Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA  

Greensburg Courthouse by Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA

May 2022 - Greensburg Courthouse

May 2022 - Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA


About the Image(s)

I'm back to my more 'traditional' IR this month with this one taken late last year. It carries a unique story. Birds apparently dropped their waste into the clock tower's uppermost sections, and over time, there was enough organic matter to allow the tree you see to grow out from it! It's a mulberry, and of course, the fruits of the tree are a real treat for birds, and their seeds are Mother Nature worked to make this 'famous' tree come alive and survive. An Indiana state arborist cares for it, and life has been precarious over the years. I just took this with normal IR settings, and the conversion to full monochrome was actually done by going into Image> Adjustments in Photoshop CC, then to Channel Mixer and checked the black and white box. Normal Levels and Curves were adjusted thereafter. Oh, yes, I did do a modest perspective correction for the tilt in the clock tower itself. My low, looking up perspective, still has some distortion in the true verticals. NIKON D300 camera converted by LifePixel to DeepBWIR, 18-70mm lens at 18mm (27mm equivalent in full frame), ISO 400, 1/90th second at f8.

10 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
"WOW". A great shot beautifully composed and processed. The glowing trees and the clouds are nicely portrayed and add value to the picture. Outline of the building also helps. Wonder if you'd consider removing the lamp post ... just a minor suggestion!!
  Posted: 05/01/2022 05:30:06
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thank you Palli...   Posted: 05/03/2022 10:30:39

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi Gary. Excellent composition and processing of the picture. The light didn't come from the best direction, and the front of the building is in the shade, but you handled it well. It does make the white foliage stand out against the darker architecture.   Posted: 05/01/2022 06:14:11
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks Arik...let me tweak the shadowed building fronts and see what I can come up with...   Posted: 05/03/2022 10:31:24

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Gary - Terrific subject beautifully rendered in B&W IR. Love the white trees and dramatic sky. My only thought is that your perspective correction made the overall composition a bit too "squat" compared to the original. I went into free transform and squished it a bit. I think it makes the tower soar more like it does in the original. Just a thought.   Posted: 05/01/2022 10:25:50
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Gary Potts   Gary Potts
An astute observation, Henry...many thanks.   Posted: 05/03/2022 10:32:57

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
The whites in this are so compelling, Gary, they make the image. The trees on the left feel a little stretched, not sure if this is because of the perspective correction. Nicely done.   Posted: 05/02/2022 11:16:37
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thanks Jack...I 'see' it too, let me work on that.   Posted: 05/03/2022 10:33:27

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Gary,
This is such a gracious building which you have presented so well. The clouds of course help to give it a finish. But the thing I like most is the tree line, especially the majestic mulberry. Loved the story!   Posted: 05/08/2022 15:52:51

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Your traditional IR is always welcome in my view and always well done.

I love the look of an 830nm image the whites of the foliage are so pure and contrast with the Courthouse so well. Overall the histogram extends tp both sides so the tonal range is perfect

I wonder if the mulberry will spawn an offspring ?

I apologize for my late comments

Emil   Posted: 05/16/2022 12:37:33


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