Thorro Jones  

Ranch flags by Thorro Jones

November 2020 - Ranch flags

November 2020 - Thorro Jones


About the Image(s)

Nikon D7500 camera with NIKKOR 18-140 lens at 70mm; 1/640 sec at f16, ISO 400, no filters, no tripod.
This photo was taken September 14, 2020 along State Highway CO-69 in southern Colorado. The ranch was found along a two-lane highway on our National Parks road trip to Utah. If you have the time take two-lane roads when traveling as they get you closer the scenery than just zipping by on an interstate freeway. I tried to capture the bright colors of the blowing flags while showing the isolation of the ranch windmill and water tanks. I used Lightroom “Auto” to adjust the Tone along with changing the Clarity to +10, Sharpening amount to 50 and the masking to 50. I then adjusted the Tone Curve to brighten the colors in the flags. I cropped the image slightly to further make the flags stand out. Any suggestions to improve this picture are appreciated.

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

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Thorro, I like what you did to bring out the colors on the backlit flags. It makes a lot of difference. That leaves the open plain and windmill backlit with an overcast sky.
You mentioned capturing bright colors while showing the isolation of the ranch. I think you did what you set out to do.
If you had permission to be on the ranch, it might have helped to reach over and unwrap the American flag to show the other letters of the sign.
Once you were there, you might have photographed the flags from the sunlit side and see what that looks like for a comparison. Jim   Posted: 11/02/2020 13:57:47
Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Jim thanks for the feedback and reinforcement in getting somethings right. It would have been great to fix the flag and maybe add a little separation between the flags and the windmill and water tank. However, I did not have permission to enter the ranch. I stayed on the highway side of the fence after reading the "No Trespassing" and "Video Camera in Use" warning signs.   Posted: 11/03/2020 10:32:59
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Thorro, that's very clear and covers it completely. Jim   Posted: 11/03/2020 10:49:31

Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Thorro I think you captured the bright colors of flags well.

I am not sure whether you were able to capture the isolation of the ranch windmill and water tanks because it appears that all seem to locate close by. Either a different angle or a different lens could have made the effect you were looking for.   Posted: 11/13/2020 19:16:53

John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski

Good seeing, even on a two lane road it could be too easy to drive on by. Backlit subjects are not easy to portray, and there is a lot of bright brush in this scene that compete with the flags. Other things to think about for post proc this image..... 1) Color select on the sky, and reduce its luminosity, 2) do a manual or object select on the flags so you could bring the brush and the flags up in color intensity separately and reduce that competition. Lastly, I would consider crop in from the left but preserve that post on the horizon, it will give the flags a greater share of the area in the image frame. Have a nice Thanksgiving.

Tab   Posted: 11/25/2020 20:17:50

Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
I agree that the color intensity or saturation of the flags could be increased. To my eye, the flags are the focal point, so they should pop a bit.

You might consider copping in a bit from the top left corner cropping out a bit of the sky as well as part of the left side.   Posted: 11/28/2020 12:48:42