Re: A Toast to Greece: Results

Thomas Hurd,MD


One of the great things about this group and these exercises in particular is learning the principles of what is right. I know you talk in your books about what is a matter of taste and what is right or wrong. (Based on your own experience and many polls)
By the end of this stage of review, with your general comments on principles as applied to this week’s image, I have a better idea of what I was supposed to be looking for. 

And, many people have shared how they achieved their ends.

I seem to have missed a key ingredient (or more) in each of the images this summer. But the general guidelines and the critiques are fabulous. (We non-professionals just suck up compliments from our friends). 

Every week I also redo my personal workflow and write out my guidelines.
But guidelines are technique, and there is more than that to put it all together, like the five parameters you mentioned. I think I can see the ones I missed. 

And the spotlight did help my image.
Earlier in this workflow I had placed a spotlight, but wider, across part of the left table as well. But I think I readjusted the effect out later when I tried to put my final curve on.

 Even though the Colosseum and the Greek toast were both at night, with evening light, this picture did not hold the same luminosity range as the one in Rome. Or maybe I did not get the right places for the highlight and shadow. Putting the spotlight at 15% on my 915 did help the image. 

I’m looking forward to trying some of the other particulars you mentioned, such as keeping the candles significant. But only after I get the first five priorities in line.

Tom Hurd

On Jul 15, 2020, at 8:57 PM, jwlimages via <jwlimages@...> wrote:

On Wed, Jul 15, 2020 at 11:34 AM, Dan Margulis wrote:
Nevertheless, spotlighting the head table is a sensible thing to do. It’s all a matter of degree. What happens if we blend this over-the-top version into yours at, say, 15% opacity?
Hmm, yes of course. With mine (#930) it's very subtle, but positive nonetheless. Thank you for yet another reminder about using blending in a clever way I would not have found on my own...

John Lund

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