Pat Centeno  

Cleanup Efforts After Tornado by Pat Centeno

March 2020 - Cleanup Efforts After Tornado

March 2020 - Pat Centeno


About the Image(s)

How it was created: The photograph was shot yesterday with an iPhone about 1 and a half miles from our home in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. The EF-3 tornado left a path of devastation through this community. True to its nickname of the Volunteer State, clean-up workers of all ages showed up in force to deal with the aftermath of this forceful storm. While our part of the community was mainly untouched, this area north of us was hard-hit in the middle of the night, taking out homes, businesses, warehouses, schools and trees. I didn't bring my Canon camera (although I saw others who did) because I felt odd taking photos of the misery of our citizens. I decided to shoot this scene, because it seemed more upbeat that people were pitching in right away to get things cleared up. I only had to crop a little bit off the left edge and top. I left the loops of wire on the phone pole alone, as those were part of the repair efforts going on while I was there. After using Topaz Simplify's "Paint IV" effects, I lowered the setting for Details Strength to remove some blank places that appeared automatically within the wire loops. Going back into Adobe Photoshop, I masked back in some detail of the people in the doorway and inside the de-roofed area and also the small bulldozer. This was the most colorful scene I captured, as the sun was bright and other shots were bleak indeed.

3 comments posted

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Like Terry's image last month, this is very photo-journalistic and thought provoking. I love looking at images like this. It really gets me thinking about my place in the world and how I react to it. Great job at seeing this aspect. I will be thinking about this image for some time. And, I am glad that you are safe.
As far as the technicalities, I am glad that you cropped out the original wire on the top. I originally thought I would crop out the pole, but I agree with you keeping it in. The pole and it's shadow now create a sort of frame, with the house and it's clean up efforts taking center stage. Great job.   Posted: 03/10/2020 08:32:53

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I like how you have transformed the image! The stray wires from the pole at top point toward the house. I think you gave a lot of pop/impact to the image. I would have cropped off the right side to the pole and brushed out the wite at the bottom of the pole to create a framed edge.   Posted: 03/10/2020 08:42:42

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Great composition and you captured a meaningful event in the life of this community. I really like the way you used the pole and its shadow to create a wonderful leading line into the image along with the wood down on the other side and the wire on the pole going to the image,too. The painting gives it a artistic pop. Cell phones are a wonderful tool and you did a great job with capturing an event in time.   Posted: 03/19/2020 14:31:39


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