Lauren Heerschap  

Oyster Shack by Lauren Heerschap

September 2021 - Oyster Shack

September 2021 - Lauren Heerschap


About the Image(s)

Shot with infrared converted Olympus OMD EM5-Mark 2 converted to 590 filter camera with a 12-100mm lens. I used a Red-Blue swap, and in Lightroom changed the HSL sliders to create the trees in oranges and yellows and blue sky. Since a monochrome has more dynamic range of tones with colors, I then took it into Photoshop, and converted it to monochrome using Silver Efex Pro and with control points for dynamic range, contrast etc. Finally I ran it through Topaz Denoise. I actually like the original color too!

6 comments posted

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
What an interesting old building, it doesn't look as if it has much longer to stand. I am not sure that the bland sky adds to the image so I would be inclined to crop it out altogether. This would place more emphasis on the building and its reflection which I think are the most appealing parts of the image. There are also some minor distractions in the background, a pole an what looks like a sign, that I might clone out but these are just small points. Overall an interesting image.   Posted: 09/15/2021 11:29:17

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
One of my IR conversion cameras is also 590nm and I often get those tones, which are unnatural, but I like them. For this image, I believe your choice to go to monochrome was good, and it appears to me that you have good tonal range. I guess this was a shack to start with, but what a shame it has been abandoned since it looks like an idyllic location. It makes me want to go camping again.   Posted: 09/16/2021 15:28:30

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Never thought about an oyster shack on the west coast but that is cool as I have seen many shanties for oysters or crabs on the east coast. Both of the photos are interesting , I gravitate to the B&W but the color version has a unique quality to it. The only thing I might change is the sign(?) that is along the fence line. It doesn't do anything except distract.   Posted: 09/19/2021 15:01:53
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Hi Debbie,

I appreciate everyone's comments. I think the "sign" you are referring to is actually an old truck in the background. It says "Oysters" which I think adds to the reason of the photo. I am inclined for that reason to keep it.   Posted: 09/20/2021 14:23:47

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Yay, glad to see another Olympus shooter here. I might add a bit more contrast, or try dehaze in lightroom. I also like the original color one from the camera. You could try and bring down the saturation, and I think that one would look nice.   Posted: 09/20/2021 11:51:04

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
I do agree that the original has its appeal but that appeal would probably be limited to those who know the colors from infrared. The b/w is a strong subject so would be accepted more readily. My only suggestion is to experiment with adding more contrast to have the blacks stand out. A photographer I know, who does absolutely beautiful b/w, recommends in converting a color to b/w to go to Brightness and Contrast and add 35 to the contrast. I've tried it and it does make a difference.   Posted: 09/26/2021 08:03:44


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