Jaqueline Whalen  

Farming Life by Jaqueline Whalen

January 2022 - Farming Life

January 2022 - Jaqueline Whalen


About the Image(s)

This was an experiment in monochrome photography. The color photograph is the original. I manipulated the colors in the image so that the B&W image would have more contrast. I also had to cone a bit in the midground on the left as there was some sort of issue. The dehaze filter did a pretty good job on it. I ended with Topas Studio AI filter.

Canon EOS 5 DS R
42 mm
1/18 sec
ISO 200

6 comments posted

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Interesting minimalist style picture of the thrasher. Two points: 1. The sky as one third might look better.
2. A horizontal flip might look stronger leading the eye from the thrasher to the distance
Your histogram probably is predominant for mid-tones, but some might argue for more contrast.   Posted: 01/07/2022 09:40:47

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I love converting colored to monochrome. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. I believe you have a good start, and Lightroom's new masking tool could help you in bringing out more tones. I agree with Piers that some of the sky can be cropped.   Posted: 01/07/2022 11:36:11

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
This is a simple and effective image. I would reduce the amount of sky as suggested by Piers and allow a little more space on the right hand side of the image, so that the piece of equipment is not so close to the edge.   Posted: 01/09/2022 16:17:12

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
As for me the machine needs more space,and the horizon line needs to be straight.   Posted: 01/10/2022 17:26:01

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Lovely effort. I guess I didn't realize that this was going to be a Black and White image month (smile!).
My initial thought upon viewing this image was that the Horizon line is right in the middle. I've learned that the portion with the most interest gets the 2/3 of the frame while the less interesting portion get the other 1/3. The farm implement is your featured item. The sky has nothing exceptional going for it, so it should get lesser attention. If I were to come across this scene, I likely would get closer, and lower, to the implement to show detail that accentuates the "Antique-ness", then justifies the BW treatment. The implement could still be off-center in the image to still include the starkness of the farm-scape.
Just my thoughts.   Posted: 01/13/2022 20:13:51

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Thank you all for the comments. It is interesting that I seem to be mesmerized by sky in most of my photos even when nothing much is going on in it. I am going to try to be aware of decreasing the amount of sky in images to see where that leads me. I also like the idea of taking the image from a lower camera angle and moving in closer. Might have to go back and give that try.

Sorry to be so late joining in but I appreciate all the feedback!   Posted: 01/14/2022 10:03:53


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