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By AnnChown  
I don't know what you think, but I think that my Cuban images lacked a bit of grittiness, so with the idea of seeing whether a bit of grittiness would improve them, I'm trialling Topaz Adjust. It seemed that yesterday's image worked, but the processing was quite subtle. Today, I may have gone over the top - so I've uploaded three versions:
v1: the mildest Topaz treatment
v2: the original processed in Lightroom
v3: probably WAY OTT - but I quite like it. Tongue
My favourite is v1 and I'd be interested - if you have the time and energy - to learn what you think.
Thanks for your time and for looking!
ISO 100
1/40 sec
Focal length 63mm

Tags: Transport Cuba Havana Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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NaturesHaven 9 283 6 England
8 Jun 2012 10:07AM
Gritty..........and nice.......WinkWink
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 10:07AM
Morning neighbour, and what a great shot Ann
going for V1 really well processed
really liking these in the series from Cuba
stuart1963 9 272 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 10:07AM
I too like V3Grin
SlowSong Plus
12 9.6k 30 England
8 Jun 2012 10:20AM
V2 for me. Some places just don't need added processing. Not that I don't like it, but I just prefer the original.
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 10:24AM
Excellent shot and version 1 for me.

RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
8 Jun 2012 10:32AM
I like V 1 best, followed by V 3, Ann: V 2 does nothing for me as so much detail seems to have been lost, especially so since you were looking for a bit of grittiness. Interesting that Chris says "V 2 for me".
The composition itself is great, the old man sitting alongside but just a wee bit away from the car and his apparent dejection and seems to echo the state of the old car.
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 10:40AM
Wonderful image Ann, for me it has to be V1.

jdinne 17 16 England
8 Jun 2012 10:57AM
Great composition Ann, I rather think for me V3 tips the balance.

saeidNL 11 3 Netherlands
8 Jun 2012 11:03AM
Fantastic and great works indeed,V1 is my favorite ,very well done,
Metro6R4 10 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 11:27AM
Hi I have used topaz for years now & I can say V1 is the best image processed used IMO......... regards Paul.
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
8 Jun 2012 11:38AM
I really like is very versatile once you get the hang of it.
I like v1, but I think v3 represents the emotion and flavor of the situation better.
I think you will enjoy using that program. Did you get version 5?
marktc 10 101 15 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 11:43AM
I'm afraid I just like them all Ann, each has it's own merits and each is equally as appealing. Very well done indeed
woolybill1 Plus
14 37 77 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 12:00PM
First: the composition is superb, the left-right imbalance being for me the whole point (and matched by the lopsided appeal of the old car itself Smile).
Second: all three versions work for me, each in its own way. V3 is OTT, as you say, but not unacceptably so: it has instant impact, suitable for a poster perhaps, though I'm not altogether that it makes an entirely positive impression. V1 relieves the dark shadow beneath the car's bonnet and adds definition to the radiator and the walls in the background. Like a good dose of USM without added artefacts!
No particular objections to V2, I must say, though V1 is my favourite. The subject is after all reasonably gritty to start with Smile
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 12:04PM
v1 for me, if its grain you are looking for, though v2 works fine for me anyway SmileSmile
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
8 Jun 2012 12:44PM
I like how you have used and subtle--ized the highlights in v3---

But, it is my feeling that it is your image, yours to present---

and this business with the monitors is troubling me---what i see may not be what you see---------- etc.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 12:57PM
The composition is brilliant - it balances. There seems to be an uneasy stand-off between the man and the car, both trying to ignore each other.
V1 for me. It brings out the textures rather nicely. V3 is just a step too far for me.
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 1:05PM
cracking set ann fantastic detail brilliant colours and textures v1 for me today a belter nice opne Wink
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
8 Jun 2012 1:09PM
V1 - for me Ann - you have some good contrast going on there.( looks slightly HDR ish though)
V2 - to be honest despite having been in Lightroom it looks like a flat/dull RAW file.
V3 - a step too far Smile
Have you thought of adding grain/noise to these images yourself instead of depending on Topaz.????
derekhansen 12 210 24 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 1:11PM
V1, V3 and then V2 for me Ann. I like the exposure best on this one with the slightly grittier appearance.

I like the relationship between the man and the car and the way that although his posture and demeanour separates him from the car the blue reflected on the cars screen and bonnet balances with the blue of his vest.
One of the best of your Cuba shots uploaded IMO.
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
8 Jun 2012 1:35PM
1, 3, 2 Ann. v2 has so much detail missing than comes out in v1, and if you hadn't mentioned it I sure people would not have realised you used Topaz. Superb composition, and the man pointing one way and the wheels the other is excellent.

jonwebber 12 4 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 2:34PM
A difficult choice, each version has its own immense appeal. V1 for the revealed detail just scrapes in front.


I mentioned a composer and his music in a PM yesterday. I also put his names the wrong way round. James Oswald it is.
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
8 Jun 2012 2:50PM
I don't think V3 is OTT at all...but my favourite is definitely V1. The reason may be linked to my monitor, but for me, I like the light and definition on the dude in V1. Parts of him and the car go a wee bit too much into shadow in V3. But V3 is a very very very close second Smile

8 Jun 2012 3:09PM
Love everything about it! Envy! The 3 holes on the side front wing might suggest another Buick. Both car and man look seriouisly down at the mouth.
8 Jun 2012 3:11PM
Another wonderful capure of Cuba Ann,well done..Lin
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
8 Jun 2012 3:17PM
Just popped back to see what others felt, Ann: interesting to read the comments and preferences.
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 4:31PM
V1 for me Ann, you just managed that eye contact!
danbrann 16 640 17
8 Jun 2012 4:34PM
Nowt wrong with any of them Ann. On this sit when we ask 2"What do you think" we suddenly get every art critic on here. Do what you want to do Ann hell with the rest of us.
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
8 Jun 2012 4:55PM
Ann, I think for the most part I'm with you. V2 (the original) is a bit flat and it needs the processing we see in V1. However, my favorite is V3. It is not OTT. It is an artistic statement and represents your vision. AND -- it is along the lines of my tastes and philosophies about creating images that convey something beyond what the straight forward photo presents.

I fear I'm not expressing myself very succinctly here.
Outside of that, I have to re-iterate what Jenn said. We are all looking at this on a wide variety of monitors and what I see is not exactly what anybody else sees.
PS -- I just read danbrann's comment and I agree. Stay true to your own vision.
8 Jun 2012 5:04PM
Great GREAT shot Ann, and it's V1 for me Smile

John Smile
Sezz 16 619 15 England
8 Jun 2012 5:18PM
V1 club for me too, closely followed by V3 as I quite like a lot of contrast in my images!

Sarah *
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 6:07PM
Come in no. 603 .... your time is up!
V1 & V3 are ny favourites
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
8 Jun 2012 6:07PM
I'm between versions....a combination of V1 & 2 would suit me better.
I like the HDR effect on the car in V1 but prefer the more gentle apperance of the chap & the little bit of wall behind him in V2.
V3...yep a wee bit over the top but I bet it looks the best out of the three in print.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2211 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 7:28PM
V1 for me, Ann.
It looks like man and car have had a falling out. Maybe the car refused to start. Its wheels are turned away from the man, as if it is in a huff, and its expression is definitely that of one miserable vehicle. The man has distanced himself from the offending rust-bucket and looks really cheesed off.
Mmm V1 as the processing is subtle & does suit the subject .. The composition stands up on it's own of course.. Man & car sooo complimentary.. A great series Ann
zapar40 11 66 5 Wales
8 Jun 2012 7:40PM
a great shot, as with most on here i agree on v1, having made my decision before seeing any other comments, but also would like to say its how you feel about the image that matters.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
8 Jun 2012 7:48PM

Quote:Nowt wrong with any of them Ann. On this sit when we ask 2"What do you think" we suddenly get every art critic on here. Do what you want to do Ann hell with the rest of us.

When a member specifically asks for opinions on an image it is only polite to answer the request. It's nothing to do with being an 'art critic' it's about an attempt to be helpful - you were not !!!
BarbaraR 14 989 1 England
8 Jun 2012 7:49PM
I love the processing.
V1 is just right for me.
They do look like they have fallen out Smile
Very well done.

cassiecat 12 39 46 England
8 Jun 2012 7:54PM
v1 is just right for me. love the comp with the way the wheels are turned away from the man, and the man is turned away from the car. perhaps it should be called sulking lol. lesley
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
8 Jun 2012 8:00PM
V1 for me too! Fabulous light, colour, texture and capture!
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
8 Jun 2012 9:44PM
I have to say I like Way OTT myself. Great image, nicely composed.

V1 has the detail and the wonderful light, " a little is a lot" when using software to enhance I find. Love the warmth in the light and I see the number is back in this shot. Lovely work, you have opened a sea of comments by that simple question Ann.

Dougie Wink
Anna_W 9 1 2 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2012 8:57PM
v1 is my favourite too - it seems to have brought out the detail and grittiness without being too obvious and has a lovely subtle feel to it.
annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
11 Jun 2012 12:16AM
V1 for me, but I know what you mean, I do get often tempted to try some exotic setting and sometimes I love it. It is always worth a try.

And it IS a very well composed shot!!! So I love even the original very much
jasonrwl Plus
11 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 11:57PM
v3 for me Ann - not OTT at all.
CliffGreen 9 8 2 Scotland
16 Jun 2012 4:30PM
You have certainly found some great subjects on this trip,Ann.
I really like this composition; if I had to choose it would be V1.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
21 Jun 2012 11:08PM
V1 is the best of this set Ann and most others think so too, an excellent addition to this series on Cuba
wap69 11 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 12:16AM
V1 works really well and nicely balanced,these images from cuba are superb.

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