Paul McLaughlin  


Different Eras by Paul McLaughlin

September 2020 - Different Eras

September 2020 - Paul McLaughlin

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Details: 50mm lens, ISO 100, 1/120, at f/8.7
For the past six or eight weeks I have been trying to stop by the Boston Fish Pier to catch one of the boats unloading. No luck on the unloading yet, but I have found several opportunities, including this this month’s image. The Boston waterfront has gone through a Renaissance and I liked the image of the weather-beaten equipment against the backdrop of modern buildings.
I was trying to emphasize the winch and net by reducing the saturation of the background to the point where it was almost colorless, making the signs on the building illegible. I tried to bring out the rustiness of them metal surfaces and added a small amount of rust to the backside of the winch.


6 comments posted




Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
I think as an image without most of the top, the reel of nets is a great image! I would darken the bits of buildings left so as not to direct attention to them. Maybe though to accomplish your objective of old vs new, looking up at the building with the nets as a smaller part of the image. The buildings should be brighter and the nets darker as well in that case.   Posted: 09/09/2020 16:22:03



Les Tyler   Les Tyler
You did a good job toning down the buildings, I think you might want to bring them down a little more and crop off some of the top,my keeps going to the buildings.   Posted: 09/11/2020 16:11:17



Grace Lee   Grace Lee
interesting! i never note it. You have good eyes for detail of daily life ‘‘ also i would make background to dark and blur a bit   Posted: 09/15/2020 09:14:16



Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Interesting subject of this image. The winch and net are colorful and attracted my eyes. Except you tone down the building also I would blur them a bit.   Posted: 09/16/2020 23:17:51



Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Maybe keeping with your original intent of contrasting weathered-beaten equipment against modern urban landscape, you might consider converting to black and white, a split tone or just converting the buildings.   Posted: 09/20/2020 16:36:58



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Interesting idea of the old and the new. You did a good job of cleaning up the building, getting rid of the writing, and toning it down. Since the buildings were kind of monochrome anyway, I tried Rich's suggestion to make the building B&W.   Posted: 09/21/2020 13:48:33
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