Oscar Pung  

Stall Door Latch by Oscar Pung

November 2019 - Stall Door Latch

About the Image(s)

Photographed this latch inside an old barn at the local botanic garden. It is a single exposure taken in natural light (shade) at 1.3 sec, f/16, ISO 100, 100 mm macro lens, tripod. Experimented with several different f stops and angles before settling on this one. Used Lightroom for post-processing, mainly to highlight the textures and rusted areas and to eliminate quite a bit of distracting dust and debris.

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8 comments posted

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Oscar, You have a good eye. If this was my image I would have applied a Gaussian blur to the left portion of the background, and sharpened the foreground. In my VF I did that and brightened the image with a levels correction. The problem I have with my VF, is that there is a lot of noise on a portion of the hatch. Since I felt that rust and grunge go together, I left most of the noise. But, that isa personal preference.   Posted: 11/15/2019 13:07:06
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Thanks so much Peter. I see where you are going with your changes and like the idea though I'd perhaps dial them back just a tad.   Posted: 11/16/2019 09:39:28
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Oscar, I freely admit to going over the top. I was simply trying to illustrate a concept. Also when redoing a jpeg file that is 73 DPI, the redo may very well have artifacts.   Posted: 11/16/2019 15:08:04
Hi again Peter. Got it!   Posted: 11/16/2019 15:39:01

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
I am really enjoying this image, as it is consistent with one of my favorite concepts of Macro photography, making the commonplace, uncommon. One of the issue that I see here is the main subject (the handle and latch) seems to blend in just a bit too much with the background, and so the separation of the subject is lessened. I think that that may be why Peter made the suggestions he did.

Here I think that the goal might be to improve the separation of the subject from the background. There are many ways of doing so and Peter's suggestions represent an approach. You might also darken the background a bit to achieve this goal as well, or a combination of both techniques so you won't need to go too far on either front.

I do this a lot, especially with my stacked images. In stacking we tend to loose some of the depth within an image so I try to add some back in my post processing. I often isolate the background from the main subject (using masks and layers in Photoshop) and then blur, darken and perhaps desaturate the background to improve the separation and to add back depth in an image.
  Posted: 11/17/2019 11:30:36

Thanks Charles.   Posted: 11/17/2019 11:43:05

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I agree with the comments above, particularly those the suggest darkening or desaturating the background in order to bring more dimension. Rusty things are one of my favorite subjects so this image is really enjoyable to me. I might crop a little off the bottom so the "horizon line" (the horizon line being the handle and dead bolt) would shift down and there would be more weight to the bottom.   Posted: 11/17/2019 14:23:34
Thanks Lynne.   Posted: 11/17/2019 16:25:26