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The Carnival

By devlin
Taken @ the VnA waterfront in cape town. The intent was to try and give a very detached and moody view of an otherwise fun day Smile, on the framing i feel its not as neat as i would like it, but then you are also restricted in terms of the view point i was looking for. V2 is the original unedited version V1 was converted using silver efex pro, i deliberately went in for a low key conversion to get the shadows in the foreground plus make the sky and wheel stand out a bit, used a green filter to as usual is always welcome

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Sooty_1 10 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 10:24AM
It's very stark, and for me, the main problem is the intrusion of the building into the wheel.
The whole thing looks like it's leaning to the left, due to distortions with the 18mm, but not unbearably so, though a step or two to the right, if poss, would have alleviated some of this (you would have been more square on to the wheel).
I find the conversion to be quite extreme, and you are losing detail in the shadows, unfortunately most of the shadows are close to the camera.
I know it sounds funny, but a blip of flash would help light the foreground in situations like this.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2162 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 3:56PM
I have certainly looked at V1 for some time, Prabh, but have to say that I prefer the original colour image.
In V1, it is still obviously a bright sunny day, and the moody sky doesn't seem to gel with that.
So, I have based my modification on V2.
The converging verticals are more evident on the left, where you have the orange building, but are also noticeable on the lean of the lamp post on the right. I used perspective correction on these, hoping that the wheel would look less tilted in the process, but it doesn't. It's only slightly better. My correction required an inevitable crop, which made the image quite tall and thin, so I cropped some off the bottom, not ideal because I've chopped some people in half. I reduced the highlights (they are quite strong on the wheel centre) and lifted the shadows because, as I said, the sun was strong and you have a lot of shadow in the right foreground, so I was seeking for more balance. When you mention the shadows, I'm not sure if you mean the ones on the path, or the dark area bottom right. I have unfotunately cropped the shadows on the path. It's hard to get it right without compromise.
devlin Plus
10 653 39 India
8 May 2012 8:19PM
Thanks Nick, / Pamela - appreciate the feedback....Smile


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