Al Swanson  

Desert Relic by Al Swanson

June 2021 - Desert Relic

June 2021 - Al Swanson


About the Image(s)

Several years ago as we were returning from a winter sojourn in Southern California, we decided to stop at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. Old Route 66 traveled right through this region and the highway quickly died off after the interstate was built. As a reminder of that bygone era, this old relic was positioned in the middle of the desert near where the old highway past by. It was irresistible. Postprocessing of this image was a lot of fun but not very complicated. I brought it into Photoshop and adjusted the levels and saturation. Then I brought it into Studio 2 for some edits. I wanted to heavily texturize the image and portray it more as an oil painting rather than a flat photo image. Using one of the presets I applied it to the image and then proceeded to modify the detailed features of the image in several aspects. Then I brought the image back into Photoshop and readjusted the levels and saturation. Technical stuff: aperture F 10, 1/250 of a second, ISO 200, Canon 7D.

4 comments posted

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Nice finishing touches Al. I really like this textured painting look. It has given the car a very unique character. There are 2 horizontal clouds on the left edge though, that didn't get toned down enough and they're a little distracting. But I think this is wall hanging worthy! Nice job.
  Posted: 06/04/2021 16:17:13

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
The car, with its rusty dark orange coloring, fits in really well with its surroundings, in terms of color tone and the fact that both car and setting have a desolate and forgotten feel about them. The texture suits the ground and car, but I'm not sure about the sky. You might try cropping off the left quarter of the image, thus getting rid of the bright cloud on the left and moving the car off center. Overall, an interesting image to look at.   Posted: 06/05/2021 05:50:00

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Al, I love the rust, the color tones and the texture you created. As Jerry said: "Fits in really well." However, since you decided to make this a creative abstract, I think that a little more work will improve the composition a great ideal and I was challenged to show you. Since the left side was negative space, I kind of moved it to the right side. Actually. all I moved and flipped was the clouds. I first extended the canvas on the right and then extended a bit on the bottom, to fill in the missing space on the right and bottom. I then filled in the blank canvas with the Healing Brush and cloned in the shadow, cropped and flattened. I hope it demonstrates what I wanted to say.   Posted: 06/09/2021 19:57:37
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Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Amazing what a difference in positioning that cloud on the other side and cropping. Good improvement Joe.
  Posted: 06/17/2021 13:42:04


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