Arik Gorban  

Path in the Park by Arik Gorban

October 2021 - Path in the Park

October 2021 - Arik Gorban


About the Image(s)

The picture was taken in Duke Island Park, which is a local county park in NJ. I walk my dog there almost daily. My Nikon D300 is converted with a 720nm filter. The curved path under the maple tree is one of my favorite spots there. I shoot it every season. I used 27mm (40mm eqiv), ISO 200, F7.1, 1/200 sec. After the initial tonal adjustments in ACR, post processing in Photoshop included channel swapping, tonal adjustment, adding some soft glow, and cloning out the trash can.

11 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
You have done full justice to the image. Everything has been carefully thought out, and channel swapping has done the trick. I like both the tree trunk and the curved path in sepia which add to the composition. 10/10
  Posted: 10/02/2021 00:07:37
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you. See reply and a different version below.   Posted: 10/03/2021 20:51:54

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Aril, You know this is a lovely scene as you have captured it often. I really appreciate the tones used. The detail on the tree trunk is great. Would you consider removing the bright highlight that is touching the edge on the upper right?   Posted: 10/03/2021 17:34:30
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you. See reply and a different version below.   Posted: 10/03/2021 20:52:14

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Greetings, Arik,

I'm totally captivated by the scene and the composition. I find the partial toning at the bottom and on the pathway to be quite confusing, however. Wonder why you simply didn't go with a complete monochromatic rendering of this superb scene? Also, I'd Content Aware Fill those blown out highlights upper rhs. Lastly, more detail in the leaf structures would add to the impact in my view.   Posted: 10/03/2021 18:34:23
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you. See reply and a different version below.   Posted: 10/03/2021 20:52:37

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Arik, to me this is all about the curve, quite nice!
That said I'd have some minor suggestions.
I agree with Gary's comments about the toning, it should be uniform.
I think bringing out a little more of the blacks in the tree would help, as there's so much tree, with little detail.
And if it were possible a slightly higher perspective would show more of the road.
Finally, why not make the road as black as possible.

Very enjoyable image.   Posted: 10/03/2021 20:31:36
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you. See reply and a different version below.   Posted: 10/03/2021 20:52:54

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you all for your feedback. I agree with the suggestions. There was no selective toning. The warm tones are created by channel swapping and adjusting WB to make the leaves white. The glow effect also made the path warmer. Here is a version without the glow. It shows more details too. It's the original processed image, so it still has the bright area in the top right.
I also created a monochrome version. I do that for all my IR pictures.   Posted: 10/03/2021 20:50:09
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Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Such a dreamy image with a curved path for contrast. Well Seen


  Posted: 10/07/2021 13:17:04

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Arik, like you I can't resist a curved path especially when it disappears into trees and delicate foliage. Excellent skill in the removing the garbage cans. I like the way you softened the image and shifted the color toward a subtle fleshy pink. For me the image has a charming femine quality. Simply beautiful.   Posted: 10/09/2021 21:15:18


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