Thursday, January 28, 2010

Feed Store

An old feed store near the railroad tracks in historic downtown Richmond, Texas. Taken last weekend.

Title: "Feed Store"

Camera / Lens: Canon 5D Mark II / Canon 24-105mm L zoom
Post-processing: Photomatix Pro to combine 3 handheld exposures (-2, 0, +2) into one HDR (High Dynamic Range) image > Photoshop CS4 > Topaz Adjust plugin > Virtual Photographer plugin


Larry J. Patrick said...

Barry, this photo has lots of interest--good story (you wonder why the building is like it is), nice color combinations and in-your-face, straight-on composition. I feel like I would return to look at the photo several times during a visit to a gallery in which it was hanging.

All that being said, I wonder what the sky adds. It seems that the sky is just there. Next, my small mind cannot seem to get itself around the light that is on the left side. I am not sure what is causing it and as a result, my eye keeps going to it.

Good job presenting some of our past.

Larry said...

I like the composition on this one but I agree with Larry about the streak of light on screen left. I don't mind the sky, especially with the texture you added, and a tighter crop would loose or clip the archetectural angles at the top. When looking a this I wonder if one of your original bracketed shots would de-emphasize the lighting effect.

Doug Haass said...

I agree the light on the left is distracting. I also agree with Larry P. about the sky. It's not a killer for the photo, but cropping down (okay shoot me) adds more impact by focusing more on the building and textures. I would take it under the roof line bricks.

I love the textures and details in the shot. There are a lot of different lines going for it throughout the photo. I also love the earthy colors.

Steve Schuenke said...

I don't mind the sky. I think you'd lose the nice top of the building by cropping out the entire sky. Just my opinion.

Doug Haass said...

To me it's the way the light plays off the building, and everything under the awning. Like I said earlier, the sky does not kill the photo for me. Maybe, a different texture or color texture. The green doesn't seem to fit.

I'm waiting to hear what Barry was trying to do with the sky before making up my mind. If it was designed to cover up a bland sky, I don't think this works and it should just be cropped out or replaced with something that does what he intended. At least that's my thought process for my comments.

I definitely agree the pattern of bricks across the top is nice, but I feel the awning almost crops down to the most interesting part for me. I do like the awning and the pattern across the top of it.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks for the comments everyone!

The mysterious light on the left hand side of the screen is lens flare. I thought it added to the grunge look I was going for. The sky was just OK in the original image and I thought the texture kicked it up a notch! :-)

I have another shot I may post where I composed an image of just part of the scene under the awning.