Andrew Hersom, PPSA  

Two Horse Power by Andrew Hersom, PPSA

November 2020 - Two Horse Power

About the Image(s)

This was taken at steam engine rally at the Driffield Agricultural Showground about 10 years ago. I thought the 1 HP steam engine next to a 1 HP horse made it a slightly more interesting image.
I slightly intensified the image using dehaze in LR, lightened the shadow areas - that was about it. I wondered about a crop off the bottom to remove the red valve - what do you think?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I love all the colors in the photo. The red valve is too bright and the crop of very tight on both sides. Those wheels keep your eyes moving through the picture
  Posted: 11/18/2020 07:23:58

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Andrew, nice idea putting together two horse power. You might intensify the colors of the one horse power sign to make it more obvious. I like the repetition of the circles. You might tone down and diffuse the background to make the horse and machinery stand out more.   Posted: 11/18/2020 09:19:08

Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
Hi Andrew, I agree with both Catherine and Henry about the red valve being a distraction and the crop being too tight. Are you familiar with the content aware clone tool in PS? Perhaps, you might try cloning it out, if that does work make it a selection and drop the saturation.   Posted: 11/18/2020 16:30:21

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Andrew, I agree with the other comments already made. I find this a very busy image and wonder just where you are asking me to look.   Posted: 11/20/2020 15:44:57

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I didn't notice the red valve until everyone mentioned it. My eyes were kept busy looking at all the wheels. It is a bit busy, but that's what was happening.   Posted: 11/24/2020 09:15:20

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
I've been thinking about this image for a while. I find photos that tell stories or work on visual puns very difficult to construct, so my first reaction is hats off, you did it!
I agree it feels like it's cropped too tight and the red valve is distracting. I would clone out the red valve and the human to the far left.
But more important than that, the eye doesn't naturally travel to the "one horse power" sign which is key to the viewer "getting" the story (we assume that such a complicated machine would end up being more powerful than that). So first off I would try to make that sign brighter, redder, so that it stands out. The other thing I might do is clone out the lettering along the side of the wagon, (the name of the company and the address). The reason I suggest that is that my eye starts with horse's white ankles (and that distracting red valve) then travels to the right, which means I focus on reading the address. I then start wondering who these people are, where is this set, and why are this horse and wagon important? By the time I get to the "one horse power" sign I'm "out" of the narrative and miss the joke.
So to sum up my suggestions: loosen the crop if possible. Clone out red valve. Clone out address. Brighten "one horse power" sign. If you are not hung up verisimilitude, I would even enlarge the one-horse power sign and composite it back in over the original, to make it just a little bit larger. I would also give the image the title "One Horse Power," for the distracted viewer who might miss it.
I've watched you created these images that tell stories over the couple of years I've been in this group. You are getting better and better at it, so I hope you keep making these.   Posted: 11/25/2020 02:52:22

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
This is basically a snapshot from about 10 years ago when I should have known better! I wouldn't take this sort of shot now.
I should really have taken this from a better angle; perhaps with more confidence I might have asked the owner of the horse to move it.
I agree about cropping/cloning out the red valve, not sure about the lettering but something to consider later.
Thanks for your comments - much appreciated.   Posted: 11/28/2020 11:11:50