Lauren Heerschap  

Wood Stove Cataldo Mission by Lauren Heerschap

July 2021 - Wood Stove Cataldo Mission

July 2021 - Lauren Heerschap


About the Image(s)

This is an infrared photo taken in low light in the kitchen of the Cataldo Mission in Idaho. What bothered me was they replaced the door in the back with a fiberglass door, which is definitely not the same as the period of the stove and other objects in the room. I would like feedback on the Gaussian blur I used to cover that “ a friends says it gives it a dreamy look; others think it strange, but have no advice on how to deal with it. One octogenarian said her mother cooked on a similar stove (she is from Johannesburg, South Africa). F8, Iso 200 1/22 sec infrared converted 590 Em Mark 2 Olympus camera.

I realize that the blur isn’t perfect on the left edge of the stove and the broken milk can. However I would like feedback on whether to use the blur or another way of covering or removing the door before I work more on it.

5 comments posted

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
How much fun is this. I love the conversion to B&W. That just fits the image so well. I think the blur is too obvious. If there is another way to conceal the flap, I would do that.   Posted: 07/09/2021 16:16:52

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
I like your image of the stove and it cries out to be in mono.
Getting rid of the door - working with a mono layer make a rectangular selection of most of the wall to the left of the chimney. CTR J it onto a new layer then make a selection just inside of your patch, invert the selection and apply content aware fill. This will create whole layer of the wall texture, move the layer down below your main image and paint out to create a layer mask.   Posted: 07/10/2021 06:56:26

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
An interesting subject. It being such an antique I would have thought that a B/W conversion with rather strong contrasts would bring out the "character" of the subject more clearly.   Posted: 07/16/2021 17:10:15

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
An interesting capture of the historic stove. With a distracting bright window and a door you don't like, you may as well just select the stove, floor and surrounding objects and move them to a background of your choice. Maybe another wall in the room could have been captured.   Posted: 07/17/2021 03:21:36

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Interesting subject and unfortunate they changed the door.. perhaps you have another door you replace it with for another version of the photo.
I think Jon has made a good suggestion, probably would save time from having to clone the entire space which is basically what Jon is suggesting via a content aware layer mask. I think the image overall needs more contrast and I would do this before removing the door.   Posted: 07/19/2021 10:27:21


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