Arik Gorban  

Roof and Cloud by Arik Gorban

May 2022 - Roof and Cloud

May 2022 - Arik Gorban


About the Image(s)

When I walk the streets, I look for more than the obvious street scenes. Here, I liked the white cloud over the roof. It’s not about the building or the cloud, but the shapes and tones. My settings were 48mm (72mm eqiv), ISO 200, F9, 1/250 sec. After the initial tonal adjustments, straightening, and cropping in ACR, post processing in Photoshop and NIK Silver Efex Pro included the conversion to B&W, removal of the contrail on the right, and using Levels to adjust the tones. I also applied Topaz DeNoise AI (Standard Model) to remove noise and sharpen. Taken with a converted Nikon D300 with a 720nm filte

14 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Airk
Love the image the way you've captured and presented. Its the starkness of the roof and the building that compliment each other. The passing cloud adds to the depth and drama. Full marks!
  Posted: 05/01/2022 05:05:37
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Palli.
  Posted: 05/02/2022 11:15:22

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Arik - Lovely image from an unlikely subject. I love the stark contrast between house and sky as well as the intersecting lines in the structure. No suggestion.   Posted: 05/01/2022 08:13:40
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Henry.   Posted: 05/02/2022 11:15:45

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Just perfect. Great play of shapes and light. Reminds me of an Edward Hopper scene. I notice with great interest two irregular pieces of siding.   Posted: 05/01/2022 15:07:49
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thanks, Stephen.   Posted: 05/02/2022 11:16:17

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I love the minimalist nature of this, Arik, and enjoy not only the placement of the cloud, but as Stephen points out the siding on the house vs the roof shingles; there's so much to enjoy. My "pet peeve" on images like this, is I wish there a tiny white frame around it, as its difficult to see where it ends on the bottom, also the thumbnail of the original distracts, but this is more of a website issue.   Posted: 05/02/2022 10:35:06
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thanks, Jack. It's funny that whenever I judge competitions or do presentations, I suggest a 2-pixel white border. Yet, I neglected to do it here. Of course, I agree with your comment.   Posted: 05/02/2022 11:22:37

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Arik,

Another piece of monochrome fine art in my book. Beautiful. I may be the only one to notice, and I hope it is not over-analyzing, but I see the contrail just above the roof peak. It caught my eye as a distraction. You removed it to the right of the structure wonderfully, but should it be gone entirely?   Posted: 05/03/2022 09:52:37
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you. It is indeed there. I considered removing it, but decided to avoid the risk of creating artifacts, because it's right on top of the roof. Yes, I can do it the right way, but ended up with what's presented here.   Posted: 05/03/2022 11:25:06

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Arik,
I love aspects of things and this is just right. The broken board adds so much. The tones are lovely. My only quibble is that there is detail under the eve. I wonder if you may have wanted the stark black there?   Posted: 05/08/2022 15:34:35
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thanks. It's hard to see it without a white border, but I cropped out the lighter area in the lower part of the image.   Posted: 05/08/2022 15:53:44

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Look Up - what all good photographers should always do when walking in the woods or in your case the streets.

A simple and effective image. There is texture from the roof shingles, the siding and the clouds. There is shadow created by fallen siding on the side and in the front of the "gable" I like the cropping to remove the lower level of the building. My thought is to open up the dark shadow on your image at the top of the gable like the original - for a little added interest.

I apologize for my late comments

Emil   Posted: 05/16/2022 12:58:32
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Emil.   Posted: 05/18/2022 20:33:03


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