Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Abandoned barn by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

August 2020 - Abandoned barn

August 2020 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

This was taken a few years ago in Nova Scotia. It was taken with a Nikon D7100 and Nikon 18-300mm lens at 21mm, 1/400th second, f11 and ISO 400. I straightened the image some and reversed the image. I reversed it to have the tree be a strong limiting edge, and I also like the effect of the tree branches coming back over the barn. I converted to monochrome in Photoshop and used the blue slider to bring out more of
the clouds.

7 comments posted

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I thought that the contrast needed changing so I went back to your original and tweaked the colour sliders even more so the clouds went darker and the grass lighter. Then since it still needed greater difference between the darks and lights, I used dodge and burn to make the barn front and the veg in front much lighter and the dark bits of cloud much darker. Is this a step better ?   Posted: 08/06/2020 09:14:39
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Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
I think your tweets added even more drama to the image, it worked well for me. And the lightening up of the grass made the image stand out more.   Posted: 08/06/2020 09:47:10
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Yes, what you did is an improvement. Thank you.   Posted: 08/06/2020 14:10:00

Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
Tom, the mono version is much better than the color one. And I fully agree that the branches over the barn makes a very nice, and important impact. But, sorry for my ignorance - why did you reverse the image? (I read your comments, but still there is something I did not get?)   Posted: 08/06/2020 09:55:10
Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Tom, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the reason for reversing images like this one for those of us who are accustomed to reading from left to right is that large framing objects, such as the tree here, that tend to stop or interrupt eye movement feel more natural on the right. That way, they effectively push the viewer's eye back into the image. Those same framing elements on the left risk interrupting and distracting the viewer just as he/she starts to examine the image, making it take more time and effort to get to the subject.   Posted: 08/12/2020 23:25:58
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Jennifer, you are correct. Your explanation is better and more complete than mine was.   Posted: 08/13/2020 07:47:37

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Yes, love the way the tree contains the old barn, and stops the eye's natural movement from left to right.   Posted: 08/09/2020 23:37:05


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