Belinda Hudnall Keller  

Lean on Me by Belinda Hudnall Keller

September 2021 - Lean on Me

September 2021 - Belinda Hudnall Keller


September 2021 - Belinda Hudnall Keller

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About the Image(s)

I walk past these buildings often but, until recently, never noticed the covered staircase squished between the two buildings. I took shots of different angles, trying to decide which way to go with it. The building on left is new and perfectly straight. The one on right is very old, leans and is held together (for now) with star bolts, which also make neat images. The sun created some nice shadows so I decided on this straight-on composition for the quirky crookedness. Between the two, I can't really decide if the highly punched up one is better. I like it but it becomes more of a graphics/poster image and details get lost (the tape on glass, etc.).

Samsung Galaxy s9
f/2.4, 1/712, ISO 50

Snapseed edits: cropped, perspective adjusted, HDR tol for strong and increased saturation, select tool on window to reduce shadows, brush tool to darken large shadows.

4 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I think I like the textured version in #2 better. All those competing textures of bricks, etc., add a lot of things to look at. I suppose you could blend the two images or just paint in some of the texture in various areas.   Posted: 09/02/2021 09:12:20
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
True. I might try that. Thanks for the suggestion!   Posted: 09/02/2021 14:47:49

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The patterns and geometric shapes in the two buildings are interesting. Overall I find the image a little hot, possibly taken in mid day.   Posted: 09/10/2021 13:20:30

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
I would go with the more saturated image. I don't find it too posterized, while I find the final version a little flat and lacking texture. Also, the shadows are more striking in the saturated image. It is a busy composition, but I like it as it is. In spite of so many objects, the viewer goes directly to the door (and the window above it) squeezed between the two buildings.   Posted: 09/10/2021 19:52:15


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