Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Williamsburg lock by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

November 2020 - Williamsburg lock

November 2020 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

This image was taken in early January on a trip to Norfolk, VA to visit daughters and grandkids. I liked the detail and scratches in the old lock. I thought that the red color was a distraction so went with monochrome. It was taken with my Nikon D7500 and Nikon 18-300mm lens at 175mm, 1/640th second, f10, ISO 400. I used Topaz sharpen to bring out more detail. I then used NIK Silver Effect Pro and the Yellowed filter 2 to convert to monochrome. I then rotated the image. While looking at the image, I decided that I did not like the dark line in the now, lower right corned so I removed it.

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9 comments posted

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Tom, love your subject & your edit. I am sure this old unique lock has lots of stories to tell. The shadows are nice, B&W adds to this interesting image. My only suggestion (if possible) is to show more of the lock in the upper right corner would help to see the subject, but that is just me. You made a good choice...   Posted: 11/02/2020 21:47:44

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Hi Tom, this is a great job. I liked and learned from all your choices: switch to monochrome, rotation, removed the one line. The detail is great and is part of the story. How about telling us about the exact place and situation of this piece of hardware.   Posted: 11/04/2020 12:38:44
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Willimsburg, VA, while visiting in the Norfolk, VA area.   Posted: 11/05/2020 15:29:12

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
I, too, am intrigued by old locks, and have numerous photos of them. I think your choice to rotate this image was effective to improve the composition. I'd likely prefer the lock itself and the wood behind it to be a little bit brighter to increase the contrast between it and the wonderful, deep shadows. I tried to attach an example, but there seems to be a file compatibility issue that I'll have to revisit to see if I can figure out.

Your image last month was another one I missed in my comments then. Sorry about that! I liked the pose and thought you did a really good job fixing the hot spot on the belt. As you and others mentioned, I, too, think the background would benefit from some blurring to bring more attention to the subject.   Posted: 11/09/2020 23:44:33
Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
I figured it out. Here's the image I brightened and changed from a warm to a cooler tone. You can see what you think.   Posted: 11/10/2020 01:05:18
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thank you, that does look good. Your image brought out more of the key entrance. Looking at that, I might crop off some more off the top to make it more of a center of interest.   Posted: 11/10/2020 10:10:17

Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
Tom, your vertical version and slight crop works well with me. You made an ordinary picture look interesting. Did you convert the image to a slight sepia tone? It looks like that on my monitor, while Jennifer's version is pure bw.   Posted: 11/11/2020 06:18:19

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Yes, I did to make it look more like an old photo.   Posted: 11/12/2020 09:05:41

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
The conversion to mono really works for me and the rotation helped enormously. The yellowing is a nice touch and that preset puts a suitable border on as well. I like the heaviness of the tones and I found Jennifer's a bit too light. A good image and the sort of picture I take as well.   Posted: 11/16/2020 09:02:31