Mary Bull said:
Tim Armes said:Hi Mary,
I see that you're starting to see the light! As Asher pointed out, it's the light in this photo that makes it special, and the hare just adds that extra touch.
It is the sense of starting out on a journey, which I was experiencing when I first viewed the scene. I had come out of a part of the driveway which lay in a great tree's shadow. I was walking toward the sunrise. Although the sun had been above the horizon for almost an hour, the building across the street obscured it, due to the slightly southeast declination of the sun's path.The question is this: what's special about it to you?
I would like to keep and enhance that sense of being wrapped in an unpeopled, Edenic scene. But, as a sort of contrasting balance with reality, I still think I would like to keep the white van in the picture. A sort of universal image of "country in a city setting" being conveyed by that contrast.What would you like to do to this image? Once you know where you want to take it, we'll be able to help you get there.
Lots of different interpretations are very much what I'd like to have. And thanks for having a go at it, Tim.That all said, since you entered this is a challenge you'll no get gets lots of different interpretations posted back that may give you some inspiration. Here's a quick go that I did:
I like it very much. About reproducing your steps, as a learning exercise for myself--something I had in mind when I posted the Challenge--here are the comments I'd like to make:The following was done:
It's a lot to write but quick to do. Total time about 5 mins.
- I used Photoshop's Shadow/Highlight command to bring out the shadow detail and soften the very bright background.
- I straightened the horizon.
- I created a curves layer with a straight curve but with the fusion mode set to "Hard light". I reduced the opacity to about 50%. This increased the constrast and saturated the colours a little. I then masked out the effect of this layer from the trees because they had become too dark.
- I cropped the image because I didn't like the building and because I thought it suited a square format.
- I increased the saturation in the yellow to bring out that lovely light.
- I sharpened for web.
And a good job it is, too, Stuart, from my point of view.StuartRae said:I thought I'd give it a go, and blow me, when I looked again I'd done almost the same as Tim.
All excellent things to do to the image, I think. I liked the slight crop at the bottom of the driveway. One of the things I tried myself, in an effort to emphasize the reddish hue.Straightened and cropped (I took a bit off the bottom as well), used Light Machine to adjust shadows and highlights, white-balanced on the van (warms things up a bit) and a touch of sharpening.
Yes indeed.I wasn't going to post it, but now it's done I may as well.
I don't know how to do that through the forum.Nikolai Sklobovsky said:
Brian, I don't know which part of Nik's post is cracking you up.Brian Lowe said:Nik, you crack me up....
Will do. And from now on I"m leaving anything I like on the CF until I learn to control where XP stores the CRW and the THM.Nikolai Sklobovsky said:Mary,
Anyway... Find the biggest file you have with the same name, zip it and send it to
opf at photosocal dot com
(please replace at with @ and dot with .)
Nick, I have a problem. The CRW file (TIFF, in Light Zone) is 22.1 MB on the hard drive.Nikolai Sklobovsky said:Winrar is fine, too I use winrar myself in most cases...
I only mentioned zip since it's the archiver de facto in windows world.
Files bloat when attached to an email because of encoding to 7 bit. FTP is the way to go, or use sendit.com.Mary Bull said:After WinRar compressed it and attached it to my e-mail message, Comcast refused to send it because the message (with one line of body text only) measured 25.4 MB.
I'm puzzled. I thought that after compression the file should be smaller.
I've just transferred it to w84u at mac.com using yousendit.Nikolai Sklobovsky said:
Mary Bull said:Brian, I don't know which part of Nik's post is cracking you up.
I most certainly did not think anyone would want to sell this image. It's a learning exercise for me to put it here.
And if Nik did want to enhance and sell it, I would say go for it--send me a PM about how the two of us could share the receipts.
Actually, it's like with my amateur poetry. If someone wishes to disseminate it, I'm not going to waste any time in court over copyright issues. Just put my name on it--I am happy, happy to be read--or viewed.
Brian, text is so hard to interpret, with no facial expressions to go along with it.
So, would you like to explain yourself to me, the OP?
I will have to learn how to do that. So far, when I run them through the Canon ZoomBrowserEX, they disappear and a TIFF appears in LightZone.Nikolai Sklobovsky said:Mary,
got it, thanks! 16bit TIFF 22.1 Mb
I think RAW files are much smaller (at least in Canon world they are), so it does make extra sense to keep RAW files
At your leisure, of course. I'll be very interested to see what you make of it. I know that you would never shoot the rabbit with a paint-ball gun, since he is in a private driveway on a city street. < she said with a smile >I'll work on it, time and family permitting
And cheers to you, too!Cheers!
Hi Mary,Mary Bull said:The RAW and THM files remain nowhere on the hard drive, that I can find. So I reason that they stay on the CF unless one has a program which allows one to save them to the HD.
Mary,I will have to learn how to do that. So far, when I run them through the Canon ZoomBrowserEX, they disappear and a TIFF appears in LightZone.
The RAW and THM files remain nowhere on the hard drive, that I can find. So I reason that they stay on the CF unless one has a program which allows one to save them to the HD.
Not really illegally parked. The church parking lot adjoins the little one-block connecting street, with no demarkation between the city right-of-way and the church property. The van belongs to the church.Asher Kelman said:Hi Mary,
Here's my contribution. Suspicious van removed: illegal parking for sure. Telegraph poles, trees. sidewalk, road replaced.
Lovely.Left side of street more shadow. Shadows selected. Curve one copy to bring it out. Another to darken another blurred, mixed to taste.
Enhances the light beautifully.Main picture Curve and desat green.
Beautiful. You have certainly brought out the sense of "the gates of dawn" which is central to the vision and emotion that I wished the image to convey.Merge layers and "Bob's your uncle!"
Thanks a mil for the input, Sean. I'm going to go with the software which Dierk recommended to me.Sean DeMerchant said:Hi Mary,
You should simply be able to browse to the files in Windows Explorer (double click My Computer) and copy/drag and drop them into a folder on your hard drive.
That's what I suspect, also.StuartRae said:Mary,
Long after I stopped using ZoomBrowser to convert RAW files I still used it to download them. (W2K wasn't good with cameras and I didn't have a card reader at the time).
I suspect that the RAW files never were on your hard disk, and that you are converting them direct from the camera by going straight to "Edit | Process RAW Images".
Good advice. And great minds in the same channel.What you need to do is to select "Acquire and Camera Settings", then select "Acquire Images", and in the Camera Window follow the instructions to download and save your images.
Beware of using Windows explorer direct with your camera as it seems to only "see" image files and not RAW files when connected to a recognisable camera.
Your best bet is to buy a card reader (very cheap) and use that with Windows. Much safer as well, since you won't have your camera balanced precariously on your desk at the end of a USB cable.