Old House, Alleghany County, North Carolina (light sepia)

by Kelly Landrum

old house alleghany county north carolina light se seeking critique kelly landrum

Gallery: Mountains and Woods

Tags: seeking critique

Category: Landscape

Exif Information:
Make : Canon
Model : Canon EOS 5D
Date Time Original : 2009-08-22 23:36:19
Focal Length : 70/1
Shutter Speed Value : 1/256
Exposure Time : 1/250
Aperture Value : 9.9
F Number : 9.9
Iso Speed Ratings : 1600
Flash : 16
Metering Mode : 5
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Software : Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows

Published: Sunday 4th of October 2009 10:55:33 PM


Landrum Kelly
Thanks, Patsy. Bill, your version is certainly more dramatic. There's no doubt about that. Thanks for viewing. --Lannie

Patsy Dunn
Lannie, I think this looks really nice. I also like Bill's version. It which one you like best. Its a great image. Regards, Patsy

Tommy Mostrup
I like yiur picture. It is a matter of temper, whether you want more ore less dramatic. You have a very good perspective in the image. And the BW works fine. What lenght of focus did you use ? Tommt

Bill Kantor
Contrast enhancements I think this interpretation is a bit flat. There is a lot going on tonally in the grasses and it is lost. The leading line of the road can also be used more by lightening. Overall it is nice but needs some contrast work. I would try using Shadows and Highlights, and some burn/dodge. My interpretation.

Landrum Kelly
Tommy, I used a 24-70 zoom, but I don't remember where it was set. In addition, it was further cropped back to this--so I can't say for sure what the equivalent focal length would be on this one. It was shot with a full-frame sensor camera. Another option I have on this one is to heighten contrast on the sky only (since I really like the sky in Bill's version), but keep the sense of gentleness and peacefulness at the old home place by keeping the contrast low on that portion. This one is still a work in progress for me, if I ever decide to print it. I thought that I was there, but I'm not done yet. Thanks for your comments. --Lannie

George Gallant
Compromise I like the photo, but agree with the others that there has to be some compromise to adding some contrast. I do like the original, of the areas of the grassy areas. What I would focus on would be the house, especially the right side from the door over to the tree on the right. It seems very dark in that area and with a little gamma lighting, would expose some of the detail lost in the darkness. Overall just a tad more contrast. Very nice photo g

Bill Kantor
Lanndrum, Have you re-posted the original with a lightened version? I am looking at the comparison and have to agree with the George and the other posters that I overdid it a bit. Admittedly I am looking here on an uncalibrated laptop LCD monitor (with the angle dependent gamma problem) so that may have something to do with it. Anyway I do like the photo and agree that I may have overdone the contrast enhancements a bit. Best, Bill

Landrum Kelly
You're probably right, George. I left it dark for the mysterious effect, but it might be better to play it straight. Thanks for commenting. Bill, I haven't touched it since you posted, I don't think, but I do love your sky and might import a similar version into the image. Thanks. --Lannie

Landrum Kelly
Old House, Alleghany County, North Carolina (light sepia) This is my last attempt to make something out of this one. Comments are welcome.


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