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Glimpse Through a Window
October 2006 Barbara Read

Glimpse Through a Window

Virginia City, Montana

This image was shot through a very dirty window of one of the many historic buildings in Virginia
City, Montana. I really liked how the light illuminated the old wicker chair yet left the two
manequins mostly in shadow. At the time I took this, I hadn't noticed a red generator along the wall
to the right of the nearest window.

Image was captured in RAW. No adjustments were made to the image prior to converting it to a jpeg
file. Image was resized, sharpened and the red generator (located in the right lower corner) was
selectively darkened using Curves. Dave's Ethereal Glow action (adjusted to appox. 25%) was added
then Feivel's Gothic Glow. A shadow adjustment was made with the GG action to keep the shadows from
going darker than the original. Finally a small crop was made off the right side to create a more
pleasing (I hope) and balanced composition. I intentionally left the shadows dark--I like the mood
the light and shadows create: how the shadows partially obscure the manequins and how the light from
the windows falls on the wicker chair and bookcase. Since working on this, I have cropped this image
isolating the wicker chair and windows. I'll post that version later.

Comments and feedback on the image and post processing would be very much appreciated.

Canon EOS 5D ,Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS
Handheld, Av Priority, RAW original & converted to jpeg for upload
1/200sec @ f6.3, 24mm, iso 1000, EV-2 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Steve Ainsworth01-May-2007 14:55
Great use of light from the windows and excellent treatment--the treatment doesn't intrude on the naturalness of the scene. V
Reflections by Ruth10-Nov-2006 16:45
I didnt even realize you used actions on this one, I just love how it turned out, looks so natural for the setting V!
Richard Calmes10-Nov-2006 13:00
You captured the feeling and atmosphere here beautifully! V
Yiannis Pavlis10-Nov-2006 04:07
spectacular light and tones.very moody and atmospheric photo.
Guest 03-Nov-2006 03:25
Wow! The mood is right ... Great work ...Gmv
Guest 29-Oct-2006 14:10
this is a very beautifull shot.excellent mood and light.