Melanie Hurwitz  

Nestled by Melanie Hurwitz

January 2022 - Nestled

January 2022 - Melanie Hurwitz


About the Image(s)

Back to barns this month. This was taken in the Smoky Mountains. As the title suggests, the derelict structure seemed to be tucked into the surrounding foliage. The horizontal branches added to the framing.
Converted in Silver Efex, using control points to add Structure and contrast.
Sony, 24 mm ISO 200 1/500

12 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Melanie,
Happy New Year. No one dare accuse you of poor contrast or lack of pure blacks/whites in this one! "Nestled" is a fantastic title in my view, and I only wonder if this scene would be more visually powerful in sepia tone versus the boldness of pure black and white?   Posted: 01/01/2022 09:32:47
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Your critique is always great. I think I do like the vintage look very much.   Posted: 01/04/2022 10:50:33
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Gary Potts   Gary Potts
YES! Brilliant touch, Melanie...fits the bill just perfectly imho.   Posted: 01/04/2022 12:32:02
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Yes, sometimes even just a hint of sepia works so well, lovely!   Posted: 01/04/2022 10:58:34

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi. This is a perfect scene for IR photography. The foliage wraps the barn and the branches make the picture dynamic. Nicely seen and handled.   Posted: 01/01/2022 17:46:25
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thanks Arik   Posted: 01/04/2022 10:48:24

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
This is just perfect, Melanie, the way you've composed and handled post processing. Even the touch of highlighted line pointing towards the barn adds to the scene, thereby giving it a bit of separation. Full marks!   Posted: 01/01/2022 23:37:09
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Always so kind Thank you Palli   Posted: 01/04/2022 10:49:01

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
You always set up just right Melanie for your shots, its as if you clipped the branches. Very nice, but Gary makes a good point about a possible alternate version.   Posted: 01/03/2022 10:24:42
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
As I admire your always wonderful compositional perspective
See the toned image in Gary's critique   Posted: 01/04/2022 10:52:25

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I would keep the location of this venerable old structure "Nestled" in secrecy...

Many of us like to photograph old barns in IR, always seems like a great match, but this composition is so unique. The barn's dark exterior against the foliage framing it captures you immediately.

Great way to keep off our New Year together



  Posted: 01/04/2022 12:14:04

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Melanie I've got to agree with the earlier comments, but raise a couple questions for you. Positive comments were made on your raising of highlights to contrast with the barn, but would a bit more be even better?   Posted: 01/04/2022 21:21:00


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