Tue 22-Jan-13 06:13 AM | edited Thu 17-Jan-13 06:25 AM by robsb
When you visit Verona the top tourist attraction is the so called Juliet's home and balcony. The house itself dates to the 13th century but since Romeo and Juliet is a ledgend, it is unlikely that this was really Juliet's home . That does not stop thousands of tourists from craming into the courtyard sholder to sholder to see it. I was one of them. But how do you present an image that has been taken by millions of tourists and try to make it interesting? This was my attempt.
D700 w/ 17-35 f/2.8 zoom @35mm. f/5.6, 1/200, ISO 360. Processed in Capture NX2.
Larry I used a quick and dirty method for Ver 2 by adding the Polariod CEP for CNX2 filter to the original NEF and then a Photo Effects filter. The Polaroid filter makes the border and has a limited range for the border color from almost pure white to what you see here where there is still some detail in the image. I could look at using the plus minus brush to bring it back a bit. I will have another look at it.
Thanks Kathy my original intent was to focus on the brickwork and detail as otherwise I felt it was a boring image, so I decided to make it B&W and process it to bring out the relief of those bricks and balcony masonry. The second version was intended to add a sense of age, but in using the Polaroid filter you have to be careful not to eliminate too much detail.
Wed 16-Jan-13 08:43 PM | edited Thu 17-Jan-13 05:27 AM by robsb
Dan I am inclined to agree, but I do think I will rework the second to see if I can improve it. The comments about the first seem to be consistent from everyone and since I was going for texture and detail with my processing by using two different forms of sharpening, I guess I met my goal there.
Bob. I like both of these.. nice detail and textures. Although, tbh, I'm not so sure about the edging effect on the second one. I can see what you were trying to do but it doesn't quite come off for me. Perhaps something similar but a bit less intruding into the actual image and keeping the original colours... so kind of broken up as you've done it but without the fading? Don't know? That might not work.
Derek Thanks for the comments, I doubt I will play with ver 2 any more as any other ideas I had for it will require some work in Photoshop and at this point I am not sure if they would add or subtract from the image I was trying for in ver 2 as anything I was thinking about would ngatively impact both detail and texture that I produced in the B&W image.
Antero thanks for the comment. You are in my head, as when I asked myself that question, I too decided that I had to strip away the color, not that interesting anyway and focus on texture and a sense of oldness. I do have to admit that I almost did not make this image. I was essentially shoulder to shoulder with people crammed into that small courtyard and I was wondering if it was even worth taking the picture. I think that day I was suffering from the blahs as I did not take too many images. In hindsight, I am glad I did.