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The last Snowman


The last Snowman
Photo Information
Copyright: Romain Donadio (green) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 176 W: 77 N: 209] (2434)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-11-26
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony DSC F828 Cybershot, Carl Zeiss T* 28-200, CCD 8M 2/3" RGBE, Hoya UV 58mm pitch 0.75
Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Marleen's FAVORITES II, Paris sous la neige [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-15 5:16
Viewed: 2256
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The last picture of "Paris under the snow". The snow in Paris never last very long and this is what was left after few hours it started snowing; a tiny snowman who was having his portrait taken in front of the Louvre for the last time before he would be gone too.

Post-processing

Contrast, colour and level post processing:
- Added a level correction on an adjustment layer
- Selected Red channel and set input level to 0-1,00-200
- Selected Green channel and set input level to 0-1,00-204
- Selected Bleu channel and set input level to 6-1,00-200
- Selected RGB channel and set input level to 0-0,86-255 (gamma correction)
- used contrast masking technique explained here

- Added a curves correction on an adjustment layer
- Selected RGB channel set 3 anchors at:
Input: 44 output: 27
Input: 99 output: 117
Input: 195 Output: 229
- Selected Red channel set 3 anchors at:
Input: 51 output: 6
Input: 151 output: 137
Input: 204 Output: 228
- Selected Green channel set 3 anchors at:
Input: 38 output: 31
Input: 125 output: 129
Input: 197 Output: 223
- Selected Blue channel set 2 anchors at:
Input: 22 output: 33
Input: 149 output: 126
- Set layer opacity to 15%

- Added another curves correction on an adjustment layer
- Selected RGB channel set 3 anchors at:
Input: 70 output: 94
Input: 182 output: 211
Input: 218 Output: 240
- Selected Red channel set 3 anchors at:
Input: 76 output: 33
Input: 174 output: 130
Input: 242 Output: 255
- Selected Green channel set 2 anchors at:
Input: 28 output: 51
Input: 127 output: 118
- Selected Blue channel set 3 anchors at:
Input: 35 output: 54
Input: 165 output: 160
Input: 255 output: 188
- Set layer opacity to 15%

Black & white convertion:
- Added a channel mixer on an adjustment layer (placed before the curves layers)
- Ticked Monochrome checkboxe
- Set red channel to -75%
- Set green channel to +25%
- Set Bleu channel to +150%

Resizing and sharpening:
- Reduce image size to 700x525 pixels
- Flatten the layers
- Applied slightly modified Luko's sharpening tricks:
- Applied USM Gain: 18% Radius: 40 pixels Threshold 0
- Applied USM Gain: 350% Radius: 0,3 pixels Threshold 0
- Selected fade in edition menu and set it to darken mode and opacity to 100%
- Applied USM Gain: 350% Radius: 0,3 pixels Threshold 0
- Selected fade in edition menu and set it to lighten mode and opacity to 50%

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Bonjour Romain, what a mood, and great fotograph. Your notes are amazing with the details !

An instant favorite

Marleen

  • Great 
  • KUMA (24)
  • [2006-01-15 9:29]
  • [+]

Hi,Romain.
I like your tone of photo. Not only this one, but also other ones.
By the way, what do you call this object made of snow. We call it 'yuki-daruma' in Japan.

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  • Ilir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 518 W: 67 N: 53] (5121)
  • [2006-01-16 22:46]
  • [+]

My smile goes for the marvelous technical pp. But the mood is lacking. The heavy concrete block on the bottom kills the feeling of antique. The crop on the building is unusual and deprives the viewer of the probablt most interesting details of the old building. The snowman just does not fit in the shot. It leaves the viewer wandering, neither here nor there, neither humorous nor surreal.

Hi Romain,

I cannot decide which is the better of the two, your in depth description of post photo processing or the actual photo. Who cares, both are fantastic and worthy of 10/10.

Regards
Wayne

Hi Romain,
Hmmm...where have I seen this cute little guy, before? Ahhh...yes, I remember! ;P
Nice shot. The snowman seems to be a contrast to the formality of the rigid buildings in the back. Even with the cold tones, the smile on the the snowman just warms the mood right up. Nice pp work, by the way. And good composition with the snowman leading up the to building.
Well done.
Richard

Bonjour Romaine,

Wonderfuly fun and very good photograph. The depth and perspective are fantastic. Your signature green tones are great! A sort of sad distorted smile on his face as he seeps to the puddles below. Creative shot!! Have a wonderful weekend Romaine.


Love and Peace always
Kevin

Romain

Voici une photo qui me plait beaucoup, son originalité est très intéressante, c'est un lieu insolite pour croiser un bonhomme de neige, excellente trouvaille.
Par ailleurs votre série de "Paris sous la neige" est superbe et je ne manquerai pas d'y retourner.
La note explicative est une denrée rare de nos jours, merci pour ce partage, j'ai regardé la photo en ws et le résultat final met en valeur cette photo qui sort de l'ordinaire, superbe atmosphère avec une bonne gestion des contrastes, des couleurs de la lumière.
Bonne utilisation des perspectives. J'aime beaucoup votre travail.

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