Kirsti Näntö-Salonen  

The Escape by Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

October 2020 - The Escape

October 2020 - Kirsti Näntö-Salonen


About the Image(s)

Last week a member of our camera club got us a permit to explore some old houses abandoned thirty years ago.They are situated in the outskirts of an industrial complex that has changed owners several times, and somehow been forgotten to decay and vandalism. Once, there were several well-kept little houses, a small meeting hall and a tiny doctor½s office for the employees and a sauna; now it is a ghost village waiting to be demolished. This is a view from a window of the meeting hall.

Fuji X-T2, zoom 18-55 mm, handheld. Focal length 55 mm, f/11, 1/60 s, ISO 400. In Capture One, I adjusted the blacks, whites, highlights and shadows and in the color editor, the reds and the blues. I turned white balance a little warmer in the outside view and colder for inside, In Luminar 4, used the ”Dodge and burn” tool to darken the edges of the broken window pane and added some vignette. I think that it looks like someone - or something - has left the building in a hurry, so I named it ”The Escape”.

We plan a new excursion to the site on Halloween, so you may see if the story continues…

9 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Kirsti. I'm sorry, but, I cannot fully appreciate your vision for this image. I see the broken glass part of the image and perhaps a broken piece of glass below. The trees outside also do not seem sharp, but its just too small to determine. I believe that you might of had a problem with your export because the image does not enlarge when it is clicked on. Total height should be 1050 dpi. I'm also not sure why you have that black space at the bottom of the image. I also think it's possible that PSA computer might not of sized properly considering all the black around the edge of the frame. Can you export again?   Posted: 10/12/2020 14:45:52
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Bob! First, thank you so much for your advice with cropping "The Shaman", I learned today that it was accepted in the National Exhibition (they selected 300 out of 1500 candidates, so I feel quite happy!)

About the present picture, I know that it is a difficult one. I am probably biased by the emotions associated with the shooting situation and cannot see that it it does not open to others the same way. What I have in mind is a dark inside of a haunted house with cold colors and just a hint of furnishings, and the broken glass between the sane real world with warm colors. I think that it can also be looked at as abstract, with the rectangles and triangles with different colors coming out from the black background

The forest is not thoroughly sharp (cannot be with many layers of branches and f/11), and actually there is one disturbing darker fir branch on the right.I made another version: (1) cloned off the branch .(2) Made the forest clearly blurred (the Mystical filter in Luminar + some Glow), (3) tried to make the idea of escape clearer by adding a hint of swirl on the window. Now it has a wild twist that gives it some impact? What do you think?
I will attach the new version and the original again.   Posted: 10/14/2020 14:10:02
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Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Original again   Posted: 10/14/2020 14:11:09
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Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Kirsti. I like the image above that is lite with sunlight over this most recent original. I just can't get my brain around all that black around the window. Sorry. Just the outside with broken glass at bottom of window and the piece below on the shelf. I know you had a vision but if the viewer isn't able to grasp it then...Maybe it's just me?   Posted: 10/16/2020 17:01:04
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Bos, thanks for putting so much thought into this one! I like the second version better, too. Have to confess that I kind of like the black effect myself although I understand that it is probably all wrong... I Will try to bring up something nicer next month!   Posted: 10/17/2020 13:48:36
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Kirsti. It's not wrong because you should be shooting for yourself and if you like it then that's perfect. You just have to accept that not everyone is going to agree with you if you shoot and submit something that others may not appreciate. You see where we are the only two submitting comments. Lets see what happens over the next week or two.   Posted: 10/17/2020 14:59:53
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Bob, I know... I am presently doing the online courses that demand rather disciplined work, so I have shared with you here the wilder experiments, based much on a trial-and-error-type approach, and it is very valuable to learn what works for the viewer and what does not - and what maybe could be done. I think this is such a wonderful forum!   Posted: 10/19/2020 15:13:07

Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Kristi, Bob is correct - it doesn't matter whether or not we like it, do you like it? That is all that matters. I am stuck on the title and trying to relate it to the picture and the backstory. Like you were with mine :-) I think the story would be in the abandoned houses and the secrets they hold. I can imagine the escape from the darkness of the abandoned houses to a ray of sunlight in the trees outside, but I can't make it fit this picture. It is interesting. Sorry I didn't respond sooner, my new skin is still healing and I can't do much stretching of it yet and typing does that. Congratulations on Shaman getting accepted!   Posted: 10/19/2020 10:03:16
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Jeri! I love your analysis of the atmosphere! The house has been much on my mind, and I would like to capture the visions it holds in a way that they could preferably be mediated also to others. I have a lot of pictures to work with, and may pester you with other attempts in the future...   Posted: 10/19/2020 14:41:01


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