Gerard Blair  

Defiance by Gerard Blair

June 2022 - Defiance

June 2022 - Gerard Blair


About the Image(s)

Shadows and shapes and texture. For me, this image exemplifies how B&W is better when the color is dull and only distracts from the other forms in the scene.

Of interest perhaps is my new belief (based on published data) that the noise in my camera is less noisy at ISO 320 than at 100: this becomes my new default setting

f/11.0 1/125 ISO 320

Canon EOS 6D Mark II - Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro

7 comments posted

Randy Andre   Randy Andre
I like it (and r/r stuff in general). Great title also. Leads me to imagine an old time steam engine passenger train cruising towards this nail plate. Will it hold against the pressure or let loose and cause a derailment. A classic Perils of Pauline type story. The thing I would potentially change is to lighten the top of the bottom right spike. Nice image.   Posted: 06/02/2022 07:49:11

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
I puzzled over the title for a while and have come up with something different from Randy. My feeling is that this is just like any handiwork I would attempt where the sim pole task of knocking in a nail involves considerable resistance from the nail and the bent head shows just that defiance. Certainly works better in mono but I feel you don't need the intruding object on the left. The contrast is also pretty hard so it might be helped by toning down some of the major surface area.
  Posted: 06/02/2022 08:47:53
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Randy, Peter
Well then, my title does not work. The intent was that "defiance" was the nail that refused to conform; even if it suffered under the blows of the hammer trying to shove it into its hole, it stood up, it stood out, it resisted. Gandhi meets the railroad.
ok - so I've clearly got "issues" - probably better left to a different forum :-)

  Posted: 06/02/2022 12:29:11

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi Gerard. I like industrial close-ups like this. It focuses my eye to appreciate the texture and detail of the subject. It has horizontals, verticals and a diagonal to guide me through the frame. From your image as presented, one can only imagine it is rusty. I thought some different toning might enhance the suggestion of rust. At first I just tried desaturating your original image but it didn't achieve the look I was imagining. The first version is from Silver EFEX using a copper tone. The second image is from Photoshop with the image desaturated and color toning added back in. Curious what you think. (Both of my images are cropped too tightly - so ignore the crop in favor of the toning).   Posted: 06/02/2022 11:59:32
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Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Photoshop version   Posted: 06/02/2022 12:00:18
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Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Well done, Gerard. Great shot of a unique subject. You captured sharp details and nice texture throughout. Black and white made it a stronger (Defiant) image. The dark shadow beneath the bent nail adds impact. I like the story.
There seems to be a few bright spots on the left and one on the lower right. So I slightly cropped off the left and toned down the bright spots. Also I used the healing brush to eliminate the bright spot on the right. I think bright spots detract from the subject. However, that is just my opinion. It's a nice image and you presented it well.   Posted: 06/02/2022 16:53:22
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Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Gerard, This is a beautiful Black and White image. Nice shadows and looks like a 3D image. Great catch. I just cleaned up the left side just a little and put a white small border around the image and cropped the top off.
  Posted: 06/19/2022 13:20:27
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