Emil Davidzuk  

Jewel Box  by Emil Davidzuk

September 2023 - Jewel Box

September 2023 - Emil Davidzuk


About the Image(s)

I probably have posted a version of this structure located in Forest Park St Louis previously but what has changed is the fact I am purposely working with low key processing and like the look. It only took several years to go there.
Workflow: I used PS Beta generative fill to remove small clusters of water plants from the foreground area and the partial tree on the right, rendered the image in
BW using Silver Efex low key preset 1, added reduced opacity detail extractor to the building and water lily cluster and then with the LR adjustment brush I lightened the mid ground foliage.
Camera: 720nm Canon 7D, 24-105mm Canon f4 L lens at 28mm, 1/800 sec at f4, ISO 200, 0 EV

13 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Emil,

Congrats on using PS Beta! I haven't tried it yet but should. It helped your composition very much. This image has a somber and appropriate mood to my eye. You've taken the time to create that with Silver Efex and other tweeks. Look at the building and the darker water...I see a few white spots that you could easily remove as distractions.   Posted: 09/01/2023 07:47:24
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Thanks for your comments. I will clean up the building and water spots


Emil   Posted: 09/05/2023 13:59:26

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Very nicely done. You pulled out beautiful details in the windows and the lower section of the building. The symmetry is nice too.   Posted: 09/02/2023 13:18:59
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Thank you Arik   Posted: 09/05/2023 13:59:45

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
I love this image and your processing approach. Low key is just right here. My only suggestion is to touch up the bit of fringing in the upper left and top of the building. My technique for this is to use the clone stamp tool in Photoshop, set brush opacity to 80% and brush blend mode to darken. I make the brush very small and sample just along the edge of the fringing. It works pretty well in situations like this. Here's my version.
  Posted: 09/03/2023 15:34:24
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Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I used a variation of the technique you noted in your comments to remove the fringes, the ones you noted I could not get the clone stamp to fix. I will try your idea now.


Emil   Posted: 09/05/2023 14:02:01

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I also like the dark sober mood to this, Emil, and the symmetry. Good job on achieving your goal through post processing. The beautiful sky is a bonus.   Posted: 09/03/2023 19:07:14
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Thanks Jack   Posted: 09/05/2023 14:02:19

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Emil, Your final result is stunning. I'm so taken with the reflections and details in the window. It really looks like a jewel. It seems that AI is here to stay and we will have to embrace it to keep up. Frankly it scares me, but as I look at how you used it, it makes perfect sense. Well done!   Posted: 09/04/2023 09:38:12
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

AI scares me as well. I limit my use to generative fill to remove unwanted features in my images.


Emil   Posted: 09/05/2023 14:03:37

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Emil
It has certainly achieved in what you set out to achieve. What a difference it has made to the entire setting. I immensely like the end result. 10/10   Posted: 09/05/2023 01:42:20
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Thanks Palli   Posted: 09/05/2023 14:03:52

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Emil. how you brought life to this image by increasing the highlights in the foliage and other foreground subjects is masterful. The sky in the original is flat and dull, again, you breathed life into it by increasing contrast. I agree with Melanie, this image looks like a jewel.   Posted: 09/08/2023 15:31:20


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