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Workhorse of the Farm by Paul Smith

April 2021 - Workhorse of the Farm

About the Image(s)

It is becoming more and more difficult to find the “old equipment” used on our farms. The dilapidated wood buildings and rusting implements are being replaced in short order. Technology requires it. I found this neglected truck, off the beaten path, by traversing County Roads in northeast Colorado. I’m always in search for scenes like these…while they’re still here! Canon 90D, Canon 70-300 zoom at 77mm,ISO 250, f/6.3, 1/1250 sec.


3 comments posted




Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
I like this. As it happens, I lived 'til age 10 in southwest Kansas, and my family drove across western Kansas and eastern Colorado many times over the years. I clearly recall the grain elevators, silos, and old equipment, but I have the most nostalgia for the wide open almost-flat-as-far-as-you-can-see plains.

I think you could get away with upping the drama in the sky a bit. I took the liberty of tinkering with the image, and adding a bit of light bleed in from the left, cooling the right side a bit, grading in a bit of texture to bring the foreground forward a bit, adding shadow this side of the truck, and finally pushing up both texture and clarity on the truck. It *is* the subject, I assume? I hope I kept it subtle enough that one would know unless it were pointed out.

It's unfortunate about the fence, but it looks like you did position it the best you could, so it's as unobtrusive as possible.

  Posted: 04/11/2021 18:00:59
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Paul Smith   Paul Smith
It is the subject...and thanks for your comments. Tell me what you used to "add light bleed"! Good work!   Posted: 04/12/2021 07:03:52
Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
Glad you found the result pleasing. I'm still a bit nervous fiddling with other folks' images; keep anything I try as merely suggestion, as in "well, here's something that's possible" ...

For the light bleed, I first added a radial filter centered on the left edge near the fence and extending far enough to compass the farmhouse and the field in front; for this filter I just add (quite a bit of) warmth.

I wasn't particular happy with the effect on the field in the left foreground, so I backed it off using a larger radial filter centered out of the frame beyond the lower left hand corner; for this filter I pulled down, just a bit, the highlights and whites.

As I understand it, the usual intent with light bleed is to create the illusion of a light source from outside the frame. In this case, with the sun quite obviously to the upper right, that doesn't reconcile with reality, but I still like the effect.

Note, I think the work I did on the truck (which I very carefully limited to same) had a subjective (not actual) impact on the surrounding as well.   Posted: 04/13/2021 11:36:41
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