Ed Ries  


Suburban Landscape by Ed Ries

July 2021 - Suburban Landscape

About the Image(s)

Technical: Canon EOS 5Ds, 24mm , f/16, 1/640
sec , ISO 400. The original image is a color HDR converted to B&W in Bridge 2021. The sky was softened a bit with a mask and gaussian blur. High pass sharpening.


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11 comments posted




John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
An interesting subject well seen and captured.
It is intriguing that all the vehicles seem to much the same type.
The effect of your processing helps greatly to tell the story.   Posted: 07/09/2021 01:32:13



Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Ed: I love old cars and you've captured a bunch! Great clouds to boot! To my eye, you image appears a bit flat and think your image might benefit from a levels or curves adjustment.   Posted: 07/09/2021 16:14:46
Ed Ries
Thanks Ella. I'll play with in levels and see what I come up with.   Posted: 07/11/2021 15:04:16



Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ed - I too like to photograph abandoned cars in the landscape and you have nailed the composition here.
Not sure re. Ella's suggestion to play around with contrast and rather than blurring the sky I think I would have overlaid a white layer in Soft Light mode with an opacity of 15%. I often use this method to control contrast, particularly in skies.   Posted: 07/13/2021 07:21:41
Ed Ries
Peter thanks for the suggested technique. Never thought of using that technique.   Posted: 07/15/2021 12:12:57
Ed Ries
Peter thanks for the suggested technique. Never thought of using that technique.   Posted: 07/15/2021 12:12:59



Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Ed, I have never taken images of abandoned cars. That may change! I would suggest opening the shadows, and increasing the contrast   Posted: 07/14/2021 15:01:40
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Ed Ries
Thanks for the suggestion Paul.   Posted: 07/21/2021 22:18:16



Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ed
You certainly don't come across this everyday well certainly not in the U.K.
The grass growing and engulfing the cars tells a tale of dereliction and neglect, well composed the various positions of the bonnets/hoods adds a non uniform aspect which I like if you were able to move around them I would imagine there were plenty more interesting images to be had.
Well seen and well presented.   Posted: 07/14/2021 16:21:48



Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Interesting view with so many cars in a single view. Most images that I have seen are of single abandoned vehicles rusting away. Unusual that yours all seem to be the same brand and decade of manufacture.   Posted: 07/16/2021 13:17:02



Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
(Group 3)
Hi Ed. I really like your image. Old, abandoned, discarded and forgotten things are favorite subjects for me. Nice composition and the sky is amazing. I do agree with Paul and I like his edit.   Posted: 07/21/2021 20:40:40