LuAnn Thatcher  


Gate by LuAnn Thatcher

November 2020 - Gate

November 2020 - LuAnn Thatcher

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About the Image(s)

I like the texture of the peeling paint against a rusty gate. I remember the day we moved into our house, and we painted this gate in the front horse pastureā€”my how time passes quickly. The original image was a jpeg and I didn’t make a copy I edited the original; shame on me, I should have shot in jpeg and RAW.

This image was taken in May 2020 with a Fujifilm XT2. Settings were: ISO 640, shutter 1/250s, aperture f/8, lens 80mm macro, focal length 112mm equivalent. I believe I also used a 1.4 Fuji teleconverter.

I processed the image in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 after using Topaz DeNoise.

Process: Filmtype- Adox Silvermax 21, I adjusted brightness, contrast, amplify white & blacks, soft control, structure, and grain to my liking. I like borders and vignettes though using them in competition is not a good choice.


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11 comments posted




Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
LuAnn, like you I really like images of old, rusty metal. And, your image is a fantastic example of why photographs of this type are so appealing. Your post-processing is outstanding. I love the tones that you obtained and the "dark feeling" that you're so accomplished at producing fits this perfectly! I also think your camera settings were excellent. You managed to keep every bit of the subject in perfect focus while blurring the background. Nicely done!

My only minor suggestion pertains to cropping. I think that trimming a bit off the left side might enhance the image. I'll attach a sample of what I did to try it. Somehow (to me) it seems to further emphasize both the wonderful spider web as well as the strong diagonal. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 11/01/2020 07:39:10
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LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Excellent, Oliver, I really like your edit! A tighter crop on the left took the bit of light off the post and really improved the balance of light in the image. I have taken a second look at using Nik Silver Efex and after watching some video's I am figuring out how to use it better. I really like the film simulations features.

Best regards,
LuAnn

  Posted: 11/01/2020 11:34:05



Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 47 & 66)
Wonderful, minimalist image LuAnn. While the rusty textures are nice, it's the way you've framed and cropped the diagonal here, with the soft and non distracting background, that makes this special for me. Congrats on making such a compelling image out of an everyday object.   Posted: 11/07/2020 17:38:36
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thank you, Jack, for your kind words and visit to group 62!   Posted: 11/07/2020 19:18:18



Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
LuAnn

I like simple shots. They are easier to see than do. Marvelous texture and tonality in your shot. The background provides nice contrast to what I would call a gusset, the triangular piece of metal used to strengthen corners typically.

I wonder how many purple walked by this metal part and never gave it a second look.

Regards

Emil

  Posted: 11/10/2020 13:30:34



LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Emil,

Thanks for your comments. I too enjoy simple shots.

As far as how many people walked by this metal part? Probably not many. It is the front gate of my horse pasture so it is on private property. I have 3 more gates maybe they will look different. Maybe with the 7" of snow we are suppose to get this gate will look different tomorrow.

Best regards,
LuAnn

  Posted: 11/10/2020 14:17:26



Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
LuAnn,
a close up of a rusty gate - sort of right up my alley. I really like the way the texture comes through on this - I want to reach into the frame and see if I can't feel that peeling paint. I agree that your edit is full of tonality and works to emphasize the character of the rusty metal. Thanks for sharing!   Posted: 11/10/2020 18:49:07
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thanks, Leah, for your comments. I am glad this image was so well received.

You know, every time I look at this image I think I see an Angel fish with the spider web in its mouth. Crazy I know.

Have a great day. We just received a dusting of snow tonight; wonder what kind of monochrome images that will make.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 11/10/2020 20:04:40
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thanks, Leah, for your comments. I am glad this image was so well received.

You know, every time I look at this image I think I see an Angel fish with the spider web in its mouth. Crazy I know.

Have a great day. We just received a dusting of snow tonight; wonder what kind of monochrome images that will make.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 11/10/2020 21:09:06



Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Very nice LuAnn. I'm sorry for coming to the party late. I caused a big problem with my LrC and have bee working to repair for last week. Now your image, I agree with Oliver's cropping. I definitely like the peeling paint, the rust on the lock and the texture created by the galvanized metal and the spider web. I thought about the hi lights in the background and I might of tried to tone down the brightness, but I'm not trying it and it isn't very distracting. Since the subject is dark, I might of tried to brighten up the background and evening out the background, or slipped in a rusty texture. Now I did it, I can hear you yelling at me now. You probably won't accept that. I wonder what might of caused that lighter area. Light grass or snow in the distance? I know your editing was limited by only having a jpg image. Thanks for contributing a very fine image.   Posted: 11/11/2020 21:05:07
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Bob,

I am sorry to hear about your Lightroom problem; I hate it when that happens. No fun indeed.

You have me chuckling, I would never yell at you, my friend. I will have to give a texture a try; that is an awesome idea! The white in the background is the sunlight on the pasture. I was thinking the brightness behind the gate brought depth to the image since the gate was a darker tone.

I wish you well and a quick recovery from your broken Lightroom. I don't know what is worse for a photographer to have your camera stolen or your editing software broken.

Best wishes,
LuAnn   Posted: 11/12/2020 05:04:02