Stuart Bacon, QPSA  

Palouse Hay Bales by Stuart Bacon, QPSA

October 2019 - Palouse Hay Bales

October 2019 - Stuart Bacon, QPSA


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Stuart Bacon
Fri, Oct 4, 6:18 PM (19 hours ago)

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The recent PSA Conference in Spokane offered numerous tours to the beautiful Palouse area, some for sunrise others for sunset. For sunrise one had to be on the bus by 5 AM! PSA engaged Rad Drew to lead the tours as Rad has lead numerous tours of his own in the Palouse so knows both the obvious photo locations as well as some on back roads that would be overlooked by photographers traveling through the area. The hay bales was taken with my converted Nikon D50 using a Tamron 18-250 lens set at 63mm. The exposure that was used was 1/1250 at f8. It was opened in RAW with contrast and clarity added then in P/S converted to b/w with the P/S controls. A bit more contrast was added before I said, "Enough is enough."

4 comments posted

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
The hay bales and lines in the field make a strong pattern. I think the image could be improved by eliminating the sky altogether and taking out the bale to the far left in the distance. Alternatively you could crop the left hand side so as to make the main focus of the image the three bales leading to the rather lovely cloud in the sky. A touch more contrast might also add to the image. This image has great potential and I think it is worth experimenting further.   Posted: 10/11/2019 11:10:15

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I am puzzled by the settings you chose for this image. To me the scene, where the only thing that could have been moving was the clouds, would not have led me to choose such a fast shutter speed. Also, thinking about depth of field, it seems like an aperture between f/11 an f/16 might have produced a sharper image. Looking at the composition I feel the strongest part of the image is on the right so would suggest cropping it as indicated in the visual feedback image I am submitting.   Posted: 10/13/2019 11:37:03
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Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
The trips on the Conference must have been very interesting Stuart even if you did have to get up early!! You have produced a good pattern image with all lines leading away to the left. I do like the cloud and feel that it helps the feeling of vastness in this huge field of bales. My only crit would be that the image is made up of mainly mid tones and feel it could do with a bit of a lift giving some life to the clouds and perhaps some depth to the lines leading away. You could try curves to get an effect, then brushing out on a mask
that which you feel is not needed.   Posted: 10/17/2019 06:35:27

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Interesting scene but it looks to me to be a bit on the dark side. I would like to see more tonal variation. Also agree that cropping may bring enhance the overall composition, think this scene is very pleasing!   Posted: 10/17/2019 07:48:32


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