Mervyn Hurwitz  


Ghost Town by Mervyn Hurwitz

June 2022 - Ghost Town

About the Image(s)

South Dakota has many ghost towns as a result of the gold rush that boomed and fizzled quickly. This is Rockerville, not far from Rapid City, and is nicely preserved.

Sony A7III with 18-35mm lens at 18mm
ISO 640, f11, 1/250 secs hand held.
Converted to black and white with Nik Silver efex


This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted




Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I am envious, as I missed this place when I was there. Your treatment and composition work for me. The only suggestion I have is to consider a linear gradient from the the bottom left corner to subtly darken it just a little there as a base.   Posted: 06/05/2022 10:12:54



Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
It is a very nice place indeed! I feel that the image lacks a bit of separation between the building and background and is a bit busy overall. Not sure what you could do to improve it, might be that the color version actually works better in this situation. Or maybe a vignette might work. But I am not sure. I do like the details and crunchiness of the image though. Well done!   Posted: 06/07/2022 04:10:16



Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
It was a good decision to convert it to B&W, which lends the image the rundown feeling of an abandoned town. There are a lot of elements, but I find that they complement the main subject, rather than being distracting. The main cabin is so large that my attention goes immediately to it. I don't see anything to change.   Posted: 06/08/2022 17:59:23



Andy Patterson   Andy Patterson
Great image! I see Anges's points, but none of them really bother me at all. I think B&W works very well for such images, and as Jose points out the main cabin is such a large portion of the image it is the obvious main subject. I love places like this, so many interesting things to photograph.   Posted: 06/09/2022 22:36:44



Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I like the image in monochrome. The bare tree on the right side makes a nice contrast with other trees in the photo. I would suggest to darken the image a bit to emphasize the title.   Posted: 06/27/2022 10:44:00



Ann Nissen
This is a superb image and I love everything about it. The Black and White, the old building with the porch leading the eye to the other buildings. I love the way it is in a state of disrepair.   Posted: 06/28/2022 12:48:02