On the stairs

_DS83697_solSolarizing a B&W image in Photoshop is very simple and is always unpredictable. What surprised me on this occasions was the way the process handled an elliptical cloud that hung over these steps – it was the cloud that had attracted my attention in the first place. Drama has been created that was never present in the original colour shot.

It was, however, an image even when solarized that was without a point of interest to anchor the viewer’s eye and so I borrowed a figure that first appeared in a shot taken at London Bridge (click here to view). This is not something I do very often but occasionally a little creative license creeps into my thinking.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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11 Responses to On the stairs

  1. I’d say you exercised your license very well, Andy. Very nice photograph.

  2. oneowner says:

    The solarizeing adds a lot of drama and so does the figure. Really nice work, Andy.

  3. Sue says:

    Excellent artistic license, Andy!

  4. shoreacres says:

    Wow! There’s nothing hackneyed about this image. It’s a strangely ambiguous cloud: threatening rain, or threatening holocaust? It’s a sign of our times that both can come to mind. And yes — the addition of the woman is perfect. She seems to be going about her business, oblivious to the menace above her.

    • LensScaper says:

      If you want drama, try solarization, and if you choose an image with line, form, and contrast then you will always be in for a surprise. But the cloud in this image most definitely had the Wow factor when it appeared on my screen.

  5. I love this image Andy. The tones, the shadows. I’ve never tried solarizing. This really works.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Edith. Solarization of B&W images is so easy to try out. In Photoshop go to Filter/Stylize/Solarize for a very easy intro. The image will very often look awful initially. So the next step is go straight to Levels and adjust the sliders. Have fun.

  6. sixpixx says:

    Love all those conflicting lines – supported by your choice of treatment. Great.

  7. Chillbrook says:

    And why not Andy? You’ve created a very striking and engaging image.

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