Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Beauty lost by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

September 2021 - Beauty lost

September 2021 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


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Beauty Lost

While waking around taking some photos of a museum in Cario, IL, I was across the street, and saw this old gate. I just loved the rust and pealing paint. Instead of the entire gate, I decided to use only the 3 center pillars. Until I got home and was looking at them, I had not noticed the spider web. This town is almost a ghost town because of the great loss of residents. There are several old churches and beautiful houses, build in the mid 1800's. Then there are some houses that are falling apart and overgrown. This was taken with my Olympus E-M1 Mark III and Olympus 14-150mm lens at 47mm, 1/30th second, F8 and ISO 200.
I did crop in some, sharpened with Topaz sharpener, and blurred and lightened the roof underhang of the background building. I converted to mono with NIK Silver Effects Pro, Wet Rocks.

7 comments posted

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Conversion approach sounds just right and the result is as it ought to be. Nice work.   Posted: 09/04/2021 19:31:54

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I see what you did with the roof underhang; it makes a difference. Good job.   Posted: 09/07/2021 18:28:20

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
It appears from the portion of it included in your image that this is a very intricate gate. The spider web seems fortunate, as it adds interest for me. I do think I would crop the top of the image to eliminate the left corner, as it is a distraction to me. I also cloned darker bushes over the bright spots on the left side, as I found those somewhat distracting. Here is what I did, so you can see whether you think that helps or not.   Posted: 09/22/2021 22:50:58
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Yes, thank you.   Posted: 09/23/2021 07:52:07

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I like the colour version more than the mono! That lovely touch of red against the deep grey and contrasting with the green foliage. I felt the mono didn't stand out as well from the background. The white vertical stripe was too obtrusive on the left though lightening the roof area was the right decision. Jennifer's cover of the top left corner is good- it is small areas like this which can spoil a picture and until someone else sees it you can't work out what is wrong.   Posted: 09/25/2021 05:10:07
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I really like the color better also, but this is a mono group, and I thought that all of the texture would be a good mono subject.   Posted: 09/25/2021 07:27:29
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Sometimes what looks like it might work in mono really doesn't!   Posted: 09/25/2021 14:29:35


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