Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Old West Virginia house by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

June 2021 - Old West Virginia house

June 2021 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

An interesting old house spotted along the side of the road. I thought that all of the red was a distraction and so went with monochrome. I did use dehaze to bring out the blue in the sky and content aware fill to get rid of the flapping piece of roofing. I also cleaned up the wires and roof antenna and cropped in just a bit.

9 comments posted

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
For me, the B&W is just what this pleasant image needs. Your edit as is is perfect. The fence, house, mountain & sky make your image interesting. Very nice image Tom   Posted: 06/01/2021 16:52:08
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thank you for your comments.   Posted: 06/09/2021 16:46:46

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Much better than the color. Getting rid of the red was a good idea. Color touches are usually advantageous, but you were right in this case to go monochrome.
The texture of the house siding shows up much better in monochrome, and so does the fence.   Posted: 06/05/2021 20:09:49
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thank you. The red was a distraction to me. I also think that the mono has more of a dark mood, like the abandoned house that it is.   Posted: 06/09/2021 16:48:39

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree that you were right to go for monochrome despite the lovely red tones. Good job on the removal of the nasty bit of loose roof. However, what do you think about also removing the fence line which has caught the light and leads out of the frame? I have used the patch tool in 3 sections to do this but I am not very expert in removing large areas like this. Cloning and content aware did not look even as natural as this effort.   Posted: 06/12/2021 09:33:14
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
That makes it into a different image. I know that the fence leads out, and that a fence can be a stop to the eye entering an image. However, I like the fence and think it adds to the mood of the image because it keeps you away from the house and adds to the isolated feeling.   Posted: 06/12/2021 21:52:13
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes, I agree that it does change the image significantly. In the end, it is down to what you the photographer prefer -it's your picture!   Posted: 06/13/2021 13:31:00

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I too, like the inclusion of the fence (for the reason you stated.)
An elegant remnant of a by-gone period. (You captured the image before lightning hit or the bulldozer got it. If that is the only purpose of the image, it is well worth it to many observers.)
Well done.   Posted: 06/16/2021 16:40:19

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
The fence doesn't bother me, although I might consider darkening the log/wooden part of it a bit. As others already mentioned, the monochrome is effective here, and the overcast sky helps add to the somber mood. This is a particularly nostalgic image for me, as my grandparents' big, old two-story Texas farmhouse was relocated off the family property this past week. So many of these old homes are becoming victims of their age and the changing times, I'm afraid.   Posted: 06/22/2021 23:56:44


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