Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Closed by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

July 2021 - Closed

July 2021 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

This sofa was taken on a trip to the Cane River National Historical Area in the area around Natchitoches, Louisiana, that is between Shreveport and Alexandria. We had driven by this area many times going to Southern Louisiana, but decided to take a short trip to photograph the old plantation buildings there. Of course this is not in the historical area (that is very well preserved) but along the side of the road on the way. It was taken with a Nikon D7200 and Nikon 18-300mm lens at 130mm, 1/60th second, f11 and ISO 250. It was mostly monochrome, so I decided to go with monochome. I cropped in just slightly and converted to monochome with Silver Effects Pro.

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6 comments posted

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Wow, closed for remodeling? For me, you nailed this interesting image that looks like it has lots of stories to tell. The thin border is a nice add. I don't have any suggestions to make it better. Nice capture of a interesting subject Tom...   Posted: 07/03/2021 19:42:22

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
The exposed springs, the "closed" sign, and the "slouch couch" (I had to say that) make this a clever shot. Good eye.   Posted: 07/04/2021 22:41:51

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
In some ways the colour is better because the sofa stands out from the wall. I didn't see why it was called closed for a while as the sign doesn't show up well in the mono-it is much more obvious in the colour. So I suggest going over the sign to lighten the light letters. I would also darken the horizontal white lines on the shutters behind and the diagonal white lines on the right edge of the frame. My husband wanted to crop off the vegetation at the bottom but I think it adds to the overall feeling of dilapidation.
This is the sort of photo I take!   Posted: 07/05/2021 06:30:37

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Fascinating. Good that you are able to capture the moment before the bulldozers get there. The beauty of both color and mono versions are the stories that come to mind while viewing it. The image captures my eyes and won't let go as I think of the history of this storybook-image. Both color and mono are very nice. Lots of things that you could do to enhance contrast and tonalities, but I think the story is more powerful than the image.
  Posted: 07/05/2021 09:44:33

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
I actually like your choice of monochrome for this image, as it seems to better convey the derelict, dilapidated feeling portrayed by the worn-out couch and floor. To me, the closed sign stands out just fine in the monochrome image, but you could try brightening it, too. There are so many textures and details in this image, but in all honesty, I probably would have passed by without noticing much, if any, of that. I'm glad you did notice.   Posted: 07/07/2021 00:01:20

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Your choice in monochrome for this image is a good one. I think the color image doesn't portray the sense of decay that the monochrome does. I agree with Diana that the light portions of the metal grate behind the sofa could be darkened a bit - the brightness brings my eye to them. They look too straight and clean to be part of this dilapidated story. Imagine sitting on this couch on a hot and steamy August afternoon in Louisiana...   Posted: 07/07/2021 06:11:48