had to guess which of us posted this image in a blind test, I would not have picked you based on past posts. I like your approach of adding the Sun burst and following it up with a bright illumination of the barn etc.

Sounds like you are making a heavy tech upgrade to your computer system with new tools to explore, It makes me wonder what Oct will bring to the fore from you.

I use Luminar 4 for sky replacement primarily so await your posts to see what it can do

All the best

Emil   Posted: 09/14/2021 15:34:02



 

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