I have joined the AB Friday forum this week, being the first week of the month which focuses on one photo and we all give it the magic once over and our own interpretation. This month’s photo was taken by Manal Ali. Thanks Manal for putting your photo in for the hoards to devour.
I must say I wasn’t sure what way to go with the photo, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to focus on. Firstly I was drawn down the tree lined street to the building centre stage at the back but then my right eye kept turning to the “Sale” sign at the cycle shop. Almost instantly that’s where I felt I needed to be but struggled as it wasn’t technically the “right” thing to do. That probably wasn’t where I was supposed to be but being a girl, any SALE sign just zings and screams at you to look so I did, how could I not.
Here is the original photo by Manal Ali.
I don’t feel my interpretation gives Manal’s photo justice because it was a lovely street scene but I am sure a lot of other people will do so. I just wanted to give a more humerous “girls eye view” as it would be if we girls were walking down the street.
So its up for feedback, good or bad.
I did so much twiddling I couldn’t keep with my changes so will just go with the major changes.
Firstly I wanted to make the tower stronger as it was lost in the fog so used the adjustment brush in Lightroom and pushed the exposure back down a bit.
I cropped slightly and adjusted the photo slightly to the left to straighten the light pole.
Secondly I used the adjustment button again (my favourite tool at present), to highlight the cycle shop and the flags out the front and also the tall building above with its great lines.
I tried black and white but decided to bring back the colour and set one of the presets in Lightroom which was “yesteryear”. It gave it a yellowish old world tinge, some warmth and brought up my sale shop brilliantly.
Lastly I went back into Photoshop and used the blur filter on Iris and centred it around the cycle shop so the rest blurred slightly to really bring your eye into it.
Its been an interesting exercise I have to say. I was like a kid in a candy shop. I wondered whether I went too far and tried a few different things. I also tried cropping and B&W as I mentioned but I was most happy with this one.
I cant wait to see everyone else’s interpretation. As I said I went for a more playful photo using a girls eye view of the street.
To view other photographer’s interpretations of this photo by Manal Ali please go to the lovely Stacy Fischer’s post for AB Friday this week here. The link will be available on Friday morning Washington DC time. Also have a lot at Stacy’s blog at Visual Venturing. Its worth a very good look. Stacy has a wonderful eye for urban shots and also features on Monochromia every Friday.