Gerard Blair  

Bethlehem Steel : Four Stacks by Gerard Blair

May 2022 - Bethlehem Steel : Four Stacks

May 2022 - Gerard Blair


About the Image(s)

This is part of the old plant - that was closed in the mid 90's
Now it a decaying tourist landmark.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II - Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM
f2.8 1/800 ISO 100

7 comments posted

Randy Andre   Randy Andre
Very ominous indeed. reminds me of the Old b/w science fiction movies I watched as a kid (Flash Gordon with his perennial bad guy Ming the Merciless). Love the vulture(?) caught in the top left. Maybe a little less contrast on the vertical pipes to show them as more black and maybe a little more of the building at the bottom but that is only conjecture on my part. Nice!!   Posted: 05/06/2022 14:59:33

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Gerard, another dramatic image that was nicely composed and edited. And your patience and timing to include the raptor is the cherry on the sundae. I think your high contrast treatment works very well for this image and I particularly like how you managed the sky. In comparing the original with your final, I never would have guessed you could have achieved this result. I would love to know more about your editing. My only critique is that I feel the highlights on the stacks are too strong and I'd prefer to see them brought down a touch. I'm envisioning this printed large on a piece of metallic paper. Nicely done!   Posted: 05/06/2022 15:07:30
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Michael - Thanks for the comments - yes the stacks are a little strong.
I have to confess that my editing is totally dependent upon Nik software - it changed my life, well at least my style. In general I tend to pass images through both the color and silver tools and then to merge the two in photoshop producing a semi-saturated chimera. For B&W of course I stop at one - and then dodge selectively.   Posted: 05/06/2022 16:29:34

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
I like this very much but concur with the view on the harsh lighting on the stacks. It does have creepy feel to it especially with the wires hanging down almost reminiscent of a gallows! -Maybe the product of my over-active or deranged imagination. But I would like to suggest something al little more radical. Why not take out the lefthand stack and have just three - it could be done by filling in the sky and by some additional work to get rid of the messy bits. That might give it more drama as I find the fourth stack intrusive. See the rather quick version attached.   Posted: 05/07/2022 12:33:23
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Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Peter I like it   Posted: 05/07/2022 15:37:03

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Gerard,
This is a powerful image. You restored the towering strength of the old stacks. The black and white conversion and your editing techniques gave it a new life. Great perspective, good light, and the stacks provide strong lines and shapes. The dramatic sky adds impact. Well done indeed.   Posted: 05/09/2022 08:11:18

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Hi Gerard, You have a great imagination. I do like the image Peter posted with just the three pipes coming up. I too feel like the image is a like over cooked. But, I love the story this image is telling. I can look and look and study the image. Great angles and good texture in the sky.   Posted: 05/10/2022 13:09:08


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