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Solarized Lines

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 2 February 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Last month while out for a walk, I became fascinated with lines. Happy Silly Tuesday everyone!

STREET SLIME - Regarding yesterday's shot, Oregon's rain creates all kinds of vegetation. I was walking down the street on a rare sunny day. When I looked down at the gutter, that was what I saw. It was a straight shot with no gimmicks. There wasn't too much processing. As we all know, there is no substitute for paying attention.

NIKON D300 1/80 second F/6.3 ISO 400 78 mm (35mm equiv.)

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

brilliant work the processing really adds to the overall effect

2 Feb 2010 5:17am

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

This is a beautiful processed photo. The ambercolor fits fine for this photo.

2 Feb 2010 5:50am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Silver Effects? Cool.

2 Feb 2010 6:37am

@MontereyJohn: Yep.

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Pas mal cette désaturation qui fait bien ressortir cet escalier

2 Feb 2010 6:53am

STEED from Gueret, France

Perfect as a drawing,Jack .....Well !!!

2 Feb 2010 6:58am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe geometrie !

2 Feb 2010 7:17am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

totally right!1 paying attention can be such fun:) great picture!!

2 Feb 2010 7:20am

Manola from Bassens, France

Wouaouhhh!! Beautiful treatment which emphasizes this architecture..;-))))

2 Feb 2010 7:33am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow excellent capture and traitement

2 Feb 2010 7:41am

Florence from Paris, France

Great effect, it reinforces lines and graphism.

2 Feb 2010 7:50am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Amazing and beautiful treatment!

2 Feb 2010 8:01am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

I can see why you were fascinated. These lines are nifty !! Good one, Jack !

2 Feb 2010 8:02am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

I like the processing. Nice, like an architecture sketch :)

2 Feb 2010 8:32am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Symbolic time that clears things in life or landscape! Very high light on this shot! Interesting treatment!

2 Feb 2010 9:15am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

the lines in the picture are well catched and processed.

2 Feb 2010 9:44am

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

Beautiful treatment Jack !

2 Feb 2010 9:46am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

Nicely spotted,It´s the photographers eye that makes a good shot and not the camera !!

2 Feb 2010 10:30am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Beautiful achievement, good day.

2 Feb 2010 10:42am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Lovely image! I like the lines. Great processing. Happy ST!

2 Feb 2010 11:05am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece


2 Feb 2010 11:30am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom


2 Feb 2010 11:41am

Irene from France

It looks like an old picture ... Very nice !

2 Feb 2010 11:42am

lydia from Paris, France

Very graphic ! Nice picture Jack !

2 Feb 2010 11:52am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Very ingenious and the look works perfectly for the shot, but hey it could look silly ;)

2 Feb 2010 11:59am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

No wonder you stay hooked to this view! An excellent geometric composition! I love the editing! Many kisses for you Jack! and ... "happy silly tuesday!!!

2 Feb 2010 12:53pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I like the processing ... a charming image.

2 Feb 2010 1:26pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

This is beyond the silliness. Happy artistic silly Tuesday !

2 Feb 2010 1:27pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nicely done Jack, did you use Nik Silver Efex?

2 Feb 2010 1:35pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands


2 Feb 2010 3:18pm

Don from spokane, United States

I like your shot with all the angles. A nice one for Silly Tuesday.

2 Feb 2010 3:51pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

That's very cool processing , Jack :))

2 Feb 2010 3:57pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

I think I need sunglasses, Jack!

2 Feb 2010 4:43pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

What a great processing you have done to this great shot. The photo goes very well with what you have done to it!

2 Feb 2010 4:45pm

Laurence from Clermont-Ferrand, France

bel effet !

2 Feb 2010 5:00pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

tu as travaillé avec Silver effect je parie ??? j'ai essayé mais je ne suis pas douée

2 Feb 2010 5:47pm

@Marie LC: Oui, Nik's Silver Efex Pro.

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

completely magnificent!

2 Feb 2010 5:51pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Interesting how you showed these lines. Would make a great jigsaw puzzle.

2 Feb 2010 6:30pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

great painting and treatment

2 Feb 2010 6:46pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente tratamiento, efecto muy bueno!

2 Feb 2010 6:58pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Superb study of lines and angles and incredibly brilliantly captured. The more you look the more angles and shapes appear. I love it.

2 Feb 2010 7:15pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Optical illusion! Got me fooled there for a second. Superb!

2 Feb 2010 7:36pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

another stunner!!:)

2 Feb 2010 7:36pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful architecture

2 Feb 2010 7:44pm

tataray from St Laurs, France

Magnifiques lignes

2 Feb 2010 8:35pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Love it Jack, all the lines, this processing works!

2 Feb 2010 10:12pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Great lines indeed. This architectual rendering is very well done.

2 Feb 2010 10:14pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Great lines, both vertical and horizontal.

2 Feb 2010 10:18pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

I like the processing on this - great light and I like the edge treatment also!

2 Feb 2010 10:27pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nicely done......perfect shot for this treatment !

2 Feb 2010 10:40pm

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

It's like a charcoal drawing, the lines that intersect and lead to the top of this house. You photograph like a painter who has chewed its image before the painting.

2 Feb 2010 11:33pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Very graphic. Silver Effect Pro is supposed to be easier than do the conversion manually. The quick tests that I have done were not so good and need more time to spend on the picture. Comparing the results with both treatments on the same picture, the best was the manual version. What do you think?

2 Feb 2010 11:37pm

@akarui: Here's my workflow. 1. Open in Silver Efex 2. Scroll through the presets to see if there is one that I like (generally I have an idea ahead of time as to what I am looking for) 3. Sometimes apply a Color Filter 4. Sometimes, make minor slider adjustments of Contrast and/or Structure 5. If needed, use Control Points 6. Explore Film Types 7. Sometimes I apply a Vignette or Burn (but not often) 8. Click Apply I do all of my Noise Reduction with a separate plug-in.

Marianne from Toulouse, France

Very nice effect, love your lines, silver lines ...

2 Feb 2010 11:46pm

Ajay from Pune, India

The only thing I see 'silly' in this shot is me. I have seen those sorts of lines many times, why didn't it ever click to me that they a made for a beautiful shot.

3 Feb 2010 2:08am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

A-Ha... you used Silver Efex. I do love that software! And what a great subject for this!!

3 Feb 2010 2:41am

@amy: I use it for "all" of my B&W conversions.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A beautiful effect here that really emphasizes the lines. And thankfully it helps lose the sight of the replacement door with the oval window; seems so out of character with the rest of the house.

3 Feb 2010 4:45am

@Steven: The door in reality actually looks quite nice.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

the processing makes this stairway even more abstract and isolates it from the building, bravo!

3 Feb 2010 12:15pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Lines, textures and patterns present themself well in this composition and processing.
I admire that you see the creative value of an image and capture it.

3 Feb 2010 2:31pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

it's a wonderful processing ,jack !
friendships !

3 Feb 2010 5:05pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Fantastic processing Jack

3 Feb 2010 6:07pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States looks like an architect's drawing.

4 Feb 2010 4:35am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Fun shot, but nicely done and executed. Your pp really distilled the image down to your subject: lines.

4 Feb 2010 2:52pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Almost has an Esher feel to it...nicely done...

13 Feb 2010 5:57am