Paul McLaughlin  


Vermont Garage by Paul McLaughlin

December 2019 - Vermont Garage

December 2019 - Paul McLaughlin

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This is a photograph I took in 2018 and have had quite a bit of difficulty in post-processing. Most of the difficulties are based in my relative inexperience in Photoshop, Lightroom, and other tools. I went out and drove around in rural Vermont on a Sunday morning and stumbled across the car and garage. The car appeared to have been used in a demolition derby at some point, but had been in the garage for some time. I took the image at 1/180, f/6.7, with a 24mm focal length and the ISO was 100. I have gone back to this photo dozens of times trying to improve it. I have cropped it, played with the brightness and contrast, and removed what I felt were distracting elements.... mostly wires and trash. Looking for suggestions for next steps.


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9 comments posted

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
An interesting building and car. I am glad that you straightened it and added some detail in the garage area. I wish that you had left some of the nice greens that are in the original. To me, it makes a good contrast with the old building and car. Without knowing what you are trying to accomplish, it is hard to make suggestions.   Posted: 12/13/2019 17:22:56

Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
Your photo would have more impact if you kept the area around the barn dark and lighting the car and barn as you did. The barn roof should be darkened as well. That would put the focus on the car and siding.   Posted: 12/15/2019 22:22:25

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Comparing with original it much improved.
You adjust background around the barn too bright. I would have inside the garage lighter to retrieve more detail. lighten the barn and car is good, the old tree should darker or convert to sepia as antique mood.   Posted: 12/17/2019 23:54:28
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Tony Tam   Tony Tam
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Grace Lee   Grace Lee
A interesting photo! I agree with all your suggestions.   Posted: 12/19/2019 20:48:04

Grace Lee   Grace Lee
A interesting photo! I agree with all your suggestions.   Posted: 12/19/2019 20:48:05

Grace Lee   Grace Lee
A interesting photo! I agree with all your suggestions.   Posted: 12/19/2019 20:48:05

Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Drawing attention to the car and interior of the garage is key here Grace. Seperation techniques like darkening what is around or elsewhere in the image, thus drawing attention to the subject as it will be brighter. Other methods of obtaining seperation methods involve either: having the subject more in focus; sharper; with saturated color; contrast. Also maintain color in subject, and convert the rest to b&w.   Posted: 12/20/2019 11:58:27

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Thanks everyone. The advice has been very helpful.   Posted: 12/28/2019 12:08:50