Stuart Bacon, QPSA  

Farm Ridgeway, CO by Stuart Bacon, QPSA

November 2020 - Farm Ridgeway, CO

November 2020 - Stuart Bacon, QPSA


About the Image(s)

It is rare that a scene "grabs" me while driving but I had just driven the Owl Creek Pass Road photographing the beautiful fall colors so looking for a "scene" from the drivers seat was still going on. Fortunately there was ample room to pull off the highway and set up for both color and IR. I made four exposures with the converted Nikon D 50 camera at f 8 with the 18-250mm tele lens at 78mm. At home i first put all four exposures into Aurora HDR and emerged with a nice final image to work with. Conversion to b/w was in Photoshop with slight adjustments with the red and blue sliders. Then added contrast and slightly burned the foreground in front and beyond the fence as well as the edges.

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5 comments posted

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
To me this is a very pleasant pastoral me a sense of calm in troubled times. I'll bet it was beautiful in color as well. You did not indicate your aperture setting, but you have obviusly stopped it down enough to get it sharp all the way back to the mountains. I see a good tonal range from black to whites with plenty of mid tones. The gap in the fence lets my eye move smoothly into the mid-gound and on to the mountains. I think the slightly darker immediate foreground keeps my eye in the image. My only suggestion would be to add a slight vignette.   Posted: 11/14/2020 08:23:39

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
A lovely scene, I particularly like the fence which adds interest in the foreground. I think the building in the distance is also an important element. My eyes are drawn to this and then upwards to the mountains.   Posted: 11/15/2020 13:56:47

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Wow, this is so cool. I love the sense of scale that the middle ground brings to the mountains. There is such a wonderful array of elements here. The fence helps ground me and I can see the vastness of your scene. I think it is wonderful. Well done!!   Posted: 11/16/2020 10:35:57

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice, I like the different layers of the image, foreground, middle ground, and background mountains.   Posted: 11/19/2020 11:07:01

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
An exposure focused on the mountain at 78mm and f8 has a near focus of about 114'. Have you tried doing focus stacking? Images focused on the mountain, one on the trees and one on the fence and then stacked would have yielded a final image with much more impact.
Also did you align the images before going to HDR? There is movement shadow in the fence.   Posted: 11/23/2020 14:32:29