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Dry stone diptych, Yorkshire

By BiffoClick
This image is the other side of the road from my place, taken during lockdown. I decided to try a diptych of two images, contrast tweaked and cropped in ON1 2022.

Tags: Yorkshire Dry stone wall Landscape and travel

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dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1937 England
27 Sep 2021 9:54AM
I like the idea, but I have some reservations about how it's worked.

My first thought was that it's both a little bit soft, and lacking contrast: but looking at the histogram, the contrast is actually quite high - and the EXIF suggests everything should be nice and sharp. So there's a mystery...

What did you do in processing? And would it be possible to upload original versions of both pictures without editing, for the team to have a look at.

Compositionally, both images need a little more - something to focus the viewer's attention. The larger frame has the tall plant on the left and the yellow flowers at the bottom, but they aren't enough, and aren't strongly placed in the image.

And it will be worth trying this again - an asymmetric diptych is a brilliant idea!
Hi, Dudler - I've uploaded the originals as requested. Thank you for your help. Ian
When (or if) I do something similar, I'll remove the gap between the images or make the border a narrow black line. Just a thought ! Grin Ian
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1937 England
27 Sep 2021 10:52AM
Thank you for those...

You've obviously done various things to the images - for instance, you've replaced a deep blue sky in the left image with something that's a lot weaker to my mind, though more varied.

The two shots both seem sharper than the composite, and stronger, tonally. I wonder what you did in processing to - in my eyes - reduce the impact.

I'm not sure that a narrow black border would look any better or worse: I think that getting impact from the image is more about the composition and processing.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1937 England
27 Sep 2021 10:56AM
By the way, I'm grateful for your User Award on my picture today. I've tried to send a private message, but you seem to have the system disabled, so I'm saying thank you here!
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2021 2:36PM
Just one quick comment from me. It's a nice idea, but... For a diptych to work, the individual images need to work as individual compositions but combine to create something greater than the sum of the parts. I'm not sure that either is happening here.

The composition on the left is OK, the image on the right cuts off too much of the top stones.

I would regard this as exploratory, and go back for another attempt. Concentrate on getting strong individual compositions, getting lines to fit into rectangular frames satisfyingly. Then see how you can combine them.
chase Plus
16 2.4k 621 England
27 Sep 2021 2:47PM
For me this isn't working that well as a diptych, perhaps switching them may help with the line of the wall leading inwards towards the other wall image, taking the viewer towards the smaller frame.
The colour balance I feel needs to match up too, the one on the left is much cooler than the right one.

I like your idea, perhaps needs a little more experimenting but, trying something new and different is always a challenge, so well done in that respect.
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
27 Sep 2021 3:39PM
I think loss of sharpness and detail might be due to re-sizing the images in post processing.

The original long wall shot, just on its own is far larger than the finished diptych. For best results, its better to upload large files and let the site figure it out for you.

pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2257 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2021 7:35PM
I'm not convinced about your diptych, Ian. It doesn't gel. It may be because I like the image on the right and think the one on the left a bit boring in comparison.

Because I think the left one distracts, I have used your original and done a modification on the right one.
I think you have some nice perspective here, and the yellow flowers boost the scene. But I would like a wider view, perhaps a bit more of the track on the right, and even some of the right bank of that track, as well as a bit more of the background field and trees.

I have added canvas to the top and right, in an attempt to show you what a slightly wider view will look like. We do have a nice dry stone wall, but a bit more context to go with it.
I have taken the wall into the top left corner, which feels comfortable.
I brightened the image and did a small Levels adjustment.

Our eyes can follow the path of the wall, but it finishes sharply and there is nothing at the end. Ideally, a lovely little corttage would await our arrivalSmile.

Just suggestions and ideas, but it's good to see you showing more recent pictures.
This wall has a lot of interesting compositional possibilities.


Thank you all again for your feedback. I'm particularly grateful to pamelajean for her modification - that's how it should look ! Building work has already started on the "lovely little cottage" in the distance. Grin Kindest regards. Ian

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