Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Iowa Buggy for Two by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

June 2020 - Iowa Buggy for Two

June 2020 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

Iowa Buggy for Two

The image was taken in the area near Iowa City, Iowa. It was taken with a Nikon D7200, Nikon 18-200mm lens at 150mm, 1/800th second, f5.6, ISO 200. I liked the 2 young men in the buggy and the horse looking toward us as it was turning. The background is the countryside. The wide angle lens blurred the background and haze in the atmosphere added to the background's soft look. I converted to monochrome in Photoshop and tinted it.

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8 comments posted

Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
Hi Tom - to me, it was an excellent choice to make this image tinted.The color version is pretty straight, bleak colors and perhaps not drawing too much attention. The minute you switched it to monochrome, and in particular the choice of sepia, rose it from a bit ordinary to really catching my eye. It added atmosphere, and could have been taken fifty years ago...
In my book, well done!   Posted: 06/03/2020 15:39:07
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thank you, welcome to our group.   Posted: 06/04/2020 06:46:22

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Yes, absolutely perfect with the sepia toning, making it a period shot. I love the young fellows' straw hats and smiles.
Also, good idea to leave a lot of space in front of the horse--I see you shot it that way.   Posted: 06/06/2020 10:16:53

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree with everything that has been said. Carol used to have these kind of shots and I always liked them. So you are carrying on her interest. It always amuses me that the horses seem to have their legs crossed and their heads sideways and this one appears to have only 3 legs! The sepia has removed the background distractions, though I would darken the buildings some more.   Posted: 06/07/2020 05:53:55

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
I love the expressions on the faces of the boys. It is so nice to see "happiness"!
Gloria   Posted: 06/07/2020 09:35:17

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This is a great shot, not because of what everyone has said here already; the expressions on the boys, the choice of sepia (great choice), but also because of the sharpness of your subject matter. Love the horse - particularly how the hooves pick up the dirt on the road. I can feel the dust and grit...!

Maybe darkening the buildings a bit would be ok, but overall this image is great. It really takes me back in time. Nice job!   Posted: 06/10/2020 17:32:54

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
Creating the image into a monochrome raised it up from a nice picture to an absolutely perfect monochrome. This kind of image brings me back to when I lived in New York and made several visits over the years to the Amish country. Well Done.   Posted: 06/12/2020 16:51:43

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
You've done a nice job composing this image, and the buildings in the background help with the context. I agree with Diana that I believe it would help for the background barns to be a little darker to avoid drawing my interest away from the young men. I attempted to make an illustration, but just ended up getting brown barns, so I gave up on that.   Posted: 06/29/2020 00:01:56