LightningPaul

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Rusty Truck Locks


I took this image almost a year ago, while making a walk in the neighborhood to test my new macro lens. I made shots of everything that might look interesting. While browsing the results at home I found this one pretty strong. I love the rusty door locks of a small truck.

Question: do you like the titles of my images? They are not the most original ones but they do describe what's on the image. Personally I like this plastic approach. What do you think? Do you (dis)like them?


TECH-INFO: one RAW file converted into a TIFF file using DxO Optics Pro. In Photoshop I enhanced several parts. I do that by simulating dodging and burning. You just make two new adjustment layers (it does not matter which kind, I choose mostly the curves tool). You put the blending modes in screen and multiply. By painting on the masks you can brighten and darken areas of your images. Since you work on layers you can undo or fine-tune any time without destroying your image. I really love this technique and use it for most of my images. The masters of the darkroom did the same but now it's much easier with Photoshop.

With the B/W tool I partly converted it into black and white. I have set the opacity of this layer on 55% to leave some color in. The locks got much more detail, using a high pass filter (blending mode set on overlay) and by painting on the mask to enhance only the locks. It also creates extra depth and separates the locks more from the background.
If you convert your image into a smart object you can always redo and/or reset the high pass filter parameters. Originally I wanted to use Topaz adjust 4 but the tool keeps on crashing (in other words it's pretty useless for the moment). Finally some white vignetting is added, serving as a finishing touch.

Rusty Truck Locks


I took this image almost a year ago, while making a walk in the neighborhood to test my new macro lens. I made shots of everything that might look interesting. While browsing the results at home I found this one pretty strong. I love the rusty door locks of a small truck.

Question: do you like the titles of my images? They are not the most original ones but they do describe what's on the image. Personally I like this plastic approach. What do you think? Do you (dis)like them?


TECH-INFO: one RAW file converted into a TIFF file using DxO Optics Pro. In Photoshop I enhanced several parts. I do that by simulating dodging and burning. You just make two new adjustment layers (it does not matter which kind, I choose mostly the curves tool). You put the blending modes in screen and multiply. By painting on the masks you can brighten and darken areas of your images. Since you work on layers you can undo or fine-tune any time without destroying your image. I really love this technique and use it for most of my images. The masters of the darkroom did the same but now it's much easier with Photoshop.

With the B/W tool I partly converted it into black and white. I have set the opacity of this layer on 55% to leave some color in. The locks got much more detail, using a high pass filter (blending mode set on overlay) and by painting on the mask to enhance only the locks. It also creates extra depth and separates the locks more from the background.
If you convert your image into a smart object you can always redo and/or reset the high pass filter parameters. Originally I wanted to use Topaz adjust 4 but the tool keeps on crashing (in other words it's pretty useless for the moment). Finally some white vignetting is added, serving as a finishing touch.

comments (7)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 25 Mar 2010, 06:39
Always appreciate your lessons Paul
the rust tells a story to me...
Intriguing and excellent.
I was just thinking as I saw this image about the titles you use. They are too simple or obvious to me. If you ask me I would name them as something I would wanna express or something I see thru the subject of the photo I take. Every shot is a vision of the photograpther. The title suggests the vision.
A good shot Paul and well seen. I have no problems with your titles, what I'm not too keen on is images on here where the poster has just left the default "about" instead of putting any title at all.
Great tech note, Paul - the locks remind me of comic faces smile
  • Luis
  • Mexico
  • 27 Mar 2010, 23:50
Rust and worn out object are a personal favorite too. I don't pay much attention to a title and try to ignore them until after viewing the image as I don't want it to guide my perception. I, quite frankly, have been tempted many times to just leave it blank and know of photographers that simply do.

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