Stills V3

November 27, 2011

The Light Catchers

Filed under: Chris — cgcooke @ 19:41
The Light Catchers

The Light Catchers



  1. I have looked at this on several monitors and I can see some things on the left which I think could be removed. There is an object on the edge which does show on some of the monitors. I think there is another leg which interrupts the boardwalk and a bright edge which comes down from near top left.
    It might seem a bit nitpicky but I feel this is a very good image and those bits detract from the natural vignetting that you have in this image and it is that vignetting which adds to the power of this shot. Your two photographers are standing in a pool light held by that vignette so the bits on the left weaken it.
    As a subject I think it is very well seen and captured, photographing photographers is fun especially when I doubt their images are anywhere as good as yours.
    I also like the title!

    Comment by Rex — November 29, 2011 @ 20:49

    • It’s a perennial problem for the digital photography that throws his work open to be view in this way. That is, he has no control over the way that it is viewed. I have often been horrified by images of mine when viewed on monitors other than my own.

      With regards to this particular image Rex, yes there are things on the left hand side that I have burned back, but only as far as I considered them no longer a distraction. That said, I usually only work (on my images) at night time and am conscious that I can see further into the shadows then, than I can during daylight.

      When viewed now, at night, I can just to say see the “offending” articles; and a little easier if I change my viewing angle (non CRT screen). I couldn’t see them at all here (at Stills) with its pale background, when viewed during daylight hours.

      Whatever time it is viewed it is perhaps interesting to compare it with the one at MFT ( with its black background. I should of course point out that it’s not actually the same file, but I’m almost sure the Stills one is only a resized version of the MFT one.

      Would I consider burning some of the bits back further (though that wouldn’t work with the leg, because I believe I can only see it because it is effectively in silhouette to the relatively brighter area that forms it’s background) and am I going to check the calibration of my monitor? Yes indeed!

      Thanks for your thoughts Rex, please keep’m coming

      Comment by cgcooke — December 4, 2011 @ 00:56

      • It’s a perennial problem for the digital photography that throws his work open to be view in this way. That is, he has no control over the way that it is viewed.

        How I agree with that observation. We have an expensive Canon digital projector in the club which is calibrated and profiled frequently. However we have members who believe that what they see at the club should be identical to their recollection of what it looked like at home and when it doesn’t want to complain. The fact that depending upon the time of year and time of night, the colour leakage onto the club screen varies doesn’t seem to be a factor the complainers consider. We have a white ceiling which reflects light back onto the screen depending upon content. That affects colour and contrast. Who says all monitors must be identical?

        I did have one of my monitors calibrated to D50 and one to D65, the change in dragging an image from one monitor to the other was considerable but within a short period the eye would make the white white rather than the red/blue (depending on the direction of the drag).

        I changed the D50 monitor because Nora complained that her prints did not match the D50 monitor. They are both D65 now however there are still subtle differences in the contrast, so things that show on one monitor might not show on the other.

        Comment by Rex — December 4, 2011 @ 09:21

  2. Is this natural light? Or have you PSed it? Still, as Rex says, it is a good image and captures the wonder everyone must have felt. I am intrigued by the place as they seem to be by/on a platform next to a pool of some sort with more natural-looking pools beyond that. The two men are well placed in the composition and tie in well with the tree. The LHS doesn’t worry me.

    Comment by zavaell — December 2, 2011 @ 07:52

    • Er no and no John, but that of course depends on what you mean by “artificial light” and “PSed”.

      To be clear (I hope!) the light is being reflected off the spray from an “artificial” waterfall which is being front lit with “artificial” lighting from approx 100m downstream to our right.

      The “waterfall” was a temporary installation as part of this years Durham Lumiere fesitival.

      I consider myself fortunate not to have been able to have got onto the recommended viewing platform, where the image in the link above would have been taken from. As if I had, I might not have sought out an alternative and hence stumbled upon the view in my image.

      Oh, and I don’t believe I have changed the colour of the light significantly whilst processing it in PS.

      Comment by cgcooke — December 4, 2011 @ 01:32

  3. Many thanks for the explanation and the link Chris. Given the background information, your shot is all the more remarkable and I’m glad to see that the colour is indeed ‘natural’ – as anything is in this day and age!!

    Comment by zavaell — December 4, 2011 @ 07:36

  4. Despite the extra things left as discussed, i love this for the contrast between the natural light and that of the camear screens. Groups of digital photographers like this make for endlessly entertaining photographs.

    Comment by doonster — December 8, 2011 @ 15:34

  5. I agree with Doonster’s comment above and think it is a fine image, unique and interesting. I would likely not have noticed items on the left had I not read the comments — at least not on this, my primary monitor, since it is profiled for viewing CMYK images meant for offset printing, so runs darker than most. I’m not distracted from the center area anyway, since it is so very strong.

    Comment by Christina — December 16, 2011 @ 06:22

  6. monochromatic and a lovely hue, a feeling of moonlight, arms raised with ‘candles’ to help light the way. It is a strange scene and if you did not know they had cameras in their hands you would wonder what exactly was going on. I’m imagining people in the distant future questioning what is happening here.
    An argument against high ISO and having detail in the deep shadows, it is well seen.

    Comment by rhoehne — December 28, 2011 @ 00:41

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