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    I deliberately pushed the processing hard on this one. Did I go too far? (it does look better on a dark background imo)

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    Normally I don't like overly processed images but in this case I do like it.
    The processing aids in bringing the wall colours out of the shadows.
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    I like the comp here but to my eye it's too dark.

    The umbrella people look great - but that wonderful graffiti and the girl on the stair is hidden in this dark processing imo.
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    I dig it ....
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    Certainly a great rule of thirds and leading lines photo. One of the strolling umbrella holders is looking to his left and can see the woman hidden in the doorway. All the rest of the wall art is underexposed but is intriguing in that it appears to match the colors of the umbrellas. There is so much shadow it is hard to tell what the story is. Still, the backlit tourists with umbrellas are great but my brain is asking "what are they looking at and why is that woman crouched in the doorway?" Is that the intention of your processing?
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    Thank all for your comments and opinions. They are much appreciated. When making these type of images it is very easy to become absorbed in the process and it is easy to see things as you want to see them rather than as they are.

    This is an old shot that "hadn't made the cut" before. I was looking for a photo to play around with in Photoshop on a miserable rainy day. Whilst some people see post processing as a necessary chore, personally I love doing it and see it as an opportunity for adding artistically to an image.

    I did like the basic photo, and the people with the colourful umbrellas in an urban environment were the deliberate subject of the photo. The intent was to direct attention toward the couple, but there was too much going on in terms of distracting elements (graffiti, people, lights etc). I decided to start dodging and burning to direct attention to the people with the colourful umbrellas. I still wasn't getting the isolation I wanted, so as a play I decided to go hard and and see what I could get away with.

    I started by cloning out some distracting elements and painting over the bright pink paint from the top of the middle bollard. I left the 2 small arrow lights as they were pointing to the subjects. As you have identified, the most confronting part, and image altering component is the large and dark vignette. I also upped the contrast and saturation a little, and added a subtle "orton" style filter to give the "glow". The complete darkness just right of centre was real but has been exaggerated to give an unknown/sinister type of feel. To balance out the photo and to add an element of "tension" I dodged the girl on the right out of the vignette.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Runmonty View Post
    Did I go too far?
    Negative. I'm really digging this one, bro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barefoot View Post
    Negative. I'm really digging this one, bro.
    Thanks mate. I know you like contrasting dark/light plays
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    Definitely a photo that benefits from being blown up large. I don't think the forum does it any favours. I quite like it.

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    Thanks JAS. Yes the smaller version on white background here isnt ideal.
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