Get Pushed Round 33: Featuring Bart Martens


In the 33’rd round of Get Pushed, there were some pretty impressive images added to the group pool. One of my favorites, Wooden Piano Keys, was an excellent photo submitted by Bart Martens.  The challenge was to “use textures in post processing…[to]apply a texture in post.”  The use of texture and contrast made for a great photo! He has agreed to answer a few questions about his process in taking the photo below.


"Wooden Piano Keys" by Bart Martens

“Wooden Piano Keys” by Bart Martens

SP: The image is nice and sharp! Could you tell us some of the settings (shutter speed, ISO, aperture…) that you used?

Bart: I always shoot aperture priority (except for moving targets or flash photography)

Floor board: ISO2500, f1/5.6, 1/50s.
Piano: ISO100, f1/2.8, 1/160s

SP: What gave you the idea to use piano keys as your basis for a texture?

Bart: The piano was sort of a last minute decision when I was about to leave a friends’ home. I did not change settings from some baby portraits I had shot at wide aperture. If I would have paid more attention I would have shot at f/8 or so for more depth of field…. on the other hand, now the reflection is more subtle.

SP: Could you tell us a bit about your post processing for this shot? How long did it take you to complete it? What blend modes/techniques did you use? 

Bart: Initial post processing was easy and quick:
– wood shot made into duo-tone for more even shades in lightroom
– the piano was given a bit more contrast and then I overlaid the wood (multiply) in PhotoShop Elements.

I then masked the keys and had version 1 ready. This version got some comments that the reflection (not that visible on my laptop) was clearly of white keys.
Picking up the challenge I stretched the wood into the shape of the reflection and mask it. This was the tough bit. I made another extremely contrast-y layer of the piano so I could see the reflection during the masking.

SP: How do you think “Get Pushed” helps you to loosen up some in photography and get out of your comfort zone into new things?

Bart: Before “Get pushed” I mainly shot flowers and wildlife. Now I have gotten into street photography more, peaking in starting a “100 strangers” project. I have done some self portraits and look at more different situations as photo opportunities. So I really try to join every month and play the rolling challenge every now and then.

Thanks for answering our questions, Bart! Congratulations on a very well done shot!

If you liked reading this article, or seeing a sample of some of the great shots in the Get Pushed pool, you might come on over to our group on Flickr! 


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I'm a photographer living in the rural areas of West Tennessee. I enjoy landscape work and portraits. I also enjoy experimental work with studio lighting and external flash. You can find me on Flickr and Google+.

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