Peggy Reeder  

Backcountry Cabin by Peggy Reeder

March 2023 - Backcountry Cabin

March 2023 - Peggy Reeder


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken several years ago in Louisiana at a historical village. I believe it was intended to represent a backwoods or swamp dwelling, possibly a typical Cajun cabin of years gone by. Rural Cajuns lived off the land, fishing, hunting, and doing some farming, and might live in a simple cabin such as this. My main editing for this image was done in Nik's Analog Effects Pro because I wanted to enhance the grungy look with dust and scratches and a dark vignette. I also used Nik Color Efex Pro to add more light to the table as though it were coming through the window. A final step was to add a stroke to both the original and final, using a color from the finished image.

5 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
You did a very nice job of processing this image. I think you achieved exactly what you intended. Personally, I like the natural look of your original. With some processing, I suggest it would look great with the light streaming in and the shadows lightened. Just my personal flavor but yours is wonderful, too.   Posted: 03/07/2023 09:44:37

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I agree with Mike - I would like to see less orange, a little more light from the window like the original and less from the walls and such and a little more white in the snow. However it is a good rendition. Nice job.   Posted: 03/07/2023 14:08:13

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Great image! Can't think of too much wrong --except maybe to agree with Marti regarding a bit too much orange saturation. Very good placement of all of the objects in the room, and the eye is led straight to the table top, sort of a still life within a still life. Great recovery from the shadows.   Posted: 03/07/2023 15:57:55

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
I echo the previous comments and I really do not mind the orange tones, I think of it as the color of that time. At times we deliberately change to sepia or other tones for a special effect. I especially compliment you for the detail you brought out from the washed out window.   Posted: 03/08/2023 18:05:09

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
Where the Crawdads Sing come to mind as I read your description.

I am trying to discern the light source and resulting shadows of your edited version. It feels like someone "turned on the lights." The original photo indicates the light source is the window. If this is the case, the items on the table, the edge of the window and chair seat would be lighter than the rest. I suggest darkening the the areas not naturally lit by the light.   Posted: 03/20/2023 09:08:26


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