John Erve  

Grain Elevator Manifold System by John Erve

August 2019 - Grain Elevator Manifold System

August 2019 - John Erve


About the Image(s)

I saw this system of manifolds on a set of grain elevators next to a dock in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. Although I am not sure their purpose, I found them interesting and also liked that they were lit by the sunlight...I am curious what others think.
Tamron 18-400mm lens at 1/1000 sec. f/5.6 135mm with ISO 800. Processed with Topaz BW.

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8 comments posted

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Hello John!

I like this industrial image and your development of it. I like the tonal range. I have a liking for reading images from the left and I have thus given you a flipped version for you to consider and I have cropped a little bit of the wall so there is less area with no interest in (accepting that this makes the side pipe go). What do you think?   Posted: 08/06/2019 12:08:55
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John Erve   John Erve
Thanks Adrian for your constructive suggestions. The only time I have used the flipping technique was for a completely abstract image. For me, in this image I don't feel this a major improvement so I would keep it as is. I also think the added tubing in the corner adds a little extra interest which is why I kept it. I find it very interesting how everyone has their opinions on cropping and flipping!   Posted: 08/12/2019 16:39:38

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I really like the repitition of lines and the overall sharpness. I agree with Adrian's crop. The extra piipe really is not part of the interest. The trouble I have with Adrian's flip is that the beam that gives a nice leading line is pushed to the background. I might try brightening that beam just a half stop. I would also brighten the sunlit zones a little as well.   Posted: 08/06/2019 15:21:35

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Hi John,

First - I love the Tamron 18-400 - that is my go-to lens for both travel and around town shooting.

This is the first time since I joined the group (sometime in the dark ages I think) that I actually like the color version better than the B&W version. Still it makes for an interesting monochrome study, though this is probably an image I would have passed on since I tend to like more of a story telling image, and I cannot find one in this image. I suspect I have missed many good images for that reason, but …

I do not agree with Albert and Adrian about the flip and, but I think Adrian's crop of the image was good choice. I like your version because there is not too much of interest in the lower left corner so my eye is drawn through the image to the main difference, the assembly on the right - so I get a natural flow through the image. With the flipped version my eye tends to stop at the pipe assembly (now on the left) and there is not much that draws my eye into the rest of the image because of the essentially repeating pattern of the rest of the pipes.

As I see it, the processing including light, contrast and tonality are all very good.

Thank you for sharing it with us.   Posted: 08/06/2019 18:00:32
John Erve   John Erve
Thanks Ed for your comments. This picture was inspired by Hila and Bernd Becher who photographed industrial architecture around Europe and North America starting in the 1960s. I saw some of their photographs here in the SFMOMA. I think these are more documentary than story telling.   Posted: 08/12/2019 18:11:16

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
I like your image without the flip John, as the big pipe leads into the scene. The little ladder does indicate a story telling element to me as I imagine how a person has to climb that to check on things! I really like the repetition of the pipes and the sharp focus.   Posted: 08/07/2019 15:12:11

Don Crow   Don Crow
I like your image a lot. It's a very strong monochrome with excellent tonal range and contrast. I also think the fact that the repeating pattern is not perfect. I would not crop or flip.
Great image
Don   Posted: 08/12/2019 14:49:42

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
The tonalities in the tubes are just excellent, John! They are my favorite part of the image. Beyond that, I'm feeling that if I shot this, I might have tried for a shot perpendicular to the scene - which is sometimes advised against for being too static, but here, might have made the image more about the patterns and tonalities...but overall, a very interesting scene, well presented in black and white.

  Posted: 08/13/2019 20:50:27