Helen Sweet  

Hastings Bldg. by Helen Sweet

February 2021 - Hastings Bldg.

About the Image(s)

As with the previous four months, this is from our July 2019 trip to WA state. In charming Little Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula, many Victorian buildings constructed in the late 18th Century are still well maintained The waterfront and downtown comprise a National Historic Landmark. This, the Hastings Building, 1890, is said to be the most beautiful.
In PS, I reduced the key stoning by using edit > transform > skew. With the clone tool, I removed telephone wires. I cropped the image and would have cropped more to eliminate some sky and bring the viewer's focus more onto the building but decided to leave the flagpole. Unable to locate my collection of clouds to add interest to the bland sky, I used a bit of blue from the lower left to paint a vignette. Sony 6300, 18mm, f/6.3, 1/640 sec.

6 comments posted

Peter Curcio   Peter Curcio
Helen, very nice photo. The angle that you captured the building adds depth to the image and the trees and sky in the right provide a contrasting color. I appreciate removing the telephone wires as it makes the shot very clean.   Posted: 02/19/2021 13:30:02

Bob Scott   Bob Scott
Beautiful building with nice colors. I would crop in to remove the tree (or clone it looks like it might be a tough crop) that is cut off by the corner and I would crop out or otherwise deal with that small range spot on the lower left that looks like it could be part of a sign or light in front of a store. I might try a crop between the rear of the car on the left and the full car next to it   Posted: 02/20/2021 19:16:33
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thanks everybody. Removing the tree on the right is an easy crop as is the light on the left. Don't know how I missed them. I did actually darken the woman a bit. cropping off the half car on the left is also a good suggestion as I would retain all of the adjacent bldg.   Posted: 02/22/2021 14:30:58

Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
It is lovely the way this image captures the grace and elegance of Victorian architecture. It makes me believe there are many mysterious stories in this Grand Dame that want to be told.
One possible edit would be to remove the woman in the crosswalk, or subdue her in some way, as I think she is more of a distraction to the building's story than a contribution to it.
Love it!   Posted: 02/22/2021 14:15:04

Howard Frank   Howard Frank
Nice sharp image with good color. Good job with adjusting the straightness of the building. I would probably increase the brightness on the entire image a bit and crop out the second tree on the right side.   Posted: 02/22/2021 14:22:05

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Beautiful capture of the historic building. The colors and the architecture of the building are beautiful. I would brighten up the building a little bit more and darken the sky a bit. Also the perspective of the building seems to be a little bit off. This can be easily corrected by photoshop.   Posted: 02/23/2021 23:19:50


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