Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA  

September Corn by Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA

October 2020 - September Corn

October 2020 - Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA


About the Image(s)

Camera: Nikon D300 converted by LifePixel
18-70mm lens at 35mm (equivalent to 60mm full frame)
ISO 400 (+2 EV), 1/90th second hand-held, f13

I returned to the old, dilapidated barn from a previous submission. Corn was now fully grown awaiting harvest. I thought the juxtaposition of the old barn framing the corn crop would provide interest. Added in Color Efex Pro's DUPLEX filter as another option for toning. I'm not at all sure about the impact of this image overall and will certainly welcome

13 comments posted

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Shooting through the opening in the old barn was a great idea. There is plenty of detail of the barn in the shadows. The corn rows have an interesting IR effect in that the tops are darker and provides a layer of separation to the sky above. My guess is that you left the image tilted to emphasize the barn's condition? A fine Midwestern shot

Emil   Posted: 10/01/2020 08:24:53
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks for the comments, Emil! Yes, the 'slanting' is intentional to indicate old-and-dilapidated.   Posted: 10/06/2020 05:34:35

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
I like both the composition and the chosen viewpoint. Also the top line of the maize in dark off setting the sky. Great work!   Posted: 10/01/2020 20:35:36
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks, Palli,
I was surprised at the top tassels turning black and still am not quite sure how that happened in the IR spectrum...need to investigate!   Posted: 10/06/2020 05:35:59

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, I like the way you used the dilapidated barn to frame in the corn. The corn, as well, has become a victim of aging and change, in its post-harvest stage. It is easy to image and anticipate the coming winter season. The color, tone and texture of the image also make viewer more mindful of the passage of time   Posted: 10/04/2020 14:27:10
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Charles...thanks very much for the comments. This was a bit of an 'after thought' image while photographing the barn, and I'm glad I took the shot.   Posted: 10/06/2020 05:37:19

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I love seeing the corn in infrared, Gary, that's a first for me, cool! Especially the tassels. But I do find myself, after seeing the corn, feeling now what, by which I mean, that unlike Emil, I'm wanting just a bit more detail in the inside of the barn, or just a bit less shadow. That might have been difficult given the wide tonal range created by the bright sun outside. Also, a pet peeve of mine, is that on images that go nearly to black around the frame, that the use of a fine white frame line would be very helpful in delineating the image. (Or maybe I'd prefer the webmaster use gray as the background).
But overall, I like the idea here.   Posted: 10/05/2020 17:32:21
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hello Jack...
As they say "your wish is my command"...ha! See if this suits you better...even including a 3 pixel stroke around the edge.   Posted: 10/06/2020 05:59:46
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John Erve   John Erve
Gary, Nice use of framing to emphasize the corn field and the sepia toning is a good choice for this subject that contains a lot of wood. The image is sharp and a lot of interest in the image. For me the overall image is a little dark and it is hard to see what is in the shadows, namely, the inside of the barn, and I would also like to suggest increasing the brightness of the corn field outside. Thanks for this interesting image.   Posted: 10/05/2020 20:38:59
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks, John! I think your comments add value to the image. Here's the revised version. What do you think?   Posted: 10/06/2020 06:00:55
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John Erve   John Erve
Yes, Gary, I think this is much better!   Posted: 10/06/2020 11:04:00

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Gary, Great to be looking out of instead of into one of your interesting old structures. The detail that you managed to bring out in the corn field is remarkable. Although you have processed the interior well, could there be more detail found, especially around the edges, to show the dilapidation even more?   Posted: 10/06/2020 12:06:29
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Melanie and thanks...did you see the adjusted version of the one I sent to John and Jack? to my eye, that's about as far as I want to take the interior detail so that we continue to follow the composition out to the field of corn.   Posted: 10/06/2020 12:29:13


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