Urban.Envisioned@BLACK Magazin by Yuval Shiboli


BLACK magazine is a German black and white Photography Magazine. It presents exceptional works of national and international black and white photographers and describes their intentions and ways of working. 
I couldn't be happier to see my Urban.Envisioned works selected to be featured in the recent issue of BLACK magazine released today.  

Chained- Sequence video by Yuval Shiboli

I've recently released my latest work called "Chained".
It features the NYX Tel-Aviv hotel along with a rusty metal chain that is the tip of a contemporary metal statue situated in the yard at the entrance to the hotel.
Post processing this image was so much fun I couldn't resist the temptation of recording it and posting the video.
Here it is... Enjoy :)

ANGEL- The Making Of... by Yuval Shiboli

This latest work features what used to be one of the most recognized buildings in the Tel-Aviv skyline. The LYN building (a.k.a Leumi Tower) is an octagonal office building located in the heart of the financial zone of central Tel-Aviv. Designed in the 1960's by architect Gershon Zippor. It's name is an acronym of the 3 streets surrounding it. Leumi Bank- the 2nd largest bank in Israel is headquartered in this tower (along with several other buildings in the area).

LYN Building

Photo credit: Michael Jacobson
(Click here for original)


While the the perspective and the composition where pretty obvious to me when I took this picture, the real fun was creating the "not from this world" look.

Here is the sequence of work along with a nice short vedio to recap:

Nikon D500, Nikkor 10-24 3.5-5.6 @20mm, 1/60s,  f8.0, ISO 100

Nikon D500, Nikkor 10-24 3.5-5.6 @20mm, 1/60s,  f8.0, ISO 100

B&W high key conversion with Silver Efex after crop and perspective control

B&W high key conversion with Silver Efex after crop and perspective control

8 different masks were required to get the final outcome: 1) Main mask for the windows in the "Building Layer" 2) Two separate Black masked over White layer pairs with shaped gradients to achieve the shapes in the windows and in the sky. 3) Five layers of Gradient Maps with shaped and gradiented masks to control the darkness and contrast of the tower.  

8 different masks were required to get the final outcome:
1) Main mask for the windows in the "Building Layer"
2) Two separate Black masked over White layer pairs with shaped gradients to achieve the shapes in the windows and in the sky.
3) Five layers of Gradient Maps with shaped and gradiented masks to control the darkness and contrast of the tower.  


Creating such images is pure fun and joy. Got questions? Want to learn more about my work? Feel from to drop me a line in the comments below.

... and stay tuned for more work to come soon.
Cheers,

Yuval

A New Era - wins 1st place on Black & White Universe by Yuval Shiboli

Proud and honored to have my picture A New Era win 1st place for contemporary photography May 2017 on Black & White Universe.


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The man in the frame is actually... Me :) 

I took this picture at the Negev Brigade Monument, Beer Sheva, Israel. The monument is a huge scale strusscture made by Dani Karavan in the 1960's. This picture was also curated by the 1x curation team.

It's been so long- The Making Of... by Yuval Shiboli

This shot features the lovers statue, part of "The Meeting Place"- a work of Paul Day situated in the St Pancras international train station in London.  

Artist Paul Day with his sculpture 'The Meeting Place.' Photos: LCR/Paul Day

Artist Paul Day with his sculpture 'The Meeting Place.' Photos: LCR/Paul Day

The huge, 20 ton, bronze statue is welcoming travelers arriving to London on the Eurostar from mainland Europe. It features a French woman (modelled by Day's French wife) and a British man falling one into each other's hands after being departed for a long time....
I liked the realistic approach and the contrast between the modern statue and the old red brick walls of the station in which it stands. 


Making this photo involved two challenges:

1) Overcoming the keystone effect created by the perceptive of shooting such a huge scale object from a very close distance. As I do not posses a Tilt-Shift lens I had to stretch my lightroom perspective correction skills on post processing :)

2) Creating feeling of depth and extracting the subject from the background without losing details on the interesting wall of the station. I used several different masks in Photoshop to be able to edit separately the couple, the wall and the windows.   

Here's the sequence in major steps and a nice video to put it all together: 

Original shot

17mm / 1/6sec / f4.5 / ISO100 

Perspective control

Lightroom

B&W conversion

Silver Efex Nik Plugin

Windows masking

Photoshop

Couple masking

Photoshop

Tones & contrast
seperate layers

Photoshop & Lightroom

The making of my picture "It's been so long" from original shot to final outcome.

I really enjoyed working on this image- it was a coll process from the moment I visioned it in my head to the final outcome.
Hope you enjoy it too.... Share your thoughts and comment bellow. Feel free to like and share.
Cheers