Melanie Hurwitz  

Hay Bales by Melanie Hurwitz

January 2021 - Hay Bales

January 2021 - Melanie Hurwitz


About the Image(s)

A Barn taken in Tennessee in a lovely setting. The bales were well lit, but the sky was really uninteresting. I did add an IR sky(always my own and not a preloaded one). When I converted, there was an overall red cast. I de saturated the red and enhanced the yellows to get the above effect. The sky may be perceived as too delicate for an IR image, but it felt it was in keeping. Lastly added some brightness and contrast.
Sony 7, ISO 200, F16, 30mm

11 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
It's a lovely setting indeed, Melanie! You'll excuse me for asking, given what you came up with, why you didn't just take the image with a conventional camera? The grass in particular, and the whole scene look very natural, which makes the little imperfections stand out as just that. For example, there is some blue sky behind the tree, and the foliage of the tree (which is where my eye goes in the image) is of uneven tones.

The light on the bales in the original is just beautiful; it's too bad it isn't as noticeable in the final version. I only notice it as you pointed it out.

Even so, good job on the conversion to a color image, it's more than I could do, and the result is still very nice.   Posted: 01/03/2021 15:20:51
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thank you all for the comments. I knew that this would be a controversial processing. In trying to answer the question as to why it is in color and not mono, it just give a different look to my eye. I have a color image taken from a slightly different angle which shows the difference in tones.
I also note that I loaded the wrong image on the sight as I had removed the bright area of sky. My choice of sky may not have been a good one. It was a color version which is not in keeping with our IR group. I should have worked harder to bring out the original sky. My apologies for that.   Posted: 01/04/2021 13:38:21
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Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
  Posted: 01/04/2021 13:38:39
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Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Melanie...beautiful scene, so serenely captured! I'm confused, however...was it shot in IR, then colored in, or is just the sky infrared and replacing the conventional sky? I don't feel that IR has added significantly to the scene, and the version in a normal color capture would seem to be superior in my view. Even so, wonderful composition and capture!   Posted: 01/04/2021 08:17:58
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hey Gary, Please look at the reply I wrote in Jack's comment where I address the color in my image.   Posted: 01/04/2021 13:43:30

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

This is a great scene and as Jack noted would look great in color or IR.

I took the liberty to render your original in BW because I liked the composition. I used Silver efex neutral, color efex detail extractor and then LR filters on the lights and darks. I flipped it horizontally so the road is on the left.

2021 will be better

Emil   Posted: 01/04/2021 10:16:27
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I like this version very much. The flip works, even the original sky works, for me. But then I am a fan of gloomy black and whites ;)   Posted: 01/04/2021 11:11:45
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thanks for taking the time to work on my image. The flip certainly works and I do like the black and white version. Please look at the reply I wrote on Jack's comment too.   Posted: 01/04/2021 13:41:35

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Melanie
You've certainly gone to a lot of trouble in doing post-processing and trying to create something different. I applaud you for that.
Speaking of the image itself, I do like the flipped version in mono as done by Emil. It has brought back certain qualities of IR, making the image pop. Also makes it compositionally strong.
Keep up the good work.   Posted: 01/06/2021 00:50:44

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Melanie, you have entered that limbo land between IR and conventional photography. I like it. I go there too, but it does raise questions about what IR was and is. I like the unusual colors available in your IR image. My comment concerns using the sky replacement tool in PS. Why not load some custom IR skies to use with images that need a more interesting sky? I plan to do this loading raw IR unconverted images of skies in PS 2021. Thanks again for expanding the boundaries of creativity.   Posted: 01/06/2021 10:42:44
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Chuck, Thanks for the comments which are so valid. On Jack' comment I do explain about the wrongful use of the sky. I do have IR skies downloaded and should have used one of them. Mea Culpa.   Posted: 01/09/2021 10:08:48


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