Frans Gunterus, QPSA  

Unique Reflection – Las Vegas by Frans Gunterus, QPSA

September 2021 - Unique Reflection – Las Vegas

September 2021 - Frans Gunterus, QPSA


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Unique Reflection “ Las Vegas

Canon 6D Mark II, Lens 24-105 mm L IS USM @ 28 mm, ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/9, hand held.

This building was right in front of the Hotel where I stay in Las Vegas this year May 2021. What is unique, the building looked entirely different in the morning, day and evening. I took this shot at around 9:50 AM.

Unfortunately, the RAW image (straight out of camera) did not look as I wanted. I want glowing reflection on the building glass. I know the simplest way is to make it HDR. But, I know most PSA judges (especially for Travel Category) did not like HDR. This was a big challenge to me. I have to apply HDR only to the glowing parts but not to the rest of the image. The suitable technique for this purpose is Luminosity Mask.

Two years ago, I purchased Luminosity Mask application - Lumenzia by Greg Benz. I skeptically used them. It only makes my learning curves more complex and troublesome. I just realized that Greg actually provide excellent tools and short cuts two months ago. For the sake of his marketing, of course, he cannot say that the application is not suitable for novice. It took me two years to appreciate this tools. This is a good tool but I do not recommend for PS novices.

I do not get award for this image but managed to get it Accepted in recent PSA International Competition 2021.

10 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hello Frans, quite a shot, and interesting to learn about how much the light varied what you saw. Congrats on your acceptance.
I am a perspective freak; so in this image you have the fairly unique situation of looking down on a vertical perspective situation. And correctly, the parallel vertical lines converge downward, as in your original. This is correct perspective, both what your eye and the camera see. I suggest leaving that alone, and not altering the perspective. In your original, I even strengthened it on the left to balance the right. But this is just my personal view of the matter (reasons stated).   Posted: 09/06/2021 22:50:11
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Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Stephen. Thank you so much for your nice comments. To be real honest, you right, the original image is really what I saw there. If you look closely, I only adjust the perspective partially but not the complete straight lines of the building. My PSA mentor criticized for not making it completely vertical.

I like to test my own images by attending some photo salons. However, I became a bit puzzled lately. I saw how a Gold Medal image in one particular circuit was trashed out not even accepted in the other circuit. It's all too objectives.

I heard what you are trying to say Steve. Be yourself Frans!

  Posted: 09/13/2021 01:46:17
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Yes, your PSA mentor represents the most popular point of view about building perspectives. Architectural photographers will universally make the verticals exactly parallel. For the rest of us, it's a matter of taste or expression. In a case like yours, the image will look good either way.
But if you are shooting a tall building (usually from the ground) with the intention to show it soaring upwards, leaving the perspective as seen works better. See this month the image by Sharon Moir in Group 01. If she had tried to make the verticals parallel, it would have ruined her image.   Posted: 09/13/2021 07:38:25
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Yes, I have seen Sharon image. I am in full agreement with you. Thanks Steve.   Posted: 09/13/2021 08:07:24

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Beautifully done. These 3 buildings are now very clean!
An interesting point brought forward by Stephen: Although I like to get the perspective right, I am not sure which version I like the most. (Next time you stay at that hotel, you need a room that faces the mid-area of that set of buildings... although... you might not get the same mirror effect!).
Nicely done, as usual.   Posted: 09/12/2021 18:23:19
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Thanks Pierre.   Posted: 09/13/2021 01:46:48

Kathryn Engle
Architecturally, both perspective versions seem ok to me. I like how you used luminosity masks to just get the areas you need to work on. I use them a lot but use the TK panel version. It is a good tool in our PS toolbox. Great photo.   Posted: 09/20/2021 17:46:46
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Kathy, thanks for your comments. Greg Benz simplified the tools in his Lumenzia. It's much more user friendly. In addition color eye dropper, Lumenzia provides wide and narrow zone picker. It also provides Precision Slider and Value Slider. Which is far more practical to me.   Posted: 09/21/2021 00:28:25

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
It almost appears as though we are looking through the darker framework of the skyscraper in to see the lighted features inside the building - whereas I am guessing that the "lights" are actually just those panes in rooms with the lights turned on. Either way it is a visual treat!   Posted: 09/20/2021 18:26:45
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Thanks Lamar.   Posted: 09/21/2021 00:28:53


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