Michael Nath  


Gas Station by Michael Nath

April 2021 - Gas Station

About the Image(s)

Attached is my image for April for Group 31. It is a traditional black & white image taken with a 4x5 field camera on Bergger 4"x5" sheet film (ASA 200) using available light. I used a spot meter on the left side of the front wall of the building to determine the base exposure (data not recorded) and gave the film N+1 development in HC110 dilution B. I scanned the resulting negative and adjusted the tonalities using NIK Silver Effects Pro 2 to produce the final image.


13 comments posted




Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Michael - an accomplished image, well exposed and post processed. I have to say that I do not find the subject matter that appealing, but each to his own of course.   Posted: 04/07/2021 09:21:40
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Peter, I appreciate your honest opinion.   Posted: 04/07/2021 17:01:21



Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Michael: Just out of curiosity when was this image shot? From it's content, it doesn't look that long ago...In any case my impression is that of an oasis to stop at while driving at night. A rather familiar and welcoming place to stop for a short visit. To my eye, it seems a bit over exposed, but processed well. This image is very different subject matter but, did capture my interest.   Posted: 04/08/2021 06:41:44
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
This was taken in 2018 and the location has not changed. Glad you found it interesting.   Posted: 04/08/2021 12:23:55



Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Michael: Just out of curiosity when was this image shot? From it's content, it doesn't look that long ago...In any case my impression is that of an oasis to stop at while driving at night. A rather familiar and welcoming place to stop for a short visit. To my eye, it seems a bit over exposed, but processed well. This image is very different subject matter but, did capture my interest.   Posted: 04/08/2021 06:41:55



Ed Ries
Hello Michael. The image establishes a mood for me: late lonely night in an unfamiliar location where the light is a welcoming beacon. I find these types of images interesting. I might have tried to reduce some of the glow around the Phillips sign.   Posted: 04/09/2021 14:45:00



Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Ed.   Posted: 04/10/2021 11:30:28



Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Very well done image Michael. Your handling of the photo is excellent. I would not have altered anything. I don't find the corona pattern on the Philips sign objectionable.   Posted: 04/11/2021 08:07:20
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Paul, I appreciate it.   Posted: 04/11/2021 11:36:54



Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Michael the crop so makes it for me,exposure wise an incredibly difficult image to pull of and for me you did it there is nothing out of everything sits really well within the image and an important record of social history for me.   Posted: 04/14/2021 13:17:02
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Ian, I appreciate the compliments. For me as a former teacher, this type of image was useful as an example for my students of the Zone System of exposure and development as described by Ansel Adams. Any time I am using a large format camera (as with this image) I am using the zone system of exposure and development as it gives me the control to "pull off" (as you put it) these types of exposures relatively easily. The best part for me is that it is applicable to color work as well and makes any post processing in Photoshop much easier.   Posted: 04/14/2021 13:52:48



John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
An effective usage of the zone system.
An unusual subject. It reminds me of a filling station I used regularly when living in Leeds.......   Posted: 04/14/2021 15:06:51
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you John, I appreciate it.   Posted: 04/15/2021 20:11:58



 

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