Judy Burr, APSA, MPSA  

Stairway With Pole by Judy Burr, APSA, MPSA

May 2023 - Stairway With Pole

About the Image(s)

How I did it:

This is another old photo taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm lens at 27mm. ISO was 800, SS 1/15 and aperture f8. I took this at the Old State House in Dover, DE. My club had a theme of stairways so I was delighted to find several interesting ones in the building. I have gotten a lot of mileage out of the photos since I have modified several of them with success. I processed this in Elements, NIK and Topaz. I straightened it and cropped it a bit.

8 comments posted

Tim Sanders   Tim Sanders
Hi Judy, Really like the lines and shadows and the positioning of the column is just right for me. The large patch of white right on the edge in the top left corner I find detracts from the overall image for me, perhaps you might consider a crop just below this across the top of the image or clone it out and slightly tone down the light at the top of the column.   Posted: 05/12/2023 15:02:25
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Thanks. You are right about the top left. It was worse and I filled it in, but should have made it darker. I didn't want to but off the top of the column.   Posted: 05/19/2023 15:49:38

Gunter Haibach   Gunter Haibach
Technically a very solid photo - sharp, well exposed, nice muted colours. My only suggestion is, to "move" the pole more to the left I.e. shoot it a bit more from the right side. For me the pole is much less interesting than the stairway - but that's just me   Posted: 05/13/2023 19:23:05
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
I probably took many shots of all the stairways but there were limitations. I did eliminate a partial chair on the left but for me removing things is a challenge especially when the background has texture and lines.   Posted: 05/19/2023 15:51:46

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
A very nice stairway Judy. Nicely composed and lit by natural light.
I like the use of the single chair to stop by eyes from wandering past the stairs. I'm not sure if you might of cropped the top top further down to prevent that hot spot and eyes wandering off up in that corner.   Posted: 05/17/2023 13:42:41
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
I agree and I could fill it in to match the rest of the top. I like the top of the column. As I said above, I removed a partial chair on the left. I had to shoot handheld because of the historic building. Maybe I need to go back since it has been a long time.   Posted: 05/19/2023 15:53:25

Ron Spencer
Stately and serene, I agree with Tim that the sky/light in the upper left corner is a bit distracting. Otherwise a contemplative, grounding sort of image. Very nice.   Posted: 05/19/2023 21:09:37

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Beautifully composed, Judy. I think I might like it cropped like this because I find the light at the top a bit distracting. Nice job.   Posted: 05/21/2023 21:27:57
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