Henry Heerschap  

Newport Steps by Henry Heerschap

November 2021 - Newport Steps

November 2021 - Henry Heerschap


About the Image(s)

My wife and I were on the Oregon coast the week before last with our base camp in Newport. Newport's most famous landmark is the Yaquina Bay Bridge, built in 1936 as part of US 101. There are a number of good viewpoints, include an area under the north part of the bridge. While I photographed the bridge itself quite a bit, I remembered to turn around and spotted the staircases on either side allowing pedestrians to cross under the bridge. I liked the shapes and textures,particularly the "accordian" pattern above the steps. It echoes the steps themselves and ended up spending quite a bit of time on two occasions shooting both staircases from a variety of angles. This is one of my favorite shots. It was largely monochromatic to begin with so I went ahead and converted it via a profile in Lightroom Classic. I cropped it a little and did some basic exposure adjustments. I then took it into Photoshop and removed bits of the adjacent tree and straightened it out bit.
Sony A7R IV, Sony 24-105 f/4 lens, 56mm, f/11, 1/13 second, ISO 800, shot on a tripod.

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8 comments posted

Henry Peterman   Henry Peterman
Hi Henry,

I enjoyed your image, especially in monochrome. It really made me want to climb those steps. My small tweak was to remove some of the vegetation at the bottom of the steps, which seemed to keep me anchored. Henry   Posted: 11/04/2021 12:00:13
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Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Fair point, Henry, and thanks. I'll admit that I got a bit lazy after all the other cleanup I did with this image. Your version points out that the effort is worth it.   Posted: 11/04/2021 14:41:51

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
I really like the combination of lines and angles that you captured, Henry. The addition of the arched railing adds a bit of contrast to all of the otherwise straight lines, aided by the darker shade of the wet concrete. (I saw the bit of vegetation and saw it as another bit of contrast to the clean lines of the stairs, so it did not bother me.)
Overall, a very nice capture.
  Posted: 11/06/2021 18:45:00

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hello, Henry! Came across your featured image and it reminded me of similar aesthetics created by Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). I have been using his work/style as examples of creating or revealing narratives that go beyond what we initially see, you work reminds me of Cartier-Bresson play on lines and shapes, light and shadow. (See the article on DD-87 Bulletin Board)

But I will suggest another more deliberate Crop to highlight the lines and curves that are the real subject, in my opinion. In this way, you are not digitally erasing or otherwise deleting artifacts that are in the original frame. Hope you like it. (See new 5x7 cropped color original)

Lance A. Lewin
PSA Black & White Photography Mentor
PSA South Atlantic Area Membership Director
DD-83 & DD-87 Administrator   Posted: 11/11/2021 18:18:34
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Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Note though we see the staircase, which identifies the structure, nonetheless, this crop highlights the "abstract" narrative, which you visualized and captured, but here, I am focusing more on the "abstract" nature by emphasizing the lines, shapes and textures. Thank you.

Lance   Posted: 11/14/2021 06:18:39

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I really like your image. My preference would be to have a little more contrast. I also like the crop suggested by Lance as it does emphasize the lines and curves.   Posted: 11/14/2021 20:07:09
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Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Good insights, guys. Thanks.   Posted: 11/15/2021 14:50:43

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Good discussion - I vote for Lance's crop and Henry's contrast.

After looking at these interesting monochromes for several minutes then scrolling back to the original - all I saw was green! The power of color.   Posted: 11/16/2021 17:19:30