Kirsti Näntö-Salonen  

The End by Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

September 2020 - The End

September 2020 - Kirsti Näntö-Salonen


About the Image(s)

I took this picture in May in an old industrial area partly turned into an open-air museum. The railway was originally built in 1907 to serve a prosperous paper mill. They still have a modern paper factory in the area, but the original complex was abandoned, and the now useless tracks just end in the middle of what is gradually becoming a forest.

Fuji X-T2, zoom 100-400, focal length 100, f/4.5, 1/480 s. The lens was not optimal, but I happened to have it on for birds at the moment and just could not be bothered to change it for what I did not then think would make a good picture anyway. Basic adjustments were done in Capture One 20. The background was awfully busy. I turned the photo into black-and white and started to browse the Topaz Studio Looks to find a way to eliminate the disturbing elements and bring out the shadows and lights and the nostalgy of pursuits of Man coming to an end and Nature finally taking over. I ended up with the look ”BuzSim Split Toning” which essentially adds a quad tone with the shadows darker brown and the highlights lighter sepia, colored edges and abstraction by simplifying size to details, and a vignette with lighter edges.

4 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Kirsti, I like your composition. It's sharp and will serve as a point in time historical record to when you could actually see the tracks. I had to go into Topaz as I don't remember every seeing "BuzSim" and sure enough it was there. I generally just go to my favorites. I just added BuzSim to my favorites. It uses quite a mix of filters and looks, most that I have not experimented with. Back to your image, I have conflicting views. The light path next to the tracks on the left leads my eye to nowhere and the tracks lead my eye to these dancing pine trees that do not give me enough depth. Your vignette and sepia tone add to the old historical nature of your subject.   Posted: 09/05/2020 19:49:50
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Bob, I do agree with you on the problematic composition. I only had this one frame to work with. I think that a wider angle lens would probably have helped with the perspective. I think that one could imagine the footpath and the left-side track leading to the left upper corner and disappearing to the unknown, and extrapolate that the right-side track curves to join them.   Posted: 09/10/2020 12:29:03

Joan Field   Joan Field
Actually, I prefer your original. I don't think it's too busy. What happens with the remake is that a lot of the subject becomes muddy, especially the trees, and the differentiation of the tracks ending into the forest becomes less clear. The three bright areas between the ties in the upper left lose the concept somehow of the rr line gong into the forest and district my eye. I find the fuzzy areas in the front and middle of the tracks also distracting, I'm sorry to say. This photo, IMHO, is not a candidate for the type of procedures you used. Maybe just changing the original to monochrome would be enough. Forgive me for being so blunt, but that is how it struck me.   Posted: 09/19/2020 15:19:28
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks Joan, no need to apologize, these comments are of the most valuable kind! I did start with several versions in monochrome, toned every possible way, but was not happy with any of them, and then tried to see if something could be resqued by other tricks because there were some elements I was quite fond of. I guess it is a skill to know when to just accept that something is not going to work!
  Posted: 09/20/2020 15:39:53


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