In the middle of Centennial Park in the inner east of Sydney is a restaurant and kiosk where sometimes one can find musos like this.

Grayscale conversion to simulated infra red.

Featured in Jazzed Up Art Group 2009


white, black, park, australia, music, sydney, musicians, centennial


  • Daniel  Angeles
    Daniel Angelesabout 5 years ago

    This is an excellent shot. The black and white really adds to the Jazz feel.

  • Thanks Daniel. The original in colour just did not excite me but I thought the textures would lend themselves to a grayscale conversion. The real trick here was to soften the image a little giving it a timeless feel.

    – Alex Howen

  • mindym306
    mindym306about 5 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks Mindy. Now I have discovered you, I will more closely at your interesting images.

    – Alex Howen

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballabout 5 years ago

    really fantastic work Alex

  • Thanks. I hope I can generate more work worthy of that description.

    – Alex Howen

  • Andrew  Makowiecki
    Andrew Makowi...about 5 years ago

    Nice looking image Alex.

    I was interested in you saying you softened the image a little to add a timeless look. One thing that puts me off about digital is the edges are sometimes too defined compared to film. I shoot both film and digital.

  • That is exactly my point. I do not shoot film now although I have a crate full of my old gear. I miss film in some ways but love the flexibility of digital. Paradoxically, I often try to emulate film. Anyway, here I used the clarity control in Adobe Lightroom, decreasing “clarity”. I found this simple tool useful. For more complex changes I head to Photoshop.

    Thanks for looking and commenting. I enjoyed the interaction.

    – Alex Howen

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks. I am very pleased with this one.

    – Alex Howen

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiabout 5 years ago

    Really nice! Love the IR effect.

  • Thanks Denis. I do not have an IR converted digital camera body, so I have to resort to simulation.

    – Alex Howen

  • Ian Stevenson
    Ian Stevensonabout 5 years ago

    Excellent photo, the musicians have heaps of personality and they look great against the backdrop of the park.

  • Thanks Ian. I only had few minutes to get the shots as a function was about to start in the outside area. I was dressed in cycling gear as I regularly cycle around the park. I was curious about the music, checked it out and got the shot. The management were most suspicious of this smelly guy. Note I nearly always carry a camera.

    – Alex Howen

  • Veikko  Suikkanen
    Veikko Suikkanenabout 5 years ago

    Really lovely work Alex!

  • Thank you. Hard to keep up with you stunning Finish sunrise images! I still love musicians and sunrises.

    – Alex Howen

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature. I love photographing musicians, particularly jazz musicians. I am pleased to be in such good company in the JazzedUp Art group.

    – Alex Howen

  • rosson1
    rosson1about 4 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature. Your gallery is one of my favourites.

    – Alex Howen

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