Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  

Hobbit House by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

March 2020 - Hobbit House

March 2020 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA


About the Image(s)

This is a fun image that I have been saving for the March round in honor of St. Patrick's Day. I found this whimsical structure on the edge of a small park in Hot Springs, AR. I shot it up very close first because it is surrounded by parking meters, signage and a trash can; another reason is because I wanted it to appear larger than it actually is. It was shot with a 830nm conversion camera and a wide angle lens. I made three exposures at 1 2/3 stops apart. The image posted as original is actually the HDR which was created in NIK HDR Pro2.
I did a channgel swap, created a curvers layer for adjustment and reworked the bottom so the base on which the structure is mounted is not apparent, then removed the structures on the bottom right. It was converted to monochrome in Silver Efex Pro.

12 comments posted

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
So cute and unusual. It does remind one of St. Patrick's Day!   Posted: 03/14/2020 12:31:06

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
The "house" is very unusual and worthy of a picture. My first thought was that it was a house designed by a committee! Until one reads the write-up the viewer doesn't know just how big the building is as it could be normal size. Because of the IR, it stands out against the tree in the background so there isn't anything else to draw attention away from the structure. You did a good job in eliminating whatever it is on the right edge in the original. I like it because of the novelty of the building.   Posted: 03/14/2020 15:37:58
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Stuart. I must have driven through this park a dozen times before I saw this little house. Once I discovered it I was fascinated and made up all kinds of stories about it. I don't think I will frame it and hang it on my wall but I may find a fun use for it some day.   Posted: 03/14/2020 16:05:25

John Roach   John Roach
(Groups 52 & 64)
Fun subject and your tonal control and composition is wonderful. The leaves are well done. Sometimes IR leaves aren't sharp enough. These are nicely presented.   Posted: 03/16/2020 11:17:21
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, John. Your feedback is important to me.   Posted: 03/17/2020 14:27:01

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
A very interesting image, very fun.
I like the contrast, and the trees also look very nice.
Like you cloned out the building and put in the trees.   Posted: 03/17/2020 11:11:32
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Nelson, thanks for your positive comments. I am not sure what the future of this image is, but it is nice to know that others find it as amusing as I do.   Posted: 03/17/2020 14:27:54

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
(Group 45)
Love your treatment of this little house. I especially like the leaves on the tree. Great job!   Posted: 03/17/2020 22:06:49

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
(Group 88)
For me this image shows great creativity in subject capture and in post-processsing. I like the sharpness of the details in the house and the different texture that it has from the trees. I think an Aunt of mine once lived in that house!   Posted: 03/19/2020 09:57:44
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Let me guess which one...   Posted: 03/19/2020 12:48:15

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
As you say this is a fun image. The house reminds me of some of the dilapidated barns I photographed while touring Oregon and Washington a few years back. It is very sharp, as all your images are, and the house stands out well from the tree in the background. Great work.   Posted: 03/19/2020 11:42:03

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
This is a super image like out of a child's fairy tale. It's a little crooked house out of a nursery rhyme, can't remember which one!! Love the quaint misshapen windows and lopsidedness of the house. Textures are showing up great and backdrop of silvery leaves helps project it. Nice that you have got rid of the building on the right. This is a winner Sharon. Try it in a Salon!   Posted: 03/23/2020 04:39:12


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