Charles Walker  

Circle of Carins by Charles Walker

January 2020 - Circle of Carins

January 2020 - Charles Walker


About the Image(s)

This is a photograph of a mysterious cluster of carins left by numerous visitors taken early Fall on a cloudy afternoon at Griffis Sculpture Park south of Buffalo, NY. To create a focus of attention and sustain some mystery, I eliminated the background and placed the stone arch in the middle. While I wanted a foggy feel, nonetheless, to bring out the detail in the stones, I used the texture slider in the Camera Raw Filter. Camera data: Nikon D700, f/22, 1/80th, 18mm, ISO=400

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7 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
This is a fun and enjoyable image for me Charles, very nicely conceived. I think you achieved what you were after, and then some. My only issue is that I'm wanting the arch just a little bit to the right, it's too centered for me, but I look forward to hearing what other think on that. Very nice.   Posted: 01/03/2020 13:30:18
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Yes, there is something about the placement of the arch that arouses discord in our sense composition. I struggled with this in post processing. The nearly random arrangement of carins added to the challenge. Perhaps as Emil suggests, darkening the arch may be more soothing to the eye?   Posted: 01/07/2020 20:18:49

Gary Potts   Gary Potts

Not surprisingly, this is MY kind of IR image...wonderfully executed in my opinion. Removing the background adds to the magic. I see this as a competition image without hesitation, and I think the crop to square is spot on. I'm ok with the arch in the center, since it's at the top of the image.   Posted: 01/04/2020 08:25:46
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Thanks Gary for the reinforcement. I took chances with this image and it is good to know my IR instincts are maturing.   Posted: 01/07/2020 20:21:15

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Interesting treatment, it took me awhile to get warmed up to your image. I am on board with your work. Food for thought, what if you darkened the arch a tad so it anchors the picture?

Emil   Posted: 01/04/2020 11:55:44
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Emil, I love your suggestion. You put your finger what gives me pause with this image. I'll try a version with a darken arch.   Posted: 01/07/2020 20:12:54

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Chuck, This is wonderful. Taking out the background was genius. The placement of the carins take me meanderingly through the image up to the arch. Yes, it could be darkened a tad.   Posted: 01/15/2020 13:08:15