old Jewish cemetery

Olympus C8080WZ
and Silver Efex Pro 2
(I am still working on removing the digital noise from the sky
Update: picture replaced after repeating Dfine / SilverEfex filtering
2nd update: Dfine and two SilverEfex filters - ouch! )
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Leon_Vienna said:

Powerful image!
Doesn't do Dfine from Nik-Filters its job?
11 months ago

Marta Wojtkowska replied to Leon_Vienna:

Well, it does, but I am not happy with results. Not yet.

OK. There is another version now. Isn't the sky too smooth?
11 months ago

Leon_Vienna replied to Marta Wojtkowska:

No, it isn't too smooth.
But in case you want hear/read any critics by myself, the stone seems to be in parts to smooth/flat now.
What I experienced when I did my quick editing on the screenshot is, that sky and ground/stone need to be edited differently. The sky needed to be denoised, the ground/stone could need a bit more of sharpness and even some grain. That was my reason to do different layers and masking afterwards - which was with that clearly composed view not a problem. I just erased the dfine-layer where grass grows and the stone stands. I am not at all a photoshop-freak, really, and usually I like the "on-click-solutions" most, but some things I learned a bit by doing and happily work with it. And about Nik's Dfine: yes you have to tell him, what YOU want, and not let him do, what he wants*. ;-)
But Marta! This is complaining on a very high level! In an artistic sense you image is absolutely great - and now decide: fidling on technical problems for hours - or just going out and taking some perhaps even better photos.
Have a good time!
* We happily can exchange by Ipermail about that - not a question of will, but one of time ... unfortunately. :-(
11 months ago

Martine said:

Une superbe composition en noir et blanc qui donne un côté émouvant.
11 months ago ( translate )

Richard Nuttall said:

11 months ago

Nora Caracci VERY BU… said:

cool and moody composition, exquisite bw !
11 months ago

Marta Wojtkowska replied to Leon_Vienna:

Thank you so much again, Leon!
All your remarks are extremely helpful.
As it happens the first version (without Dfine) based on "wet rocks' filter with some structure.
The second used Dfine with layer mask excluding the stone from de-noising, but I switched to another filter (my own custom mix of dynamics and structure).
Now I added some more structure to the stone and grass. It looks different.
Is it any better? I still have my doubts ;)
But I rest my case for now :)
11 months ago

Marta Wojtkowska said:

Thank you so much!
11 months ago

Scott Holcomb said:

Like the walls of Jericho, this vital culture tumbled to the ground.
11 months ago

Frode said:

I think it`s great.
11 months ago

Marek Ewjan Stachows… said:

ciekawy, bardzo atrakcyjny kadr
- pozdrawiam serdecznie
11 months ago ( translate )

Judith Jannetta said:

Beautifully atmospheric and poignant
11 months ago ( translate )

Diane Putnam said:

Fragments of Jewish cemeteries...all over Europe, I suppose. Beautiful in black and white, Marta.
10 months ago