Michael Hrankowski  

Old House On The Palouse by Michael Hrankowski

September 2021 - Old House On The Palouse

September 2021 - Michael Hrankowski


About the Image(s)

The Palouse is a large, wheat growing region of Eastern Washington. The area has been farmed since the 1880s. There are wheat fields for as far as the eye can see that are crisscrossed with miles of dirt and gravel roads that are riddled with abandoned houses, vehicles, barns, etc. This is an image from a photography workshop I took with Thibault Roland just this past weekend (check out this guy's work...it's incredible!). Basic edits done in LR. In PS I replaced the clear blue sky with a sky from the day before the workshop. I used multiple radial filters to accentuate the dark and light tones and finished with an up-res with Gigapixel. I've included the original image for comparison.

Image Info: 1/50 sec at f/16, ISO 100 shot on a tripod at 50 mm (75mm FFE).

7 comments posted

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Michael, I really like photographs of old farm buildings/houses. This is a really nice capture of that scene. I like that you replaced the sky with one from your own photograph, too. I like the rolling hills, the spattering of green in the field and, of course, the old building. Very nice photograph.   Posted: 09/04/2021 10:03:22

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
(Groups 5 & 62)
Michael, your image caught my eye as I was browsing through the study groups. Very well done! Your choice of a replacement sky was excellent... not boring, yet not distracting. I did notice, however, that the light on the old house seems to be coming from the left. So, it might be good to try flipping the sky.

Your cropping and composition are outstanding. Nice indeed!

  Posted: 09/04/2021 10:42:13
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Oliver, thank you for your comments and the note about the sky. I often have trouble identifying light direction in cloud formations - the light is often diffracted in odd ways. In this particular instance, the sky was from another image I took the day before at evening golden hour. The sun was actually coming from the left.   Posted: 09/05/2021 09:48:49

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Michael, The old house in the middle of the wheat fields is so beautiful! The house is tack sharp and the details of the wheat fields are well seen. I really like it!
Your choice to replace the sky is also the right decision to make the scene more appealing. In my personal opinion, I think that the replaced sky is a little darker than the bright scene below. I'd prefer to lighten the sky a bit more.
You also mentioned that you used Gigapixel to increase the resolution of the image and I don't know why you need it (if you shot it in RAW file and with your DSLR camera)?

  Posted: 09/04/2021 22:54:02

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Kieu-Hanh. Thanks for your comments. I wrestled back and forth about settling on the ideal brightness for the sky. Ultimately, I positioned the clouds such that there was some blue sky at the top of the image, suggesting the darkness was in the distance. In the original photograph from which I borrowed the sky, the subject and foreground were well illuminated and the darker clouds were in the distance. With regard to the use of Gigapixel... I've been experimenting with it. My Sony a6600 is an APSC format with a sensor resolution of 24 Mp and I find that in some instances, giving the resolution a slight bump (in this case 0.5 X) brings a bit more depth to the finished image.   Posted: 09/05/2021 09:56:48

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
(Group 28)
I am visiting from a different group. You took a humdrum image and turned it into a wall-hanger. Well-done.   Posted: 09/08/2021 09:33:08
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Wanda, thanks for the compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed it.   Posted: 09/09/2021 17:29:02


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