Bob Crocker  

French Horn by Bob Crocker

June 2020 - French Horn

June 2020 - Bob Crocker


About the Image(s)

Settings for this shot:
ISO 400, 1/60 sec, f10
This was a spontaneous shot taken at a local garage sale where there were several reed type horns selling. I only had my standard 35mm 1.8 OSS Sony lens on my a6500. I was attracted my the lines, shapes and shadows. I wasn't able to get 'macro' close so this shot was cropped for that closer and more abstract look. I tilted the image in post-processing because I wanted more diagonal lines in the photo. Horns were displayed under a canopy, shot in available light. Processed in ON1 with cropping, transformed to change the angle, black slider boosted to give a more clean even background. Dynamic contrast added to bring out the details, brought down the highlight slider a little bit reduce several hot spots. And a touch of vibrance was added to try to bring out the horns color.

There are many ways to crop the original to get different looks, so I attached the Original image for other members to experiment with if they want to

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

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
(Groups 80 & 95)
Bob, your crop creates a very captivating image of this French Horn. The angle, the clarity and the dark background really makes this image pop. Very artistic and technically well-done!   Posted: 06/19/2020 10:44:31
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
(Group 57)
Thanks Carol, I know it's a crop shot but since I couldn't get closer that day, I did what I could and found the horn an interesting subject.   Posted: 06/19/2020 16:43:51

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
The contrast between the black background and the bright brass creates an immediate visual impact. The diagonal twist adds a feeling of power and strength. Together they create the feeling of an abstract that makes the viewer have to commit to figuring out what the image is all about. This draws the viewer in and keeps them involved.

You did a fine job of creating something from nothing   Posted: 06/28/2020 08:33:59
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I forgot to mention---you did a good job of handling the highlights without blowing them out.   Posted: 06/28/2020 08:35:08
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
(Group 57)
Thanks Larry, I was really attracted to lines and shapes in this image, which I'm glad you visualized and appreciated. There were 'button' in the lower section of the photos that were blown out, so it was another reason to crop.   Posted: 06/28/2020 14:02:56