Jim Hagan  

HARROWING by Jim Hagan

April 2021 - HARROWING

April 2021 - Jim Hagan


About the Image(s)

Greenfield Village is near Detroit and includes many historic structures (homes, farms, school houses etc.). Included is the actual home and barn from the farm where Harvey Firestone grew up. Henry Ford purchased the buildings, had them carefully disassembled and then reassembled in Greenfield Village.

While visiting Greenfield village I enjoyed watching a demonstration of harrowing with a team of horses. I photographed the scene at 35mm, 1/640, f/9 with ISO at 500. In the image you can see the upper parts of the Firestone home and barn. But also in the image are a large chimney and another non Firestone structure - I cloned out both in Photoshop. I also removed the fence, darkened the sky, lightened the horses and cropped some off the bottom.

12 comments posted

Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Nice work, Jim - neat scene, and I like your decision to crop so the path of the horses follows around the edge of the image. I woudl probably have not even noticed the smokestack removal if you hadn't said something, but now that you did, my eyes are drawn to its prior location. Can see a vertical line of the photoshop adjustment. I'm no PS pro, but woudl love to know from others with more experience how best to blur that and make the "new" sky blend in better...   Posted: 04/02/2021 18:01:46
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Vertical lines of PS adjustment can be corrected in PS by selecting that area and using "Edit - Fill - Content-Aware "   Posted: 04/02/2021 20:37:23
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Sunil's idea is great. Another idea is to use a softer spot healing brush, so it doesn't leave crisp lines.   Posted: 04/02/2021 20:38:52
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Thanks for your suggestion. Please see my revision.   Posted: 04/05/2021 19:21:11

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Good travel photo, very well processed.   Posted: 04/02/2021 20:39:17

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I love this, Jim. I think it might make a good sepia, also. I think the photo feels a bit tipped down to the right. It might be the horses are really going uphill a bit, but it might be worth leveling, if anyone else notices?   Posted: 04/02/2021 20:44:59

Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
Hi Jim. I like this shot. Well done on the processing. The only thing that I can add following Sunil's feedback, is that I agree with Brenda about a small leveling to the left.
Congrats on the photo. Something that I have never seen before!   Posted: 04/03/2021 02:16:18
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Thanks for your suggestion. Please see my revision.   Posted: 04/05/2021 19:22:01
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Jim, I think you've made the right improvements. Just love those furrowing lines leading us in and over!   Posted: 04/05/2021 19:50:30
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
This is good, liked its. well processed.   Posted: 04/05/2021 22:34:32

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Hi Jim, an excellent image and caught just at the right moment. I agree with your crop and removing the unwanted modern features, but may have been tempted to leave a bit more of the field corner.

On my screen there is a halo along the rooftops possibly from sharpening?

Have you also considered flipping the horizontal so the story reads left to right?
  Posted: 04/07/2021 09:55:34
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Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
I like your original edits on tones and building removal, and the updates in your latest revision. Terry's suggestion to go left is interesting as well.

I would consider cropping even a little tighter to remove some of the foreground dirt which to me does not add a lot to the image. It would cut the building in the back in half but I think it works and creates some nice diagonal lines through the horses to the chimney.   Posted: 04/07/2021 16:24:53
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