Helen Warnod  

Melbourne Diversity by Helen Warnod

June 2021 - Melbourne Diversity

June 2021 - Helen Warnod


About the Image(s)

Gear: Canon 6D Mark II, 24-70mm 1:2.8
Settings: f/3.2, 1/800, ISO-50, Aperture priority, Auto White Balance
Taken: 19 May 2021

I have recently been out trying my hand at Street Photography. As trips away have been off the agenda, I decided to treat myself to a street shooter’s lens. I am not much of an architectural or landscape photographer but returning to the car as the late Autumn light was waning, I snapped this street view. I thought this was a fairly ordinary shot, butI liked the concept of the old and the new.

Firstly, I straightened the buildings in Photoshop, using “Filter, Lens correction, Custom” and played with the Vertical and Horizontal perspective. Then I tried some processing in Lightroom with no great joy. Then I tried with Photoshop and played with Luminar and Topaz filters … still no real joy.

In the end, I stuck to Photoshop and used the good ol’ NIK Color Efex Pro 4. Very light use of Detail Extractor, a tad of Saturation and a little Contrast to help bring up some clouds in the sky. Then I cropped the road in front and the cars from each side. I took a little more crop off the left-hand side to remove the chimney and cropped off the right-hand side a little to remove the tree. I thought to crop more off the left-hand side to the point on the slanted roofline, but I thought that appeared to squish the image.

Comments for improvement are very welcome.

7 comments posted

Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Nice shot Helen - I really like the juxtaposition of the older foreground and the cityscape in the back. Depending how aggressive you wanted to be with cleanup (and how skilled you are with PS), might try to get rid of the shadows creeping in on the left side foreground, and maybe even the street sign on the front right.   Posted: 06/05/2021 17:06:37

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Lovely pic, Helen. Good on you to try a new genre! I agree with Mitch about the sign on the right. It seems a bit hot, but maybe that's my computer display. It's a great old/new topic!

  Posted: 06/05/2021 20:22:05

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like everything you've done in creating your image - a wonderful improvement from the original. I especially like the contrast of the apartments with the skyscrapers. My minor suggestion is to consider removing some of the smaller buildings (leaving only the larger skyscrapers) as I feel the smaller buildings are somewhat distracting from the overall feeling - please see my suggested revision. revision.   Posted: 06/08/2021 15:06:10
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Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Very good travel photo, liked it. Very well processed.   Posted: 06/10/2021 15:47:45

Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
I do like this old and new contrast Helen. I like your crop as well which brings us right to the textures shapes of the contrasting buildings.

Though looking at your original, I found that for a "street photography" photo, the actual street has a unique element in it with the "Keep Clear" marking.

Perhaps you can do an alternate vertical edit that incorporates the street and markings as well, but also keeps the core of the other elements like the tree, old building, new buildings.   Posted: 06/15/2021 18:32:43
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Love this idea, Jason! Cool words!
  Posted: 06/15/2021 18:48:27

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Lovely shot well processed, reminds me of my trip to China with the tower blocks behind the old city views.

I think Jim's suggestion of removing the smaller buildings to emphasise the taller ones works well, and Mitch's suggestion to remove the sign, but don't agree with Jason's crop, I love the feeling of size that the landscape presentation suggests.

One minor point, if you decide to use this in competition, its more of a 'cityscape' than 'street' as street photography usually depict people in their environment.
  Posted: 06/18/2021 12:16:25


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