Jerry Snyder  

Powerhouse by Jerry Snyder

October 2019 - Powerhouse

About the Image(s)

The image was taken at a shut-down steel mill in Bethlehem, PA.The interior of the building was dark, in spite of the windows on one side. Also, the luminance varied greatly from front to back. The image was made with a tripod-mounted Canon 6D and 24-105 mm lens set at 28 mm. The exposure settings were ISO 100, S=1.6 sec., f/8, and +2 stops exposure compensation. The exposed image was cropped in Faststone Viewer, then transferred to Lightroom for exposure and contrast adjustment, and increased clarity and vibrance before being converted to monochrome and finally light sharpening.

6 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is a great shot of an interesting subject. Everything is perfectly illuminated. It reminds me of this famous shot by Lewis Hine.   Posted: 10/03/2019 17:43:17
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Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I find the image very pleasing, but the ceiling is distracting me. I think the leading lines are great And the ceiling unnecessary.   Posted: 10/09/2019 17:37:55

Don York   Don York
I love these old steam engines, Actually as I was scrolling down this image I discovered that if you crop the upper portion removing the roof and girders you get a more simplified view which seems to direct my eyes more to the steam engines?   Posted: 10/11/2019 15:21:35

John Roach   John Roach
Jerry, I like your image for overall story, industrial muscle, history, tonality, depth of field. I think though the image can be enhanced with some lens correction, distortion and crop adjustments to tell the story without any distractions. I offer some visual feedback which subdues, but doesn't eliminate the ceiling and straightens and levels walls and ceiling lines so that my eyes goes all the way to the far end with out distraction. I do a slight tonal adjustment to aid in that. I hope you don't mind the offering.   Posted: 10/13/2019 12:47:31
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Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Yes, I think the converging verticals correction has improved the original. I would also agree with cropping the ceiling off, it's a bit distracting. John has increased the contrast a bit I think which I do like. I also wonder about the writing on the pipes at the left. Great humoour! but not what this photo is about I suspect, so I'd crop them off too. I'm a lover of steam engines and industrial heritage too, so I think this is leading to a super photo.   Posted: 10/15/2019 06:42:10

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
A very interesting shot. Yes, I agree, I think cropping the ceiling down helps significantly. I have mixed emotions about cropping the left. I think the graffiti, or whatever it is, adds a lot of interest in a print hanging on a wall, but a judge is likely to consider it a distraction. A little distortion correction and leveling, perhaps with the transform function in Lightroom, or similar, might be in order to correct that the camera was tilted down as it had to be to get this. A capture to be proud of. I would hang it on a wall or include it in a book.   Posted: 10/17/2019 00:32:41


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