Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
OK - it's still the bottom photo, but THIS bottom photo, rather than THAT bottom photo.Very nice.
I prefer the top image, Tom, even though it has a bit of an HDR feel to it and is a touch more contrasty.
I prefer the top photo. I'd love to see the original image, straight out of the camera, just to see the changes you've made. I'm usually a fan of HDR type effects but that top photo is striking.
Boy, this is tougher than I thought. Top, bottom, old, new. How the hell am I supposed to decide when readers are split down the middle? I know--a coin toss! Yep, that's it, leave it to chance and gravity. I appreciate the input--many thanks for those who responded.
I definitely like the top image from each post best, but it's a close call between those two. I think I'm going to say the top image here. The added effect gives it a haunting quality similar to what I see and admire in a lot of your work.
The only thing I don't really like in these images is that the sky seems to be monochrome. Otherwise, it's an interesting effect and I think I may like it better than the "straight" image. Oh, to have the money to be able to print an image exploring all the permutations until one can be sure that the print is as good as it can be. Of course, more choices can aggravate the situation, instead of making it easier!
Reece -- Amen to that. I feel as if I'm bleeding expensive ink. And paper, don't get me started on that. Personally I like the muted sky with heightened contrast, and when printed out it looks stunning. The metal of the locomotive almost glistens in the light. I think I'm favoring the lower photo but might add just a touch of warmth to the engine itself. A work in progress for sure.
I think they're both gorgeous. The additional light on the engine in the bottom helps bring out the shine of the metal, though when the entire image is lightened that patch of sky loses texture and goes too light, drawing attention away from the locomotive. For that reason I prefer the top version. Some use of layer masking may give you the best of both versions.
You're right, Dave. I prefer the bottom image but the sky needs work. Back to the drawing board.
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