Stuart Bacon, QPSA  

Old Farm by Stuart Bacon, QPSA

August 2019 - Old Farm

August 2019 - Stuart Bacon, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This was difficult to find as the directions were vague, "after getting on 395 drive about 3.5 miles then turn left on the dirt road. At the Y keep right for a couple of miles until you come to the farm. it was worth the adventure as I found the deserted farm buildings great "photo opts." This one was taken before I entered the property as it was a nice overview of the buildings, trees and surrounding hills. I used my converted Nikon D50 with a 18-150mm lens set at 65mm. I did the usual bracketing of exposures and for processing used 1/1250 at f8. Converting to b/w was in Topaz BW Effects then in P/S added contrast, burned the foreground and did some overall brightening.

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7 comments posted

April Kao   April Kao
This image is a good overview of the area; good contrasts, many layers of texture. The only thing I would like is to see the barn stands out a bit more as the focal point, other than that; it's a beautiful image.   Posted: 08/08/2019 01:18:22

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
Yes what a find this is Stuart. I'm sure there are tons more images in this by moving around it and isolating different parts. As it stands it's a great image. For my part I feel the far hillside is a bit light and somewhat eye catching taking the emphasis away from the farm building and trees. You should be able to darken that area down easily an improve this lovely setting.   Posted: 08/10/2019 06:11:00

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I love that tonality that is in the background. Do wish there was more light on the barn and other structures to make them the focal point. It is very easy to overlook them. Really nice scene!   Posted: 08/11/2019 17:08:24

John Roach   John Roach
(Groups 52 & 64)
Well done.   Posted: 08/13/2019 18:26:55

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Unfortunately I find my eye being drawn out of the picture by the buildings and fence on the right of this image. It makes me curious about what it was on the right that made you decide to cut off the picture at your chosen point. The farm buildings seem interesting in themselves and I wonder whether a close up of them, albeit that this would mean eliminating some of the beautiful landscape in the background, would have produced a more satisfactory image.   Posted: 08/14/2019 09:26:26

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I think the overall tonal range in this image is good; however, the brightest part is the hillside behind the buildings and my eye wants to go there immediately and stay there too long. I think this could be addressed by brightening the main barn, as in my opinion, it is the real center of interest. I also think that a small crop on the left - up to where the tree begins - would give the image a more balanced feel   Posted: 08/14/2019 09:45:45

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice and sharp image. I like the way your eye just goes into the image.
  Posted: 08/22/2019 15:43:46