Jerry Funk  

Old Mining Equipment by Jerry Funk

September 2020 - Old Mining Equipment

September 2020 - Jerry Funk


About the Image(s)

The motel in Amargosa Valley, NV near Death Valley had enough old, rusty mining equipment to keep one busy for hours. I enjoy enhancing the colors, but in this case, the textures and shapes were of primary interest to me. I edited it solely in Lightroom 6. Just before sending this I straightened it slightly. That's so easy to forget.

I would appreciate hearing alternative ways to treat this image and or improve my interpretation. Thanks.

Google Pixel 4XL, ISO 54,1/2900 sec, f1.7, 4.38mm
I may have overridden its auto mode to avoid overexposing the highlights, a unique feature of this camera. Even the morning sun is very intense there.

7 comments posted

Don York   Don York
Lots of details to take in. I would back away a little and try a recrop of the original to include the cylinder for the belt drive.   Posted: 09/07/2020 10:46:40
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I considered that option, but felt it distracted from my primary area of interest.
Thanks   Posted: 09/07/2020 12:07:46

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Interesting, I looked at the mono image and the original color and held up a paper to see where I would crop it and came to a similar conclusion as Don did. I think I like seeing enough to understand it better. Sort of like pictures of cowboys with 10 gallon hats, you don't need to include the whole hat to tell the story. That applies here. I feel that if you include the whole cylinder you include too much background, but if you crop just to include the end of the shaft, you have the whole story and not the distracting background.   Posted: 09/09/2020 05:24:21

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
If you were going for grunge you achieved your intention. Cropping out the drive belt wheel made me ponder the image a bit longer than if it had been present. To me, the image tells the story of wood and iron going back to mother earth.   Posted: 09/10/2020 09:10:14

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I'm quite happy with the square crop, although a tiny bit of the pulley would do no harm I think. However the stark contrast on the drum (wood or rope?) seems to me to be too great, it almost looks solarised.   Posted: 09/11/2020 16:17:59
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
You too have given me additional incentive to make another variation of this photo. My original attempts with lower contrast didn't appeal to me.   Posted: 09/11/2020 21:46:01

John Roach   John Roach
I find the color version more appealing for a story. I find the mono version weirdly contrasty such that I don't see enough definition in the light areas of the device. I suspect that is partly because I am not sure what I am seeing. Is insulation, fibrous material of some sort, an armature (that doesn't make sense...just not sure what it is and the light areas on it is very disconcerting) or what. Thus, I fall into the line of thinking of Don and Stan that seeing the cylinder for the drive build does give me some context and lets me say to myself, "ok, I am not sure what it is, but a pully is involved in some way to move and perhaps it doesn't matter what all that fibrous stuff is. Again, the original color is a better story and it could always be cropped some to focus on those rotating elements.   Posted: 09/15/2020 13:40:00


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