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Murray Gin by Lamar Nix

February 2021 - Murray Gin

About the Image(s)

Ruins of Murray (Cotton) Gin in Brunson, SC. Now torn down, was once a vibrant mill when cotton was a money crop in South Carolina. Cotton seems to be making something of a comeback in recent years as cotton is frequently seen growing in fields around the state. My objective was to include enough of the wreckage around the yard to give context to the long deserted gin. Taken at 17mm focal length, @ f/11 , 1/200 sec at iso 200.

5 comments posted

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Lamar,

Another viewer 'might' think the messy foreground is distracting. But not me! This a nice story telling image. The focus is sharp from foreground, mid ground and background. F/11 with 17 mm focal length is the right choice. The post processing is just right. Not overdone. If you feel like to submit this image for Salon, this is suitable for the Category of Journalism Photo. Great job Lamar!   Posted: 02/24/2021 19:01:10

Kathryn Engle
There is a story here of the history of the cotton gin. I think maybe a bit of vignetting may help bring it out with the mill and the debris in front of it standing out and trees and sky darkened and taken out of the storyline. Good composition and I think you used the best settings for the scene.   Posted: 02/26/2021 11:15:36

San Yuan   San Yuan

A nice story-telling image as mentioned by others. I would have darken the sky, may even increased the saturation/texture of the rusty roof to render it more 'dramatic'. Another option would convert it into a monochrome image with sepia to make it more 'authentic'.   Posted: 02/26/2021 15:54:27

San Yuan   San Yuan
  Posted: 02/26/2021 15:54:31

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Lamar,
Sorry for this very late reply. Crazy month!
I think that the image without the story is not as powerful then when put in context. I also agree with the Journalistic quality of this scene and treatment.
This idea of the Old and abandoned can be reinforce with a Grungy treatment (available on ON1 and probably on other software) putting the rusty element on the forefront, but then it would become more of a creative category than journalistic.
Interesting piece of history.   Posted: 02/26/2021 16:00:00


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