From a purely technical viewpoint both these shots were on the tough side. The tractor was in full shadow so I did pop up the "peanut" flash and used it to help open the shadow, then did the rest in Lightroom. The Wall was an interesting exercise in balancing exposure, DOF, trying to hold detail in the sky... What did we do before Lightroom?
1945 Allis Chalmers Model C tractor by Charles Haacker, on Flickr
This tractor is nearly as beat up as the one Matt photographed, but we also know this one's remarkable provenance:
The Homestead National Monument’s newest display is a not-so-new 1945 Allis Chalmers Model C tractor. Most of its original orange color is worn away. The seat is a beat-up wooden box. But this weathered workhorse has a story to tell.
“It’s this tractor that represents the end of our nation’s epic homestead movement,” Homestead National Monument superintendent Mark Engler told an audience at an unveiling ceremony for the tractor last fall. “A tractor that was used by the nation’s last homesteader, Ken Deardorff.” Read the whole story here: http://netnebraska.org/article/news/111 ... mesteaders from NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations
The Living Wall: All the States Affected by the Homestead Act by Charles Haacker, on Flickr
The wall is a physical representation of the percentage of land successfully homesteaded in each of the 30 states affected, including Alaska, the last. Each steel cutout has a square cut into it representing the land homesteaded in that state until the end of the Act in 1986. About 10% of all the land in the U.S. was homesteaded.