Jerry Snyder  

Bethlehem Steel Arches by Jerry Snyder

November 2019 - Bethlehem Steel Arches

November 2019 - Jerry Snyder


About the Image(s)

My monochrome image for November was taken at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA on a bright July day at the site of the former Bethlehem Steel Mill. The stone and brick arches appear to be supports for former buildings that have been mostly demolished. I was attracted to the multiple windows formed by the arches. I adjusted the color saturation and brightness in Lightroom before converting to monochrome and cropping to remove some distracting elements. The original image is attached for comparison. The exposure settings were 1/200 sec., ISO 100, at f/8, shot at 50mm with a Canon 6D.

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6 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I think this is an interesting picture with its layers of distance. The texture is nice, good sharpness and tones as usual.

However I find it a bit confusing still. I think I'd be ruthless with the clone tool and reduce it to 3 or even 2 layers of arches, maybe a bit of the right to give some diagonal perspective, but getting rid of trees, the dissimilar background building, the square dark pieces on the second row of arches, etc. That would allow the texture and shapes to be more prominent.   Posted: 11/08/2019 02:14:15

John Roach   John Roach
The textures, Stuart, and overall tonality are very good. I think the image doesn't work for me very well, since I don't know what to focus on given how busy it is with the varying elements within the scene. I also find it seeming to tilt some down toward the left.   Posted: 11/10/2019 15:50:14

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
The textures and detail in the rocks is excellent. It is interesting that the sky through the arches is white with no detail, but I think that just makes the sky not distracting and I like it, there is plenty of detail in the rocks. I am struggling about what to say about the composition. Somehow, I think it should be cropped on one end or the other. I think I would prefer keeping the three main arches on the right, but I think it should be simplified a bit.   Posted: 11/10/2019 16:44:09

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
There is a lot for me to like as I study your image.
I think it may be interesting to even present any one of the arches alone, except for the leftmost one. That one, I would crop for an image of five arches. Yes, I find the trees a bit distracting.   Posted: 11/11/2019 06:57:09

Don York   Don York
I guess I am the only one who likes the panorama presentation, although I agree that there are several pictures here depending on how you wished to crop. The tilt to the left could easily be fixed. I would crop off the left partial arch.   Posted: 11/12/2019 09:45:06
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Another good example that these are only opinions and there are many treatments of an image that will appeal to different people. consider the comments, but your feelings about the image are the most important. I do feel that if you are competing with images you need to consider what others might think, but other than that it is your image to enjoy and share.   Posted: 11/16/2019 22:33:14