Jerry Snyder  

Burnout by Jerry Snyder

September 2020 - Burnout

September 2020 - Jerry Snyder


About the Image(s)

The image was taken mid-day on a winter day of a local road. As I was driving down the hill, the patterns of the shadows of the power lines were too much to resist. So I stopped at the bottom of the hill to take a picture. The tones were adjusted in Faststone and further in Lightroom. The exposure settings were 1/800 s, f/5.7, and ISO 100. The camera was a Canon 50D shot hand held at 55mm. A copy of the original image is attached for reference.

9 comments posted

Don York   Don York
Great positioning of the car right in the middle of a loop!   Posted: 09/07/2020 10:54:06

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Jerry, you have a great eye to of seen this and visualized what you wanted to do with it. I can imagine you standing there waiting for that car and blasting away at a high frame rate and picking one where the car is right where you wanted it to be. You accomplished it very well. You might want to darken the vegetation on the right side of the road to be more like that on the left.   Posted: 09/09/2020 05:41:10
Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
Stan, I did even out the tones between the dark shadows on the left and bright sun on the right. In my opinion the image would depart from the reality I saw if I had darkened the grass on the right any more. I feel like the lighter grass at the top right, where the grass slopes up from the street, compared to the slightly darker grass near the speed limit sign where the ground slopes downward, emphasizes the angle of the sun.   Posted: 09/10/2020 09:30:03
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
As the chair of a "reality" division, Photo Travel, PTD, I appreciate your comment. You are certainly correct, but you do not necessarily need to retain reality in PID or PPD. This is your option.   Posted: 09/10/2020 09:37:17

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
You have got to love repeating lines!!!!! You have a great eye to see this and the skills to successfully capture it. Well done.
  Posted: 09/11/2020 14:25:38

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
The shadows on their own would have been uninteresting, and the well-placed single car makes all the difference to produce a satisfying picture.

I think I would crop a little off the bottom as I find the oblique line a bit distracting. Ditto the sign with writing on it, the clone tool would improve this I think.   Posted: 09/11/2020 16:38:26
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I think I agree with Stuart, is this a foreground object or a distraction. In present form it is vey strong. Perhaps just crop to leave some of it in the lower left corner.   Posted: 09/11/2020 18:37:50

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
My first I thought was "How could those be real skid marks?" I too find the composition very compelling and have no problem departing from reality by darkening the right and also eliminating the distractions near the bottom right by cloning them away. I would not crop it.
I feel that it took me too many years to be comfortable with what I consider creating art rather than being dissatisfied with reality. My camera is just the first tool I use and I'm always looking and learning new ways to express myself while building on that tool.   Posted: 09/14/2020 17:36:07

John Roach   John Roach
I like the spontaneous capture and the wonderful line created by the shadows. I think it works well except I would love to see the sign go way so that it doesn't add a distraction to my view of the shadow pattern and their lines in relation to all other road, curb, guard rail lines, etc. The tonality is quite nice and I find the image works.   Posted: 09/15/2020 13:46:38


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