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By SuziBlue
Well - this is my first attempt at getting rid of extraneous detail and it was a lesson in patience! There was a car behind those gates (at the time I'd waited ages but he was parked for the day!)and a diagonal bar ... rather than cloning I used a series of cut and pastes. Have also played around with the cropping - originally there was more black surround and the image was dead centre.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Ice Bicycle Digitally manipulated March Bergen Landscape and travel

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Paddy 19 254 8 England
8 Dec 2002 11:54PM
very well done suzi, this is a great pic...
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
9 Dec 2002 12:54AM
Wow thanks Paddy! Actually I've noticed that going down to 40K brings down the definition of the gates - so I need to go back and work on the lighter bars a little more as some look as though they're missing. Thanks for the encouragement!
User_Removed 20 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2002 6:40AM
Nice shot Suzi.........No cold Tea in this one then. It's a 4 from me.
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
9 Dec 2002 6:48PM
Thanks Laurel Grin ... I could have done with hot tea that day! or the JD even ... the wind was BITTER ...
mizpol 19 37
6 Jul 2003 9:50AM
One of my favourites. Great use of cut and paste and the forsight of seeing the finished pic before it's taken
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
6 Jul 2003 8:09PM
Thanks very much Miz Grin .. yep, working on this taught me a whole lot ..
sparrin 19
25 Jul 2003 6:03AM
good photo and obviously software can do more...just depends on the hands of the user...
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
27 Jul 2003 9:10AM
Thanks Shaun .. yep software can be a tool or a weapon can't it LOL Grin
durlstonp 19 638 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2003 4:49PM
Very effective shot Suzi and a great observation of the reflected light. Makes you realise that even the seemingly mundane can become a great photo with the right lighting. Fully deserves the Editor's Choice logo.

SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
20 Aug 2003 8:12PM
Thank you very much DP .. and for dropping by Grin
steve j 19
25 Aug 2003 7:10AM
a bread & butter pic, if ever i saw one....
XCLNT : could look at this for TIME.......
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
25 Aug 2003 3:28PM
Steve - you think it's that sellable? Grin thanks for that ..

It would be good to build up some bread & butter stuff but what I need to do is work on making sure the quality is right. Going by requirements I'm nowhere near ready to submit the reproductive quality they want .. so that looks like the next logical step ..
abraxas 19
26 Aug 2003 4:56AM
Yes I like this one.. reminds me of those "Athena" postcards with the lighting and subject..
g-3 19 4
27 Aug 2003 4:30PM
Oops you did it made me wanna take the pic! :o)) Very Brassai-like in vision,
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
27 Aug 2003 8:02PM
Good grief G3 - steady on .. LOL!!! But thanks - very kind and I really appreciate your comments Grin .. and thanks too Neil .. I am looking into my originals now and seeing what I can do about getting some samples ready for sending to magazines .. I don't have anywhere near enough images for stock or anything, but perhaps I can get a pic editor or two interested ..
Leo 20 48 9 England
3 Sep 2003 1:48PM
Excellent eradication of the car you mentioned Suzi, patience certainly paid off there. I have endless patience for that sort of thing but not as a general rule though.
Cutting, feathering and pasting is a first class solution to vertical challenges, I often find.
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
4 Sep 2003 12:41PM
Thanks Leo Grin I've just recently got the bigger file size version printed up (finally) and although the picture quality isn't too hot the more solid effect of the gate bars shows up well. And yep, digital work like that is a bit like fine brush painting isn't it .. although not so 'hands on' .. and does need patience.
Leo 20 48 9 England
4 Sep 2003 1:41PM
Nice to lean back after you've got there and admire the reward for your patience.
After all, I guess we all do this just to please ourselves, purely a bonus if others enjoy it tooSmile I've just done a B/W image and removed a large "For Sale" sign and a "No Parking" sign, now it's worth a second look. Plenty of less than sharp images or technically less than perfect around, which
because of the subject matter, score big time. So that's not so vitalGrin
lightloader 19 14 1
26 Sep 2003 8:56PM
Finally got around to viewing some of your
work - and wow, did I find it! A very thoughtful collection Suzie - way ahead of me on the artistic front. Places and things
can be challenging subjects, I mean to evoke emotion from...

Anyway, this one has terrific mood, carefully composed and shows a real control of natural light.
rune 19 5
26 Sep 2003 9:55PM

By looking at the title(duh) and the wet, wooden entrance in the photo I guess this is a picture from Bergen - Norway.

A very representative image from the city between the seven mountains.

How did you like your stay in Bergen?

Hope you caught us on one of our very rare sunny days - sadly it rains most of the time. As I write it`s pouring cats and dogs outside.

- Rune
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
27 Sep 2003 11:01AM
Adrian many thanks Grin very kind of you .. Grin and excuse me but your portfolio is pretty hot too!

and Rune - thank you! I'm glad you like this one of Bergen - such a beautiful place and just STUFFED with history .. this was in March one year - ice and snow and freezing cold but the people were so very warm and welcoming. My Norwegian accent wasn't up to much I'm afraid! needs work ... Grin
22 Oct 2003 9:54PM
Classic Smile

SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
23 Oct 2003 10:09AM
Thanks Baz .. and for dropping by Grin
flossie 19 1.6k
8 Nov 2003 4:39PM
Just spotted this in your portfolio (from before my time on Epz)
Can't believe you took out a car - you'd never know.
I like everything about it - great atmoshphere and moody lighting, Abraxus hit the nail on the head with Athena - definitely looks like something they'd have on a poster.

One thing, just read your personal info - what exactly do you do with an ironing board (mm.. could be tricky getting it in the bag!!) and sticky back plastic? I've a lot to learn :o)
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
8 Nov 2003 5:54PM
Thanks Flossie Grin and for your appreciation .. Grin

I know - climbing mountains is a tad tricky with an adjustable ironing board tucked under one arm .. lol
25 Mar 2004 7:31PM
Great shot Suzanne. Your patience has paid off. Always a pleasure to view your work.
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
25 Mar 2004 11:46PM
Thank you very much Hudson - really appreciated. Thanks for the visit Grin
keithh 18 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
23 Apr 2004 11:09PM
You know,I always assumed I'd clicked on this shot. As my old teacher used to say, 'never assume.' One of the first photo's I viewed on EPZ and liked it ever since.
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
24 Apr 2004 2:54PM
Thanks again Keith .. always so encouraging and I always make picky remarks about yours! (well nearly always ..)

It's a pity I don't have the neg - now my pic twiddling is heaps better than it used to be it would be great to have another go and have a big filesize to work with. I have one printed up as a 10x8 and the resolution is crap but from a few feet away it looks fine! Could get Genuine Fractals at some pointand then it might be worth working it up. People say it's a better way of doing it than doing the incremental bit in PS ..

And never assume anything - too right.
rogues 18 4 India
8 Sep 2004 11:48AM
this is superb ! Well deserved EC.
wonder how i missed this erlier buddy...
good composition, and well-captured too.
U got n interesting folio in there.
look forward to more.

bole 18
16 Oct 2004 10:52AM
very good photo.
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
24 Oct 2004 1:42AM
Thanks again Raghav - really appreciate your comments: Thanks too Zoran - glad you like it Smile
rosie42 18 7 Australia
8 Nov 2005 7:40PM
Well observed and presented ...

Susie :o)
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
10 Nov 2005 11:45AM
Thanks very much Rosie! Nice to have this one peeked at again Smile
himel 18 61
31 Dec 2005 9:26PM
its abstract... i like it

jpenguin 17 66
13 Feb 2006 4:01AM
this is a great image. It has something.
pikey 18 861
11 Mar 2006 10:44AM
Beautiful, simple calrity to something from a Magnum cofee table book.
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
13 Mar 2006 8:09AM
Thanks very much all. And thanks for visiting Grin
sputnki 18 10 Canada
20 Apr 2006 2:34AM
Great job on the manipulation! For a second I thought there were some artifacts in the image, but they came off when I rubbed my thumb over the monitor... :-P

It's funny, I have a picture of a bike taken in Bergen, leaning against a stone wall. Such a hilly town the cyclists must be all muscle!

The composition really works well. I might have darkened the blacks a bit more, but I'm a contrasty kinda guy.

SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
20 Apr 2006 9:31PM
Thanks for the feedback Doug. It's a shame I've lost the neg but there it is. Interesting point bout the contrast - I've got a couple more versions now using contrast tweaks but there again the scan res is so low I wouldn't be able to do much with them 8-[
9 May 2006 4:09PM
love it!
excellent composition & presentation
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
10 May 2006 5:36AM
Thank you Ivana 8-] Glad you like this.
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
28 Jan 2009 1:55AM
Very interesting clicking back on an older image. Seeing user names that no longer show up in the photogallery, seeing the different sizes of the uploads. A lot has changed.
A very well composed image. I like the way it frames the bicycle, the rain puddle in the tunnel. This isn't Bergen, Norway is it? Let me tell you, it can rain buckets there!
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
3 Mar 2010 6:20PM
Very artistic shot! Like it a lot!
AnnieKisster 12 6 1 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 2:54PM
I love the atmosphere of this image, it's really interesting, like something straight out of a vintage film. Wonderful.
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
8 Mar 2010 1:49AM
Thanks so much everyone - Anne yes it is Smile

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