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Historical Charcoal Ovens by Darcy Quimby

November 2020 - Historical Charcoal Ovens

November 2020 - Darcy Quimby


About the Image(s)

Camera info Rebel T5 1/60 F32 ISO 500 160mm
This picture was taken on our trip to Alaska in 2018, outside Ely, NV
Post processing I used a sharpen details filter, then converted it to b&w I also darkened some of the clouds. I'm including the original color version and am wondering what one everyone prefers

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6 comments posted

Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
I really like the repetition in the composition. The ovens are very well placed and very sharp. Definitely prefer the B&W

I might recommend darkening and adding some contrast to the sky,to being out the clouds. There also seems to be some halos or some other artifacts on the hill in back around the edges of the ovens.   Posted: 11/03/2020 14:17:58
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I will try again with the clouds on darkening them some more.
There is a halo around the ovens because I masked the ovens out so I could darken the trees and am left with the weird halo. I also love the BW but hubby loves color.   Posted: 11/08/2020 17:02:10

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
What captures my attention most in this photo is the repetitive pattern and curved lines of the ovens. I see this as a nice study in form and structure. I agree with Jeff as I like the B&W better and I also agree with him in thinking that the image would be enhanced with more contrast on the clouds in the sky. I think the focus is good with the way it allows the detail of the bricks to become apparent.

My eye is a bit distracted by the shrub in the lower left corner in that it appears to be more exposed than the rest of the shrubs along the bottom. Perhaps, in post processing, a mask could be used to bring down the exposure/brightness just for that corner.   Posted: 11/08/2020 15:07:51
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Thank you for your comments. I think by doing it in BW the pattern stands out more.
This is why I love the feedback because you sometimes can't see something until someone else does. I will fix the exposure with a mask.   Posted: 11/08/2020 17:04:45

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
I prefer the B&W image also. I agree with Ed about the shrub in the lower left corner. If you have NIK Color Effects Pro, maybe try the "Darken/Lighten Center" adjustment. Choose "Brush" then "Paint" and adjust just the corner to taste with the brush tool in Photoshop. Click apply and you will have a new layer with just the corner modified.   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:01:59
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I will try that filter thank you so much.   Posted: 11/11/2020 15:18:39