Sheldon Wecker, QPSA  

Vulture Mine by Sheldon Wecker, QPSA

April 2021 - Vulture Mine

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken at the "Vulture Mine Ghost Town" in Wickenburg, Arizona. The mine (gold) was very active in the early 1900's, though I'm told by a Wickenburg resident that more money was made selling stock in the mine than from mining the gold. The buildings were abandoned and much of the machinery was just left lying around. The buildings were not safe to enter. Recently the site was "touristified" ... and though it is less authentic, it is safe to enter. This was taken inside the assay building. The artifacts are original, but not necessarily arranged they originally were. The challenge was to frame the photo to eliminate the information signs and labels that are there for the self-guided tour. Some were cloned out, some were cropped out, and some were left in but darkened. I liked the drama of the bright light coming through the windows and the resulting shadows. Exposed to just the edge of blowing out the highlights in the window. 30mm, 1/4 sec, f8, iso 400. Processed mostly in Lightroom, converted to monochrome (sepia) in Silver Efex II.

7 comments posted

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
There's a lot happening in this image. Perhaps, focusing on one area might increase the interest. Also, did you try a B&W conversion as well? I'd like to see it, if you did.   Posted: 04/04/2021 16:27:10

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
This is a really interesting image with lots to look at - something that competition judges often don't like! But for me this an image full of great parts. I like the sepia effect and the composition. I think the window area is still a little too blown out and if you cannot restore it I would be inclined to clone in some of the areas that are not. It would fake it historically but pictorial might improve it as that very bright area does draw the eye.   Posted: 04/06/2021 04:55:21

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
From what you described you put a lot of work into it. Nicely done. There is one area in the photo which attracts my eye (and my wife's) which is the item on the floor up against the bricks. What is it?   Posted: 04/06/2021 05:42:17
Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Thanks for the comments Joe. I've attached the uncropped image. I think the item you are referring to is just a banged up piece of metal, perhaps an old paint can lying on its side with the bottom ripped open. If I zoom in, I can see the spot where the bail would attach to the can, and it looks like a can "double seam" at the top and bottom.   Posted: 04/06/2021 07:58:29
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Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Now I can see it more like a can. I also feel that the crop on the bottom could have been a little bit lower which would of given more depth of field. I originally thought the block was part of the floor. Still a really nice photo and I can appreciate the amount of work it took to get the labels and info signs out of it.   Posted: 04/08/2021 19:28:03

John Hackett   John Hackett
First thing I must say is that the sepia effect is very subtle and I like that, too many sepia conversions are too red for my taste.There is a lot for the eye to take in the room is full of detail. The widow area is a little bright. But I like it.   Posted: 04/16/2021 09:44:15

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
An interesting project with a pleasing sepia coloring. As already mentioned, the over-abundance of detail and the bright window are somewhat distracting.   Posted: 04/20/2021 07:16:15


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