Jerry Snyder  

Mouth of the Furnace by Jerry Snyder

February 2021 - Mouth of the Furnace

About the Image(s)

My monochrome image for February is attached. The image is from a shed where coke was fed into an iron furnace. The scene was dark except for the sunlight streaming through the boards and the illumination of the brick chimney. The exposure on the cart was increased to make it more visible and part of the subject. The exposure settings were f/8, 1/13 s, and ISO 640. A focal length of 18 mm was used to capture the environment and the camera was tripod-mounted. The image was straightened and converted to black and white monochrome in Faststone Viewer. Minor cropping was done to reduce the impact of the shed doors. Significant sharpness was lost during the resizing process. I am looking for suggestions to overcome this. I have tried Topaz Sharpen AI with moderate success but the loss of sharpness is still apparent in the resized image.

7 comments posted

Don York   Don York
I like the bright diagonal light streams that take you into the image. The barn doors show good texture in the wood. The wagon is appropriately exposed. The arch containing brick work is a great focus.   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:18:26

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Jerry, lovely composition! Full of drama! All created by a beautiful blending of light & shadow.   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:39:18

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
It looks pretty sharp to me, Jerry. A super shot, telling a good story.
I would have taken an HDR bracket and seen if that could improve the picture, by revealing is bit more detail in the dark parts of the interior. But I often do that and find I prefer just the one, best-exposed image. But nothing is lost by taking them!   Posted: 02/09/2021 17:33:37

John Roach   John Roach
This is a nice image...just wish the shadows were opened a tad. The geometry of the image and the subject tells a story that keeps me within the image and again, as you often do, gives a perspective that is one of total honesty to your subject. I very much like how you capture the light seeping through the slates of wood and striking the wood floor.   Posted: 02/15/2021 09:33:59

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Very interesting composition, lots to hold my attention.

I have two additional Topaz filters to suggest within Studio 2, precision detail and precision contrast. A couple times when I needed detail in a big enlargement for a client, I resorted to working pixel by pixel. It worked. Most other times when I have a composition I like that lacks the detail I want, I'll work with the original color image and make it painterly.   Posted: 02/18/2021 23:10:36

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I think this is an excellent image. I was glad you used a title that explained it. I don't see any major problem with the image being soft. The boards are important and need to be sharp. The furnace is important but being in the background you can get away with a little soft. I am not sure why resizing would cause a problem. Perhaps you needed to crop in a lot and that can be a problem. Since you were on a tripod you could take the shot with a slower shutter speed and shut the aperture down more. That might improve the sharpness throughout. Being on a tripod I would normally shoot a shot like this at a variety of exposure combinations and and maybe focus points and make a decision on my computer when I get home. Surprising the difference it can make sometimes.   Posted: 02/19/2021 21:25:00

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Jerry, I like the extreme contrast and that you were able to bring back the detail of the wagon while leaving the rest of the interior dark. I see detail on the wooden doors then back thru the darkness to the brick chimney and slats of light on the far wall. With the bright lines of light on the floor, my eye goes round and round enjoying the the image with no need for detail within. It seems sharp to me.   Posted: 02/25/2021 15:52:02


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