Bob Barley  

Sunrise on the Plains by Bob Barley

March 2020 - Sunrise on the Plains

About the Image(s)

Standing proud in the mid-summer morning light, the elevator waits for the rail cars that will take its contents to market. Cropped and adjusted with Snapseed. I think most significant impact resulted from adjusting luminance with the curves tool.

15 comments posted

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Bob, Looks like you produced an image that could not be done any better on a Big Boy DSLR. Great editing. Love the composition. I assume that the grain elevator is still in operation for the local farmers?   Posted: 03/03/2020 09:10:10
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thanks, Jerry. I also shot this scene with 35mm BW film. I like that version, too. The elevators are very much still in use in this small town on the plains. See also my note to Richard below.   Posted: 03/07/2020 11:16:54

Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
The polished rails show that the tracks are still in use so the elevator most likely is too.
The color contrasts work beautifully.   Posted: 03/05/2020 16:51:38
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
The rails are in use. Right after I snapped this shot, I heard a train horn behind me. I turned to see the engine about three blocks away. I quickly (!) stepped off the tracks and watched the train pass from a safe distance.   Posted: 03/07/2020 11:11:08

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
The vertical lines contrast so well with the tracks which lead through the frame into the far distance.Super detail in pebbles, cross ties and building.   Posted: 03/08/2020 17:21:03
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you, Sol.   Posted: 03/17/2020 13:28:37

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
The tracks and building all lead to the elevator. Early light really makes for a strong image.   Posted: 03/09/2020 21:25:18
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you, Dave. And as others have said, thanks for heading up our Group. You do a great job.   Posted: 03/17/2020 13:27:59

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I like how you used the RR tracks to lead off into the distance. Nice warm morning light on the building. Your vignette puts the focus on the tracks and building. Too many people killed standing on RR tracks, be careful.   Posted: 03/13/2020 13:47:05
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Absolutely true. When that train horn sounded, it was a bit of a surprise! I wasn't in any real danger, but if there hadn't been a crossing a few blocks away, I might have been. A lesson learned.   Posted: 03/17/2020 13:26:57

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Photograph perfectly spells the bleak isolation of this stark elevator positioned in its barren landscape waiting for arrival of train. Mid morning sun's glow only cheerful element.   Posted: 03/14/2020 19:58:06
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for you comments. I enjoy how you use words to describe and enhance a scene.   Posted: 03/17/2020 13:22:39

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
My Group 32 is monochrome, so I am always on the lookout for candidates for conversion to monochrome. Your fine image looks best in color to me, but here is the monochrome conversion, just for discussion--no changes except de-saturation to monochrome.   Posted: 03/16/2020 14:44:43
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Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for your interest and comments on my image. I also enjoy monochrome. I occasionally submit BW images to this group, and I generally do a "test" BW conversion on most of my shots. Sometimes I like the BW, and sometimes I prefer the color version. As I mentioned to Jerry above, I also captured this scene with 35 mm Ilford HP5. That BW film has excellent contrast and adds some lovely grain, too. I'll have to start following Group 32. Thanks.   Posted: 03/17/2020 13:20:15
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Bob, you are kind to visit my Group 32. Remember there are about a dozen monochrome groups in the DDs.   Posted: 03/17/2020 14:19:04


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