Gene Eckhardt  


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January 2022 - Untitled

January 2022 - Gene Eckhardt

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Happy New year to You!!

Attempt at capturing the stunning architecture and setting in a night shot. Apple 8 - Std F1.8 28mm (equivalent) lens - ISO 500, 1/17 Shutter. Processing in On1 - crop, tweaks to tone and exposure and Topaz DeNoise. All things considered, very satisfied by the result. Looking forward to comments. I always think my images can be improved.


15 comments posted




Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hi Gene, this is pretty good looking, but won't you please tell us what and where it is, and some story of how you got the shot and your travels to this fascinating location.
I read your bio and noted how happy you were to get rid of the heavy gear and switch to a phone only. I also dumped my heavy gear, but I shoot with both my phone and a Canon G-10 (most recent version is G-16 I think). I chose it because it is a full-function camera, but the lens fully retracts so the camera is flat and can go in my pocket.   Posted: 01/05/2022 23:35:50
Gene Eckhardt   Gene Eckhardt
Welcome Stephen! Thanks for your comments and question. Apologies. I Titled the photo, but it was posted as "Untitled." This is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. It sits on the bank of the Nervion River in Bilbao, Spain. It was the first (1997), and perhaps the most famous, of Frank Gehry's distinctive building style. The interior is also amazing, but difficult to photograph because of the size and space. I am a big fan and visit his work whenever I can on my travels.   Posted: 01/07/2022 16:10:07
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Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
This crop is the best composition! I love it!   Posted: 01/07/2022 17:44:35
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Stephen, If/when there is space, I think you should consider joining our group :-)   Posted: 01/08/2022 09:08:04
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Thanks so much, Belinda, for the invitation. I am content for now to stay with my one Monochrome Group 32. I don't shoot enough to participate in a second group, and I actually find my greatest interests in photography to be history and criticism. So I visit all the groups and comment where something strikes my interest. I will pop up again for sure.   Posted: 01/08/2022 16:48:05



Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Happy New Year, Gene! This is a very impressive piece of architecture. I like the entire composition. There is alot to see of interest in the scene. Night shots take a steady hand, and you were successful! Your edits are fine, especially the closer crop to bring the building to the main focus. Nice image!   Posted: 01/06/2022 17:20:36
Gene Eckhardt   Gene Eckhardt
Thank you. Cheated with a pocket tripod set on a bridge railing. Worked out well. See response to Stephen.   Posted: 01/07/2022 16:12:46
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
I don't see that as cheating :-) As I get older I am seeing the need!   Posted: 01/08/2022 09:02:02



Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Happy New Year, Gene!
The architecture of the building is interesting! I am impressed that you were able to capture a sharp image at night time using mobile phone. The suspension bridge on the left, the white tower next to it, the structure of the building in the middle, and the water reflection all work well together. The two people and their dog adds a sense of the scale to the vast scene.
I'd prefer to crop tighter to eliminate the bright light tower that could be a bit distracting. I'd appreciate if you could provide more info on the location of your image.   Posted: 01/06/2022 23:38:32
Gene Eckhardt   Gene Eckhardt
Thanks. See response to Stephen. I like it!!   Posted: 01/07/2022 16:11:09



Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Technically this is very well done, Gene. I am surprised to see a phone taken night shot that holds up this well. But I do think, to fully enjoy the scene, I need a little background info such as Stephen has suggested.   Posted: 01/07/2022 11:55:25
Gene Eckhardt   Gene Eckhardt
I have managed quite a few nice images in low light - both natural and interior (cathedrals, castles, museums, etc.). Prefer pocket tripod (about 7 inches) but also very nice handheld. See response to Stephen.   Posted: 01/07/2022 16:30:09



Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Howdy, Gene! A very interesting place; and thanks to Stephen for asking the question that we all had. This is a good night shot. Would like to see more of the area in other images.   Posted: 01/08/2022 11:10:02



Bob Shor   Bob Shor
Gene- I really like the angled perspective you chose and the phone handled the exposure pretty well (I wasn't surprised you needed topaz denoise because the quality does degrade in the phones in low light- as do most cameras). I do like what you included in the frame, but was wondering if you had tried shooting from a different angle to isolate the building or taken an aspect of the structure? I definitely like the cropped version without the distracting bright lights in the foreground.   Posted: 01/12/2022 13:06:00
Gene Eckhardt   Gene Eckhardt
Thanks Bob. We were in town for a week and our hotel was about a 10 minute walk. We visited / passed often. I've got way too many photos - angles, time of day, weather, both sides of the river .... Have not really sorted things out. Like this image, so posting provided an opportunity to clean it up. Shot image in RAW (DNG) using the ProCamera APP. Gives most options on regular camera - shutter speed, ISO, EV, WB, etc. Of course aperture is fixed.   Posted: 01/12/2022 18:51:48



 

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