Bob Barley  

Down by the Stream by Bob Barley

August 2020 - Down by the Stream

About the Image(s)

The power plant was built in '36 and decommissioned in '76. It's now a classroom for energy conservation topics. The bridge over the stream was added in 2019 as part of a bike/walk trail system and a revitalization of the area. I liked the intersecting lines and the variety of textures.

7 comments posted

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Great angle for shooting the image. Your lower position near the water gives an excellent position for the bridge to the buildings. Wonderful exposure. I always have trouble on how much of the bottom of the image to include? Your title "Down by the Stream" is good. I can imagine the sounds of the rushing water. So glad that the buildings are being put to good use.   Posted: 08/02/2020 08:34:15

Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
I like the crossing lines of flow with the water moving right to left and the bridge doing the same, but at cross angles.And then the wall and walkway going left to right. The result keeps the viewer interested. I count at least 5 ways a person could enter this scene and ditto for the image. Neat!   Posted: 08/04/2020 09:41:33

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Your description really enhances the story of this photo, so to speak. The angle connects an area that once was an industrial setting to what is now a recreational area. The angle provides a good view of the water. I agree with Jerry, I often struggle when capturing water. Do I go low to create that unusual view or high to show more detail of flowing water. Did you experiment and try different water angles or were you pleased with this photo?   Posted: 08/04/2020 14:58:19
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
If I understand Jerry's comment and yours, too, you are asking why I left so much water at the bottom of the image. It's a fair question. I tried cropping up a bit, but that shifted the emphasis away from the stream. I wanted the stream to be important, so I used this crop. So, it's just a personal choice. I also tried a BW conversion with lots a contrast, but I like the early morning colors, so I kept this version.

Thank you for your comments.

  Posted: 08/07/2020 21:14:35

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
The smoke stacks, rock embankment pattern, windows, bridge design and fence give the eye lots of patterns to analyze and follow. The moving stream and puffy white clouds and blue sky provide pleasing border of industrial elements.   Posted: 08/10/2020 07:34:56

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I like that you got down low by the stream and included as much of the water as you did. The perspective of looking across at the rock wall and the angles of the bridge leading to the building are a nice flow for the eye moving through the image.   Posted: 08/11/2020 16:37:35

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
The bridge , with its color, ties the left and right side of the image together. So that's where the eye wants to be. Cropping some off the water would help that. I like the repeating lines of the bridge, the stacks and the windows of the building.   Posted: 08/11/2020 18:50:27


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