Arne Skinlo  

Framed Glass by Arne Skinlo

July 2021 - Framed Glass

July 2021 - Arne Skinlo


About the Image(s)

Taking long exposure architectural pictures can sometimes create special situations, like this one. I was out capturing these buildings specifically. Unfortunately, the sun came up just as I was ready, so the shoot was ruined. The next day was cloudy, so I got the shoot as I wanted. It takes time to rig up everything with tripod, ND filter, protective cover over the lens etc. and the exposure is 4 minutes. A man came up to me and asked about what I was doing. He had seen me the day before also taking picture of a wall, so he would like to know if I was OK. After that a guy with a big camera passed by, apparently out capturing something. He looked at the wall in the direction of the camera, shook his head and went on. By the way, the picture is curated by Less than 1% of the pictures are accepted.

Camera: Canon 5D mark 4 with 24 mm TS lens
Settings: ISO: 100, f/16, 4 minutes exposure
ND 15 filter

8 comments posted

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Arne,

Thank you for sharing.
Wow! This is an art. Producing this BW image from the original is an art, I think. It looks like the buildings are facing against the sun rise or sun set. The brightness value are very varied from each frame, each window, and the shadows but still looks natural. Even the sky - it reminds me of sunset clouds. This is super impressive that you can produce this from the original, which is dull image.
Only the point I noted was the reflection on the glasses - I cannot recall well - if the glass is facing to the light source, will the glass has a reflection still? That's I need to study myself.
But well done on the BW conversion!
  Posted: 07/07/2021 02:33:03
Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Thank you for your nice comments. Regarding the reflections; I take the artistic liberty to make them where I feel they serve a purpose for the composition. In this case I wanted the highest contrast and focal point on the nearest window.   Posted: 07/07/2021 06:23:39
Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you, Arne, for the explanation. Understood your intention well now.   Posted: 07/07/2021 08:52:11

Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
My frist impression was that this is something I would see on the weekly top 10 list from Your careful introduction of luminosity is a fine accomplishment. Particularly creative and, to me, effective, is the glare on the upper right of the first window. The dodging of the front-facing surfaces is also effective in making the image intriguing. I very much enjoyed the story of your original capture. You are inviting us (at least me) to up our game a bit. :)   Posted: 07/08/2021 11:21:16

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
If you're a long-expo photographer, you always have interesting stories especially at night. We were analog photographers 20 years ago and must also have editing skills today. You're optimizing both and deserve applause for 1x success, congrats. This's a magnificent bulb shot & edit. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 07/10/2021 03:44:46

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
A perfect example of the harder you work, the luckier you get.

This is a well seen and well captured image. The composition is strong and the image is unique-the originality and genius of using the long exposure along with the conversion to B/W are all excellent choices.

  Posted: 07/10/2021 17:21:13

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Congratulations on the acceptance.
I feel inadequate to comment on this image as 1) I would not have seen it as candidate for conversion to monochrome and 2) i would not have known how to process the image to come close to the results you have attained. I'm curious about the amount of time you expended to arrive at the image you've shared with us?   Posted: 07/20/2021 09:51:45
Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Thank you for your comment, Bill. This is slow photography, indeed. I think I used about 5 hours on the post-processing and I did it over several days and redid it several times. It consists of about ten areas (masks) that are treated separately.   Posted: 07/20/2021 10:57:04


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