Saturday, May 13, 2006

Out of the Rust

The famous Uncle Robert pointed out on Friday that there are a million 'sunset' photos, so the wow factor is very difficult to obtain with such images. I think I will try to get back to finding the fascination in the things that normally escape our attention. I hope this image obtains that objective.

I found this little guy (I don't know what kind of vegetation it is) in a shipyard a couple of weeks ago. I like the way he is poking out of the rusty metal beam. I normally don't think too long about why I want to take any particular picture, but this time I did. I liked the new growth coming out from behind old junk. I have actually tried a few photos along this theme, but this was the first time I was satisfied with the results. I also liked the diagonal line that the beam creates and the fact that there are essentially only two colours, green and orange.

There are a few things that should probably be edited in this image, but I haven't really got time. As it stands, I sharpened the left side of the photo and adjusted the exposure just a touch. Bethany and I are heading down to Oregon for a few days to see our new nephew, Benjamin. I'll try to post each day that we are there, but no promises.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 42mm, f/5.0, 1/80 sec, ISO 50


Blogger Azhar said...

Awesome contrast and spectacular detail GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT!

10:04 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Oh to be a little critical : that top right hand corner shadow irritates me a bit :(

10:05 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Suby said...

Oh dear, why or why do you allow the Subster to see this image. I bet as you where posing it you knew what kind of comment I was going to put up.(one of not the nice type).

1stly you have commited a very mortal deadly sin. You comment that "There are a few things that should probably be edited in this image, but I haven't really got time." You haven't got time? he hasn't got time? So then why post an image that you already know does not pass the muster. No point in pointing out to the viewers that Yeah it's crap, but if I had had enough time I would have made it a great shot"

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh. Best thing to do if the image does not pass the muster, leave till you have the time to PP it. As soon as I saw this shot, me went huh, why is it so overexposed, why was the shadow not cropped, erased or clonned out. Why could a little bit more time and effore not be put into what could potientally be a good shot?

Then I read your comments and my free fall was complete.

Lucky for you, even though I haven't really got the time, I WILL make the time to point out your errors. This is by far your weakest shot by miles. Why, cause you could not be bothered. Aaaaahhh, I so dislike reading that.

Now can you redeem yourself (at least in my eyes) Rework this shot and post again, Show the world that Timmybomb can be bothered.


10:38 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Tony said...

I like this image as it makes a surreal landscape with a lone tree, then there’s the images that’s a contrast of iron work and vegetation that really feels great

11:17 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

This shot has great potential. You have a good eye to see things that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.

You pointed out that there is some work to be done on this shot. I would love to see it again after you finish the edits. Not that it is a bad shot, because I don't think it's bad, just it could be better.

Like you, I have a lot to learn, and I sometimes don't take enough time on my own work. Partly because a small part of me views post processing as cheating, partly because I pressure myself to post "something", and partly because I still fall short in the photoshop skills.

3:33 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying you enjoying your camera. The colour of the rusty beam looks like the soil as we flew over Australia, and that of the dusty villages we were in in India. I've been amazed at how much of the earth is actually this reddish/orange hue. Keep exploring and growing.

6:10 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Joann said...

I think it's an excellent shot! Love the green contrasted with the rust tones. Diagonals are always good. The shadow in the corner is a bit distracting, but that's just being picky.

7:24 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Jill said...

Excellent!! Great find... the contrasting colors.

7:57 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Call me crazy, but THIS is an amazing shot. In my books, this is what photography is about...something unique and processing be damned!! There's nothing wrong with sunsets...I quite enjoy them in person and in photos, but this is something different. Keep up the good work.

I just looked at it again in detail and I see NOTHING wrong with this shot as is. It's superb!

8:12 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I have three observations:

First, about this photo - WOW.

Second, about sunsets, there is nothing wrong with a million WOWs if that is how many brilliant sunsets there are in the world. Somethings are majestic enough to see again as if for the first time.

Third, about tweaking photos in photoshop before posting them on line, whether you tweak or not you can never please everyone. So please yourself (that is your privilege) and let others respond as they like, or not respond at all (that is their privilege). Some think tweaking is essential to bring out the best in a picture; others condemn tweaking as not being authentic. No matter what you do there are as many opinions as there are viewers. There is no right or wrong in art. There is only interpretation.

9:42 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I happen to think this is a great shot. Sure, the shadow in the corner is a touch distracting, but no worse than I've done on many occasions. But I love the flecks of rust along the right-side of the sprout. I also love the contrast between the two colours. Very nice work!

10:35 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous sil said...

Amazing shot. At first I thought it was a pine tree somewhere on a mountain side... :) Great detail. Well done!

11:23 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Ana said...

man, this is a great capture! very much my kind of shot!

4:39 AM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Alice said...

Timmy, despite the rather unnecessary harsh criticism from Suby, who by all means is free to express an opinion, I think this is a fantastic shot. I'd also like to see the "edited" shot later, but overall, I think this shows you've really got a good eye for things. I think this is one of your stronger photos you've taken.

And to echo what Jeff said, you can never please everyone. Photoshop an image IF you feel it requires it, but if not and you're happy with it, then leave it.

Some people tend to have more tact than others when criticising others' work, and while we're all free to express our opinions, one thing that makes photography and art in general exciting is the artist's ability and freedom to do whatever it is they want with an image. What one person sees as beautiful, another may see as ugly. That's what art is all about. Interpretation. Opinion. Among other things. :-)

Keep up the great work and don't get discouraged! You're doing a great job.

6:01 AM, May 16, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

I think it's fine without post-processing. I might like to see this with a vertical crop (leaving quite a bit of the rust on the right side). Cheers.

4:26 PM, May 16, 2006  
Blogger Fraser said...

I LIKE this shot. There are those whose lives allow time for endless photoshopping, but this is a good capture. The dominant colours and the living sprig are a marvellous contrast. And don't stop taking sunsets.

2:48 AM, May 17, 2006  
Anonymous pixibition said...

cool the composition and color contrast....the rusty texture and rough edge work well wt a green plant...great find:-)

1:25 PM, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

jeff summed it up for me with his three points!
myself ... love the subject matter, really love the colours, & love the rusty textures ... great spot ... great shot!!

4:30 AM, May 20, 2006  

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