Ed O’Rourke  

House on a Hill by Ed O’Rourke

April 2021 - House on a Hill

About the Image(s)

First, I'd like to apologize for being late with my image. I had an operating system crash; had to reinstall the OS and all the applications I use; then find all my data files for recovery, along with the file with all my accounts and passwords (during this I was locked out of my admin access for our group). But its all fixed now.

Our local camera club had a monthly theme of "local buildings" and this is the clubhouse for our local golf course. I took the shot with my Canon 7D,EF-S 18-55mm lens at 42mm; f10, 1/400 ss, 250 ISO, and aperture priority. I cropped from the top and bottom so the clubhouse would dominate. Had to do a little rotation to have the white trim lines vertical and worked as saturating the contrast and colors a bit.

3 comments posted

Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
would be a drive that would have run across the frame. a lot to like here. The crop seems ideal: breathing room both to the left and right, plenty of negative space / sky above, and just enough foreground. I like where you chose to stand to shoot, looking up, so that the stone wall obscures the view of what I'm guessing would have been a drive running next to the building and across the frame. All-in-all it works superbly to support the title.

If you hadn't told me, I wouldn't have guessed that you worked the saturation on the building. Nice delicate touch there.

You might be noticing that I really enjoy post-processing, and esp. enjoy fiddling with other folks' images where I don't have a romantic attachment to my own expwerience at the time the image was captured. I hope that's not offensive.

I did try a couple of techniques to heighten the dimensionality: a gradient up from the bottom to add texture up close, receding up the hill; an adjustment brush (with luminance range mask) to make the stone wall a bit clearer; and another gradient coming down through the roofs, with a color range mask to limit the effect to the roofs themselves, to gently emphasize the receding slope of the roofs. As always, this is just be playing around with a bit of "well, this is a possibility ..."

  Posted: 04/13/2021 12:26:15
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Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
Mark, I just wanted to say that I really don't mind the "fiddling" you do with the images. Actually I like it and hope you continue. I tend to minimize the post processing I do (perhaps because I don't think I quite know what I'm doing) so I appreciate the ideas which you present for me to think about. Your ideas do encourage me, and some day I might get more confidence to try some of those things myself.

Thanks   Posted: 04/18/2021 13:53:27

Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
It also occurred to me that one could (if one wished) make the image feel more ominous ...   Posted: 04/13/2021 12:43:15
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