Jim Hagan  

Vista House Reflections by Jim Hagan

January 2020 - Vista House Reflections

January 2020 - Jim Hagan


About the Image(s)

The Vista House is a beautiful building that overlooks a bend in the
Columbia River. It is maintained by the Oregon State Park and a group of
volunteers. I photographed a stairwell in that building (1/80, 80MM, f/10,
ISO 100) as I liked the glow from the stained glass windows. But, I never
cared much for the image. However, I just converted the image to mono and
could hardly believe the improvement. Other than converting the image to
mono I did little in post processing except to remove a few distracting

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Removing color brings out the strong lines and patterns, but the scene lacks a visual focal point. Something - camera bag? - at one end of the bench would break the symmetry and give our eyes a place to stop.   Posted: 01/07/2020 15:17:33
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Allen, I agree. An empty bench is not particularly interesting so I have added a man sitting on the bench. And, I have eliminated the drinking fountain and change the title to Vista House Meditation.   Posted: 01/09/2020 07:02:21
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Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Your addition is much more interesting than a camera bag.   Posted: 01/09/2020 11:48:43

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
What did you use for your conversion, Jim?   Posted: 01/07/2020 15:31:23
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I used the Nik Silver Effect conversion filter called full contrast and structure. I found this filter sometimes introduces a lot of noise which I then selectively remove.   Posted: 01/08/2020 18:39:21

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
I'm a sucker for shooting empty benches. There's something about them that feels lonely and expectant. I think your monochrome processing of this image really brings those kinds of emotions out.

I've shot that same interior a number of times and have not found my photos very satisfying. I don't think I ever tried converting any of them to black and white. I'll have to go back to my catalog and take another look.   Posted: 01/08/2020 12:57:18

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
(Group 4)
I like the image as it is. The empty bench is a starting point for the eye to appreciate, and then to go round the end and down the stairs to what....? It is the mystery of what is beyond that holds the attention. If you must put something there, please NOT a camera bag. That would spoil the mystery and intrigue of the image.   Posted: 01/16/2020 07:19:31

Lisa Hlavinka
I love an empty bench and really like this photo. The serenity of the scene is beautiful and appears to reflect the beauty of the location.   Posted: 01/18/2020 17:57:09

Victor Wasilov   Victor Wasilov
I like both versions. To me they make a great sequence. I first see an inviting location to sit down, relax, and enjoy the view, the the second image completes the story with a person doing just that. I feel that having these images together in one frame would incorporate time into the story. To my eye the original image has excellent contrast, interesting texture, and very nice exposure. Well done on both images.   Posted: 01/27/2020 09:33:03