Martin Newland, QPSA  

Barbed Wire by Martin Newland, QPSA

May 2021 - Barbed Wire

May 2021 - Martin Newland, QPSA


About the Image(s)

I was with a group of photography friends visiting the Mount Remarkable National Park located in the mid north of South Australia. We were driving into the township of Melrose for dinner when this vivid sunset developed. We stopped to photograph it, but there was very little of interest to add to the foreground. Only this barbed wire fence along the roadside.

Post treatment: Cropped, saturation increased, shadows darkened. Fence posts and barbed wire were sharpened pixel by pixel by zooming in with Photoshop then cloning out any blur around the posts and the barbs with the clone tool (probably about 2-3 hours work). Sharpened and "denoised" with Topaz Denoise AI

Camera: Canon 5D Mk3, 1/50 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Lens: Canon EF 24 - 105 f/4 IS USM at 24mm

8 comments posted

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
The image comes across as being minimalistic causing composition to appear prominent as well as being a striking sunset over a sparse outback landscape. I was tempted to see if there was more color in the jpeg taken into Photoshop CR and found some variety to the red with some magenta. The left post shifted more to the third line improves the diagonal lines I think, but I think you close to optimized. It could belong in a global warming collection.   Posted: 05/04/2021 22:29:40
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Martin Newland   Martin Newland
We had "Fences" as a set subject in a competition recently and this was the best I could come up with.   Posted: 05/05/2021 08:10:27
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Interesting, we had fences as an item for a "scavenger hunt"...challenging indeed.   Posted: 05/05/2021 09:16:33

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
This is a very fun capture. I really love the work you did on the photo. It is well worth all the time you took to sharpen the fence posts and the barbed wire. The cropping is essential to the overall effect of the image. Well done!   Posted: 05/05/2021 10:30:26

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
Your extra work paid off Martin. I love photos like this and you got the right tone to the colorful sky. Well done mate!
  Posted: 05/05/2021 12:24:33

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Martin, your editing certainly changed this image. The colors are phenomenal, and I like the perspective that gives you the feeling the fence goes on forever.   Posted: 05/05/2021 19:38:29

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Wow, Martin, you took an image, as you say, "with very little going on" and made something very dramatic. How creative! Nice work!   Posted: 05/06/2021 15:14:59

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
(Group 40)
Hi Martin, You have taken an ordinary photo and turned it into something special. I like the crop and the fact that you removed the person in the distance. The black certainly stands out against that firey sky!   Posted: 05/07/2021 05:20:23


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