Leah Konicki  

Farm Stand: Eggs $4.00 by Leah Konicki

October 2021 - Farm Stand: Eggs $4.00

October 2021 - Leah Konicki


About the Image(s)

I was taking advantage of a lovely early fall day, driving down a country road, when I noticed a sign "Eggs $4.00 Home Grown Honey." I glanced down the small drive and noticed the farm stand at the end of the short road. It was demanded that I turn around at the next intersection to try to photograph it. It's not really abandoned or closed for the season; it seems to be self-serve on the honor system. While I was there with my camera, a man came along, parked his car, and took some eggs - I assumed he left money behind as well, though can't say for sure.

My goal in the edit was to emphasize the stand itself, cropping in and trying to tease out the details of the wood and screen.

Taken with my Panasonic Lumix GX 9, the Leica 12-60 zoom (24-120 equivalent), both my current go-to's. 2500, 1/100, f/10.

6 comments posted

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I applaud you for stopping to take a shot of two of this country farm stand. I too hope the honor system is working well for the owner.

I thought I would try something with your image since the lettering is white. In PhotoShop you can turn day into night by adding a Levels Layer and moving the middle slider (triangle actually) to the right which darkens the image, how much is up to the artist. I then converted it to BW using the BW layer in PS. I finished in LR by adding two radial gradients to lighten the facade and lettering and another along the same axis but into the gravel. The grads represent a lightsource in the upper left of your frame and out of view.

Food for thought


  Posted: 10/02/2021 11:45:03
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Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
Emil, I was unaware of the day-to-night ability but confess I do not use photoshop. I can barely limp along in lightroom. I like the way the lettering stands out in your rendition, and the idea of imagining a light source - the sky was flat and no shadows when I was there. You've added some drama that I feel was missing from my version. Thanks!   Posted: 10/13/2021 19:05:36

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Leah, I played with your original image and couldn't come up with a B&W conversion that was nearly as good as yours.You really did an outstanding job bringing out the wood texture and the screen on the farm stand. Extremely well done!

So, after giving up on using the original and enhancing your post-processing, I tried starting with your B&W image. My goal was to slightly reduce the brightness of the trees surrounding the stand. I selected the non-stand areas and simply reduced the whites and the highlights. Those changes only made a subtle difference. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 10/11/2021 09:20:03
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Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
Thanks, Oliver, subtle but effective differences. I agree that decreasing the light/white in the trees in the background helps keep those areas from being quite as distracting. I will play around with that some, as I think I was not quite content with my original edit. Funny how sometimes when you see one's images onscreen they look a bit different than expected.   Posted: 10/13/2021 19:03:04

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Leah, Nice job. Good choice to focus on the stand itself. I like the pattern that you created in the screen. I think you accomplished your goal of bringing out the wood and screen details. You might consider pulling down the highlights on the ground in front of the stand.
  Posted: 10/15/2021 13:03:44
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LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Leah,

I love, love, your image! I also think you received excellent suggestions from everyone in the group. Here is my take on something different. I use Nik Double Exposure 6 in the Classic Camera section. It also applies a light leak from the left side which I thought was pretty classic for a very classic building.

Curious what you think.

LT   Posted: 10/15/2021 15:30:34
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