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ReWorking Graffiti

Rework

OriginalThis image was taken over twelve months ago.  I did it as a 3 image HDR in Photomatix.  It was in my early attempts of HDR and it is way to saturated.  The bins blend in too much with the background.  So as I have been going though old HDR’s I thought, I might try doing this one, and another one again.

ReworkI think this is better, but still not great.  I tried to darken the background a bit, and lighten the bins.  I don’t think it worked.  I do think the colours in this are much nicer and not so bright.  I know a lot of you are going to like the first image more, but think about how over saturated they are.  The colours are not natural, if you can say that about graffiti.

Original

I thought this one was also too saturated.

Rework

So with this one, the colours are not as saturated.  It is a darker image, but not in the mirror, and it is the mirror where you are meant to look.  I like what is happening in the mirror.  The mirror shows us that the graffiti just keeps going on and on.

ReworkI have called this a rework, but technically it isn’t, it is the first time you have seen it, and I only did it this morning.  Just shows a different view from the same mirror.  I did it because I thought this one was the same as the original.  Anyway, extra image.

I hope this post makes sense.  I have just got back from the city where I spent all day taking photos and teaching a new client how to use her camera and how to take photos.  It was exhausting, but so rewarding.  I had the best time.  I completely filled my memory card, and had to delete photos, so I could take more.  I hope she also had a great time.  I know she is feeling confused now, but with time she will start to understand what we were talking about.

Please excuse me today, I need a cup of tea and to put my feet up.

 

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  1. Now, that’s what I call “I mean it” – determination, patience, hard work, imagination…

    May 17, 2013
  2. Hanno Phenn #

    That very well done hard work.I love it a lot.I am impressed.

    May 17, 2013
  3. Very cool images!

    May 17, 2013
  4. Great work and with all the colors ,different perspectives and combining the two into something cohesive i am suprised you aren’t now cross eyed!!have a great weekend, great shots :)

    May 17, 2013
    • I am feeling a bit that way, very tired now. Thank you and you too.

      May 17, 2013
      • :) will do….nothing that some relaxing music a cat a fire and a glass of wine won’t fix ;)

        May 17, 2013
      • All sounds perfect, except I don’t have a fire. :)

        May 17, 2013
      • Pretend then ! :)

        May 17, 2013
      • :)

        May 17, 2013
  5. Thanks for showing this. There’s some amazing grafitti art out there worth recording (and some pointless and rubbish!)

    May 17, 2013
  6. The mirror is amazing. I definitely like the muted ones more and couldn’t see the bins in the first image at all. Hope you get some rest.

    May 17, 2013
    • That is wonderful to hear Nia, a good nights sleep is definitely on the cards.

      May 17, 2013
  7. interesting idea for a picture. what you refer to as over saturation seems to work for me this morning. peace.

    May 17, 2013
  8. I was wandering…what about using a fish eye or a wide angle in order to stand out the bins even more? Would this work? Just an amateur question.
    Nice shots by the way.
    Ciao

    May 17, 2013
    • Maybe, though it was taken with a wide angle, I don’t have a fish eye. I think it is about lighting, and working on there more. I am not sure, I am sure there is a way, but I did the rework very early this morning, so maybe. Thanks for the ideas.

      May 17, 2013
  9. Cool images…I think you’re right on all counts about the first and its rework – too saturated in the beginning, but it loses something in the second image. It’s definatly worth playing around with some more, though!
    Sounds like you had a fun (if exhausting!) day…hope the rest of the weekend goes as well! :D

    May 17, 2013
    • Yes, I think the problem with the rework was that I did it very early this morning, before I went out, and I rushed it too much. I might try it again another time. See what else I can do.
      I did have fun. I got so many photos, which is great and I think she did too. Thanks Marie, I hope you do too.

      May 17, 2013
    • Yep, I agree with gardenfresh but the image you did today is perfect. Just enough light and focus on the mirror to make it pop. Cheers.

      May 18, 2013
      • Thank you, I had hoped it would be.

        May 18, 2013
  10. Hey, great thing you do with grafity, i do like your rework though!

    May 17, 2013
  11. This is fantastic. I agree, I like the second picture of the first set a lot more, far more depth. Although I must admit I like the first picture of the second set better, I am immediately drawn to the mirror despite the intensity of the colour. Nevertheless, all beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing.

    May 17, 2013
  12. The images in the mirror are fantastic!

    May 17, 2013
  13. Looks like you had great fun Leanne and I am sure your client did too. Lovely shots and I like the HDR effects. I love the intensity of the colours brought out in your photo’s. Thanks for sharing hon. :) *hugs*

    May 17, 2013
    • Yeah, I think we both got a lot out of it. I love HDR. You’re very welcome. Thank you. :)

      May 17, 2013
  14. If I ever move to Melbourne I’m going to buy a shop specialising in spray paints. I’d make a fortune.

    May 17, 2013
    • Haha, you know you have to be over 18 to buy it here, I think. I heard a tour guide telling some people today that Melbourne is famous for the graffiti.

      May 17, 2013
  15. Hey there! I was just wondering if I could use one of your photos in my blog because they’re really cool :)

    May 18, 2013
    • Why do you want to use it.

      May 18, 2013
      • Because I was thinking about doing a post about Street Art and I thought it would be perfect for it. Is there any problem?

        May 18, 2013
      • No real problem, but can you please make sure you credit me. That is all I ask.

        May 18, 2013
      • Yeah for sure! don’t worry about it.

        May 18, 2013
      • Okay

        May 18, 2013
  16. Beautifully Photographed. thank you so much for sharing!

    May 18, 2013
  17. Hi Leanne! I am a totally amateur photographer.. bad at editing.. I saw you recenlty liked one of my latest blog post! It is encouraging.. I posted a few graffiti clicks in a collage there.. This post of yours makes so much sense to me now.. and I can totally relate to what mistakes I may have made in capturing those! Thanks for being a great teacher!!

    May 18, 2013
    • I’m flattered, thank you. Graffiti is great to photograph, though you do have to work out pictures within it so it doesn’t just become a jumble. I hope you do more. Good Luck.

      May 18, 2013
  18. I agree, the reworks are better. When I first saw the first picture, I thought “Wow.” (Which translates as, “That’s really really bright and very saturated,” by the way.) And that may work for somethings, but I like the slightly more muted colours of the rework.

    And I didn’t even notice the bins until you said something about them… But, like I said, it just isn’t for the same purpose. I am sure there are some people who would actually buy the first one to put on their wall, and perhaps even some art galleries that would like to have it. You never know! :)

    May 18, 2013
    • Thanks Joseph. I have had people like that first one, I don’t understand it, it is so in your face. I think the reworks are better, though, the one with bins, probably needed to be shot differently.

      May 18, 2013
      • Yeah, probably. It might be better from an angle rather than from straight on, so that you can see one side also. Just a thought. Keep up the good work!

        May 18, 2013
      • Yeah, problem is the image was taken so long ago, I don’t even know if the bins are even still there. I should have done, lots of different ones, from lots of different angles. I rushed it.

        May 18, 2013
  19. The smaller photos are nice. The first one is bright and sort of screams at you. Hope you got rested up, and if I were there I would certainly want instruction on cameras.

    May 18, 2013
    • It does scream at you. Thanks John, yes, good nights sleep, so am feeling better already, just need a coffee now. It was a great way to teach, though it may be have too much all at once, I will have to ask her if she would have preferred it in two parts.

      May 18, 2013
  20. Joe #

    I love all these images even the one you think is over saturated.

    May 18, 2013
  21. Oh my gosh Leanne! The ones with the mirror are brilliant!

    May 18, 2013
    • Haha, how easy is that. The view was so good in them. Thanks Babe.

      May 18, 2013
      • Do you mind me calling you that, I call everyone that who is special to me.

        May 18, 2013
  22. All adjustments were well done. Its amazing, because some time ago i did the same with one of my works “Christmas Stairs”…i didn’s had the guts to show the previous version… stay safe :)

    May 18, 2013
    • Haha, it is hard to show the original, but it is also good to do it, not necessarily for everyone to see, but for you to see and compare. I like using my blog like a visual diary, so I know I can come back to an image and get an idea of what I did. Thank you.

      May 18, 2013
  23. I love these.!

    May 18, 2013
  24. I love the rework on the first image most, but they are all really nice!

    May 18, 2013
    • That is great, it is always a worry that everyone likes the original more, which happens a bit. Thank you.

      May 18, 2013
  25. artscottnet #

    all very nice Leanne, love the first one especially… c(_) <– tea for you :)

    May 18, 2013
  26. I like the reworked photos the best.

    May 18, 2013
  27. Great shots with the mirrors! They have an almost cartoon quality to them.

    May 18, 2013
    • That is an interesting thing to say, I hadn’t considered that, thank you.

      May 18, 2013
  28. I love to see how you work with your photos and experimentation – It’s great to see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ … I’m a novice at Photography and working in film format makes it even more of a challenge … Funny enough, I like the saturated or dreamy look that I often get with my cameras and film!

    May 18, 2013
    • Sometimes saturation can work, but I didn’t like it in this image. Working with film is quite challenging, I worked with film for a number of years before I discovered digital. Film is hard and so frustrating. Great to hear from you.

      May 18, 2013
      • You are right … Sometimes it works! I admire you working with film for so long – it can be expensive but funny enough I prefer it … I think because it’s the element of surprise (the shot may or may not turn out) … Plus I don’t think I have an eye for digital – well not yet anyway.
        Thanks for following my blogs and I appreciate you ‘liking’ my shots … Can’t wait to see more of yours!

        May 18, 2013
      • Why you say you like film is exactly why I hated it. It was also very expensive, it is also very bad for the environment, so I was never happy about that. It was hard to do what you loved knowing that the chemicals were really bad. I love, love, love, love digital, you get the idea. I don’t think there is any difference, you still have to compose an image the same way, you still need to know and understand aperture, shutter speed and ISO, it is just more instant. So much cheaper too. I used to spend around $50 a week on it, but not anymore. Anyway, I have gone on long enough.
        Thank you and you are welcome.

        May 18, 2013
  29. This is really mind blowing job … I love that 3D version … but my favorites are the photos you have taken through the mirror – that is so creative and clever, but still … you haven’t lost the greatness of the graffiti.
    Fantastic job, Leanne. Have a great weekend now.

    May 18, 2013
    • Thank you Viveka. I am really surprised how popular they have been, it is really wonderful.
      You have a good weekend too, though mine is half over now.

      May 18, 2013
      • They are awesome – so I can understand that they are popular, you know me, I like photos with odd angles.
        Brilliant work. And they are not dark *smile

        May 19, 2013
      • It is a great place to photograph, I suspect it would be hard to take bad images.

        May 19, 2013
  30. the mirror image draws me in- but i was drawn to the black and white poster of the person smiling on the wall. nice shot. I enjoy playing wheres wally for your watermark.

    May 18, 2013
    • There are lots of those appearing now, the poster I mean, not the mirror. Thank you Gregg. I have to admit quite a few people have said the same about the watermark, and I do try and find interesting places to put it now.

      May 18, 2013
      • you’ll need to show me one day how to add them, cos i have no clue.

        May 18, 2013
      • I did a tutorial on it once, I think it is under Learning Photography Gregg, check that out.

        May 18, 2013
  31. That’s one of the things with adjustments. I shoot in RAW, with as little adjustments as the camera allows . . .

    That means I need to decide how much to do. As a rule, I tend to underwhelm, as it takes a lot more work to balance the photo if one wants to crank stuff up. That said, the new Lightroom really does offer a lot of latitude . . . but not the precise placement of a watermark. Perhaps in future versions.

    May 19, 2013
    • I shoot in RAW too, well most of the time now. I try to adjust everything to what I think it should look like and my memory of it. I don’t use Lightroom, and I use Photoshop, so watermarks are easy in that. GIMP does watermarks, so you could use that for the final part and put a water in it in that.

      May 19, 2013
  32. It’s nice to relax when your exhaustion comes from doing something you love doing rather than from something tedious — so glad your day was good! I agree about the first photo being too saturated — I didn’t see the bins until you mentioned them, lol! The photos with the mirror are fantastic — again, you observe things and ideas that I always miss. Hope you got all rested up!

    May 19, 2013
    • It is funny you say that, I often look at other photographers and think, why don’t I do that, for example, I often realise that I don’t do enough detail, I wish I zoomed in more. I tend to do the whole rather than little things. I have some details for todays post, I am super excited to be showing them. thank you Kelly, it was an exhausting but also a very rewarding day. I could do that nearly every day.

      May 19, 2013
  33. Fantastic eye for a great photo, love the reflections and post processing.

    May 19, 2013
    • Thank you, it was a fun thing to do, who knew that so many would like it? If was a fun thing to do.

      May 20, 2013
  34. Fantastically imaginative capture and image rework. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and your process for deciding what to work in with each shot. I was one of the people who, upon initially looking at the images, thought: “I like the first one best!” But your comment about how the colors were too saturated to appear natural was true. Once I thought about it, it made more sense to see the image with a bit more darkening to the colors. I really like the details in the mirror, too. It’s almost like being able to step into another world in that tiny little part of the image.

    May 20, 2013
    • Thank you, it is so good when someone sees what I have done and agrees. It is great. I am so glad you like how I write about the work, I often wonder if people bother reading it. The mirror has taken me quite by surprise, I didn’t think people would find it that interesting. It could be good to start thing of the mirror and other possibilities.

      May 20, 2013
  35. Reblogged this on ordyme and commented:
    done

    May 20, 2013
  36. Liking the re-works, Leanne, but I’m wondering just how thick the paint is on those walls!?!

    May 21, 2013
    • That could be a scary thought, LOL, no idea. It is probably pretty thick.

      May 21, 2013
  37. Graffiti can almost never be too saturated – almost! The shot with the mirror is great – the clarity in contrast to the rest of the image works really well.

    May 23, 2013
    • I think it can help to up the saturation a little, but that first image was too far up. The shot of the mirror has been very popular, it is a great idea, wish it was mine, but I stole it from someone else, as all idea are usually. Thanks Noeline.

      May 23, 2013

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