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Neon Bright Stockholm
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:56:31 PM »
Hello everyone. First I'd like to thank the forum for the inspiration given to me.

I would like to present you my latest project "Neon Bright Stockholm". I've been to Stockholm few days ago, and although I've liked the city, the climate was really cloudy and not photographically perfect.
In this project I portray the city of Stockholm under different light. The chosen colors are from one of my favourite periods: Miami in the 80's. The heavy tone retouching and the neon bright colors mirrors my idea.
Please tell me what you think. I'm extremely courious about it. :)

The whole project is here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.817776884902726.1073741848.806331619380586&type=1

And a few photos will be uploaded on my 500px page in the next days, feel free to look at it and give me advices.

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Neon Bright Stockholm
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:56:31 PM »

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 12:57:20 PM »
Here are some more pictures.

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 01:49:41 PM »
Amazing what HDR software can do, eh?  :)
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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 04:19:07 PM »
Amazing what HDR software can do, eh?  :)

Actually I've simulated the HDR through Adobe Camera Raw by pushing the shadows and pulling the highlights. I've added the color grading later on :)

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 06:05:52 PM »
Very interesting, and artistic looking!

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014, 06:17:23 PM »
Very nice DKN. Interesting post processing on your images.
« Last Edit: March 01, 2014, 02:58:03 PM by Click »

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 07:34:22 PM »
I think you have some decent compositions here and perhaps the color toning improves on the bland light of the originals, which I cannot say..
But, IMO, I don't find this sort of look appealing enough to look at for more than a few seconds.  But that's just one realist's opinion. :)
I like 8238, 8215 and 8191 but would have processed them quite differently to possibly make them more intriguing looking, again, just my opinion.

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 07:34:22 PM »

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2014, 05:36:57 AM »
I think you have some decent compositions here and perhaps the color toning improves on the bland light of the originals, which I cannot say..
But, IMO, I don't find this sort of look appealing enough to look at for more than a few seconds.  But that's just one realist's opinion. :)
I like 8238, 8215 and 8191 but would have processed them quite differently to possibly make them more intriguing looking, again, just my opinion.

Thanks for your suggestions. I've tried other combinations, but just to give an idea of the files I was working with, have a look at the attached pictures. Those are processed very lightly

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2014, 02:39:28 PM »
I wouldn't do much to 8649, it's got a mood to it that comes across as-is.

The others have very flat lighting but I think they could first benefit from some local contrast enhancements, the strength of which you can vary until it suits your tastes.
After that, you might consider some color toning, subtle or not, to accentuate the look you're after.

It's all up to you, of course.  There are so many processing options available to us these days.
And it is a good idea to solicit opinions from others, tho not necessarily just other photographers, we're a rather biased bunch.  ;D

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2014, 02:50:47 PM »
I'm not a fan at all of the coloring of the first set. The colors are discomforting, not pleasant, and confusing as to how I'm supposed to feel about these scenes. The second set is much better, with exception of the ones that are completely overcast and grey. Maybe turning those into b&w would work.

These really illustrate how important quality of light is to photography. If the light is dead, the photos will be as well. Sometimes it's just not worth taking the shot if the light is that bad. I realize that sometimes circumstances don't allow for another opportunity to shoot a given subject but I always make every effort to find the right light first (waiting for it if I have to or returning at another time even).

I know from experience that there is virtually nothing that can be done in post to recover a photo from really bad light (without completely overdoing it of course). The most likely solution is to go to b&w and try to pump contrast up. For color, good light is critical.
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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2014, 05:00:22 PM »
I'm not a fan at all of the coloring of the first set. The colors are discomforting, not pleasant, and confusing as to how I'm supposed to feel about these scenes. The second set is much better, with exception of the ones that are completely overcast and grey. Maybe turning those into b&w would work.

These really illustrate how important quality of light is to photography. If the light is dead, the photos will be as well. Sometimes it's just not worth taking the shot if the light is that bad. I realize that sometimes circumstances don't allow for another opportunity to shoot a given subject but I always make every effort to find the right light first (waiting for it if I have to or returning at another time even).

I know from experience that there is virtually nothing that can be done in post to recover a photo from really bad light (without completely overdoing it of course). The most likely solution is to go to b&w and try to pump contrast up. For color, good light is critical.

I get your point, and I know that if the light is bad the photo will be bad too. This is just an attempt to give a brand new point of view of the depicted scenes, even if the final effect is, indeed, innatural.

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2014, 07:18:57 PM »
Hi DKN, Brave person.

Lovely City, and your artistic rendition does you credit, it may not be to everyone's taste, that shouldn't concern you, the main issue here is do you like what you've done ??

As mentioned in an earlier post, it's always about light, in most of your Daylight Images you've clearly had very flat overcast light, your sort of behind the eight ball from the get go in these circumstances especially for the large view open City/landscape Images your attempting.

Once you decided to push the shutter your stuck with what you have, in a lot of the Images I see here considering the extremely flat light, an option may have been to go B&W, push the contrast up, work at getting one of those older style moody B&W images. Get out at night and look at Images that reflect the light from the City off the Cloud Base.

Another view might have been to concentrate on close in snapshots of the city, sections of buildings that are clearly Stockholm, I remember a load of old buildings in this city with Gargoyles on the lintels etc, these sorts of Images under flat light can be an option while you wait for a better light situation.

The pinkish toning will work for some viewers, but your fighting a battle with the traditionalists among the audience, I guess I'm somewhere in that crowd on the fringes, I do like art in photography (Infrared's Images on CR, Great stuff, and many others), but I'm not a HDR person, Images like the "Trey Rattcliffe" style of Imaging just doesn't work for me, but, you can't say they don't work for everyone as this particular chap (Trey Rattcliffe) has a huge huge following, and is almost the perfect example of how you take an interest in Photography and turn it into a multi million dollar business, very very smart chap.

Your Images remind me a little of his, so keep at it, develop your style, and the fact that your eager to have people critique your Images is a great sign for your future improvement.

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2014, 07:24:53 PM »
Many of the shots remind me of old postcards where the ink colors have faded non-uniformly.  Interesting processing, effect might be enhanced by printing on linen or canvas finish "art" papers.

Light is the key, it's always tough to salvage shots from a gloomy day.
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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2014, 09:11:40 PM »
I really like what you've done, especially considering the challenging light you started with. I think that kind of toning is especially effective for a big wall print,  when its not the focus of the room, but you want a pink or other colour accent. good solution if you dont really want a picture of a pink flower or something. I agree with old-pr-pix, printing them on some kind of rougher media might work really well. Something like those aluminum prints might work really well too, in the other direction.

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2014, 12:31:23 AM »
DKN, again I think the "neon" effect can work, especially for the right audience.  Frankly I don't even think any of these criticisms above, is all that harsh.  What if one of our images had several hundred views and nobody said anything about it?  It's because they didn't have anything good to say!

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Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2014, 12:31:23 AM »