1116 – For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth

Oh well, here we are. Back to Vienna, let’s embrace darkness, for we have no other choice 🙂

I’m a little bit in a hurry. It’s morning, I have just finished yesterday’s image before I’m off to work – and outside snow is falling. It’s early this years, this is already the second time, I hope it’s just an interlude like two weeks ago.

The Song of the Day is of course “For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth” from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah”, and as (almost) always I recommend Trevor Pinnock. Hear it on YouTube.

6 thoughts on “1116 – For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth”

  1. I like the yellow light opposed to the blue shadow . This city picture is a pleasure for the eye because of its simplicity: one object, a few colors and a wonderful light.

  2. This one reminds me of American gangster films for some reason. I really like the yellow light. It hints at something out of shot, across the road, a warm cafe or a restaurant perhaps. (in reality, I guess it’s just a streetlight…)

    What did you do to the original to end up here? Whatever you did, it looks great!

  3. Not to mention the great composition — how brave to include so much of the curb– and the way the background swirls echo the red coils on the bike.

  4. The scooter is of light and energy–potential movement still for only a while. I’m feeling energy from the red coil spring on the front suspension. The curb is of earth and steadfastness. The shadow of the scooter across the curb tie the two together…almost as lovers or friends. At least that’s my perceptions. 🙂

  5. Thanks all.

    Streetlights, yes, I’m sorry. What I did to the original? Oh dear. It was a little bit noisy, Only ISO 1600, but because of the strong highlights, I had to resurrect the shadows. I used Noise Ninja, cloned out some stains on the ground and some cigarette butts, added two layers of Topaz Detail, one in Soft Light and 50%, one in Normal mode and 30%, grouped and restricted to the scooter with a mask, added a blur, saturation with my usual three H/S layers in Soft Light (blended in the shadows), Multiply (blended in the highlights) and Soft Light again (blended across tonal range), with adjusted Lightness and Saturation sliders, grouped and dialed back with opacity until it worked. Then some edge sharpening in Luminosity mode. Well, about that.

    April, thanks for pointing out the resonance between the coil and the word “BUS” on the ground. I felt I had to crop like that, but I didn’t see it.

    Earl, interesting interpretation. For me it was all about a youthfully arrogant pose, Jimmy Dean-like. The arrogance of the ever young, just like the Vespa itself.

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