Jason Kravitz  

Gold Rush by Jason Kravitz

July 2021 - Gold Rush

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Gold Rush
EXIF: Panasonic G9 f/5.6 1/250" ISO 200 100mm

I was out on main street in small town Oklahoma as the sun was getting low and golden in the sky. I liked the contrast of the somewhat run down buildings bathed in this great light. This is SOOC as I am interested to see what others would do to process.

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8 comments posted

Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
Well, what a challenge!
I loved the colours of the building in the waning light. I tried to get some more texture to interest the eye on the building, without great success. Grunge didn't help either.
So, why not mono?
I converted it to B&W and grunged it up a bit with Photoshop Gradient Map, then used NIK Colour Efex Detail - Extractor, then Warp to squish down the sky to keep the clouds. Then I cleaned up some of the distracting items on the top of the buildings.
Not sure I improved the image though.

  Posted: 07/02/2021 05:45:19
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Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Thanks Helen for the edit and detailed description. I'm not too familiar with NIK tools, how does the warp one work and what is the effect you were going for with that part of the process?

The mono is a nice way to see all these old lines and textures. I like how the door in the other building is accented here which gives another visual anchor in the composition.

I also found it interesting how the clouds are all above the light post as if in their own drawn in line or area. I didn't notice that so much in the color version but with your edit it was more obvious. (almost looks a bit fake !)

  Posted: 07/02/2021 10:24:46
Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
Hi Jason.
My rationale for using the warp tool:
Once I converted the image to B&W the top half of the image was overwhelmingly white. If I cropped off the top, I lost the clouds. So, using Photoshop, I chose Edit/Transform/Warp and squished the top cloud part down on itself. I couldn't go any further as I would have distorted the wires and post.
BTW, I didn't adjust the light on that other door.
Looking at the edit in the light of day, I would have cropped a little more off the left-hand side, to disappear that second door! It was late when I did this and I was a bit too tired I think :)   Posted: 07/02/2021 21:55:23

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Monochrome looks good.   Posted: 07/02/2021 11:29:50

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Hi Jason! Fun assignment! I cropped the road a bit, standard LR auto changes, and full Texture and some clarity. Then I used the neutral density filter from the bottom up over building, with just yellow tone. Then yellow tone brush on right side of building to lighten it a bit, and also added yellow tone to the brick building on right with brush. And I brushed some yellow in the clouds, so it wasn't cool sky and warm buildings.

Can't wait to see what your final rendition will be.   Posted: 07/03/2021 21:42:36
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Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Hi Jason, another lovely building which to me works better in colour than in mono. I would be tempted to darken down the building in the background under the arch as it almost merges with the lovely lit building.

What are you trying to say with this image, or is it just a record of what was there? For me it needs something else, maybe some graffiti on the plain right hand wall and crop off more of the left, or maybe a 'down and out' figure walking past.

  Posted: 07/05/2021 05:56:25

Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Hi Jason, interesting shot - agree with the other comments - I think the warm sunset tones are the highlight of this shot, and I would keep this image in color. Like Brenda's adjustments - not sure what else I would add to it from an adjustment perspective, but agree with Terry's observation that something is "missing..." would love to see something else to add some context - ie.. the street heading off into the distance, etc. thx for sharing this!   Posted: 07/06/2021 09:49:08

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Jason, this is a very interesting shot. In my revision I added a few clouds, cloned out the tree branches, fire hydrant and a few other items. Then I cropped some off the top, perhaps too much off the right and then warmed up the sky. This wonderful image could become outstanding if you could add a figure standing in the doorway.   Posted: 07/08/2021 15:59:43
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