Arik Gorban  

Wick House – Jockey Hollow, National Historic Park by Arik Gorban

November 2021 - Wick House – Jockey Hollow, National Historic Park

November 2021 - Arik Gorban


About the Image(s)

Jockey Hollow is in Morristown, NJ. I’ve been hiking and photographing this park and the Wick House for many years and in all seasons. My Nikon D300 is converted with a 720nm filter. This time, I took the picture from across the field in order to get the house wrapped with white grasses and trees. I used 70mm (105mm eqiv), ISO 200, F9, 1/200 sec, -0.33EV. After the initial tonal adjustments in ACR, post processing in Photoshop included channel swapping, tonal adjustment, adding some soft glow, and coloring the house in red (a bit brighter than the actual red color).

This round’s discussion is now closed!
13 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts

I have done these partial-coloring images a lot with IR and am obviously biased. I like this a great deal for the whole presentation--composition, placement, dream-like effect, and visual impact. My only suggestion is to consider also painting the one side wall of the building. Just coloring the window frame on the side appears a bit odd to me.   Posted: 11/03/2021 18:50:56
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thanks, Gary. I agree with your comment. I guess that knowing the place worked against me. That side is light brown shingles and red window frames. Here is a normal picture from that side of the house.   Posted: 11/03/2021 18:58:06
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Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Arik, this subject is made all the more dreamy with IR and your processing of the image. I especially like adding the red and allowing some blue tones in the background. Your treating of the grass as a graceful compositional element adds a lovely touch. My 2 cents for improving the image includes using the stamp tool to place covering foliage on the left wall of the barn, and perhaps deleting some of the stuff to right of the barn.   Posted: 11/03/2021 21:49:21
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Charles.   Posted: 11/06/2021 09:09:22

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
This made me smile, Arik, just lovely.

I agree with Gary's point about the other side of the building.
Also, I don't think the fence at left contributes. With that cropped out, the scene becomes even more dreamy, wistful.

The grassy foreground and hint of the blue sky all contribute to a scene with wonderful mood; great job.

Edit: seeing your response to Gary, I still think it would be nice if you could color that side red, even if the original was gray or brown as you say.   Posted: 11/04/2021 11:28:52
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Jack. This is a national historic monument, so I want to keep the original look. I agree that pictorially, it's a bit odd.   Posted: 11/06/2021 09:12:16

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Arik
A lovely scene the way you've depicted. Am enjoying every bit of the image... specially its dreamy look. On a minor point however, I tend to agree with Jack regarding the fence.
  Posted: 11/04/2021 23:51:59
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Palli. I'll play with the composition. I may not be able to shoot it again with leaves on the trees until the spring.   Posted: 11/06/2021 09:15:30

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Simply gorgeous IR landscape

Love the red building. Good photos have a place the eye rests or returns to and this is one in my mind. Gary's comment about painting the side wall will only lift the shot more.

The foreground details of the tall grass in the shadows is off the charts, it adds so much to visual impact.

Well done

Emil   Posted: 11/08/2021 12:27:48
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Emil.   Posted: 11/08/2021 17:07:55

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Arik, The use of color within an IR image does not always work. Here, as the other members of the group agree, this is exceptional. The soft surrounding tones and the crisp red barn give a wonderful and inviting balance As you know the building well, I can imagine that you are not keen to add red to the side. I would think of it a artistic license, such as a painter would do. Well done!   Posted: 11/09/2021 15:26:19
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Melanie. Yesterday, I went back to try to shoot it from a little to the right of my earlier spot and have the small tree hide that wall. Well, the trees near and behind the house lost all their leaves and the field in the foreground is mowed. Considering that this is a well-recognized historic site, I prefer not to paint the shingles. If you look at my work on FB or IG, you'll see that I'm all for creative freedom when it comes to post processing.   Posted: 11/09/2021 15:40:17
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
By the way, I just had another article published in the PSA Travel Division Newsletter. It's about creating personal travel photography projects.
  Posted: 11/09/2021 15:42:08