Nick Delany  

Abandonment by Nick Delany

June 2022 - Abandonment

About the Image(s)

The outcome I seek is to create an image that illustrates “Abandonment”. I want it to evoke a poignant or nostalgic emotion but not one of sadness or fear. So, the scene needs to be pleasant to look at, without the presence of a person and depicting old and abandoned locations or items.
Heritage Acres on Vancouver Island has thousands of collectible items depicting life on the Island over the past centuries. The items range from buildings, vehicles, machines and individual items used over the last 100 plus years.
Exposure : ISO 100 1/30s f/8 Exposure comp -0.6 Focal Length 28mm Tripod
Post Production Process
Import RAW file to Capture One
Keystone - adjust vertical to -16.5
HDR - Increase Shadow +30. Decrease Black -49
Burn - light post ends , door step, roof and truck window to tone down whites
Crop : reduce Top, left & right. Leave negative space open
Apply Finish filters in Color Effex Pro 4
- Detail Extractor at 39% & contrast at 6% with control points on Truck & cabin only
- PRO Contrast filter : Dynamic at 31% & Correct Contrast at 22%
Tonal Contrast filter : Highlights 25% / Midtones 50% in High Pass
Decided not to apply sepia finish & saved file back to Capture one.
Burned down roof and window of truck
Created Luma range adjusted Dodge & burn filters to work more contrast into log cabin & truck
Final check of levels of Blacks & White
Export as 1920 x 1400 pix jpeg file

6 comments posted

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Nick: You achieved your goal! Your image definitely captures a time gone by. Great composition and beautifully processed. To my eye the BW fits this image perfectly, I do not believe sepia would be an improvement. Not a +/- just an observation... someone takes care of the place as seen by how the grass is cut by the front tire of the Ford truck. Tell me I'm right re: the truck :-)   Posted: 06/06/2022 07:25:36
Nick Delany   Nick Delany
You are right Ella about the truck & grass   Posted: 06/12/2022 18:22:50

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Nick - very well done and you have succeeded in your self imposed brief!
Processing very well controlled to bring out the best in the image although I do find the light tones on the car bonnet and mud guards to be a little bright.
I would be tempted to crop a little of the grass off the bottom of the image.   Posted: 06/09/2022 05:21:22
Nick Delany   Nick Delany
I agree the mud guards and bonnet need more work despite my two prior attempts. I know it's darker than when I started but I need to look with fresh eyes as to how much further it needs to go.   Posted: 06/12/2022 18:25:31

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Nick, an excellent interpretation of your intention.
Going in tight has been very effective   Posted: 06/14/2022 03:41:50

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Nick
I concur with my fellow group members you succeeded in your brief great spot by Ella about the grass,wonderful tones and textures on the bodywork of the vehicle,like Peter I thought the mudguards could just be toned down a little further,the panel between the door and the engine cover has a great tone if you could get the mudguards close to that tonal range it would be fabulous.   Posted: 06/14/2022 15:34:33


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