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Somewhere on the Eastern Plains

Post by Bobby Deal » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:11 am

Actually this old homestead is about 20 miles north of Briggsdale Colorado.
I have posted a color version of the Briggsdale Grain Mill elsewhere so thought I would share the B&W version here.
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Post by minniev » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:13 pm

I'm a big fan of the subject matter, and of the compositions. I like the monochrome versions much better than the color interpretations, especially the first where your processing tones down the sky. Though intense color treatment (HDR and its cousins) is popular, it's not an approach I like, so it's hard for me to properly critique it in an objective manner, but I'll share my own conclusions. I find the blues in the top image too intense and distracting from the terrific subject matter of the building and silo, and that classic pickup. In the sepia version, the building and truck become the primary subject matter, allowing the excellent composition to become the dominant factor.

The second image, whose color version is not shown here but is posted elsewhere, is another great building and shot from a very well chosen angle. I'd prefer to either have a bit more space on the left or straighten that vertical a bit so it didn't jump out at me.

The detailed processing has left you with some halos in both the color and monochrome versions, around the usual edges where these things appear. I think the images would be improved by eliminating those.

You have some wonderful subject matter to create an amazing collection! Makes me jealous...
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Post by Duck » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:58 pm

The one that catches my eye is the sepia toned image of the truck. Something about the warm tones and the dilapidated look of the farmhouse all work together for me.
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Post by St3v3M » Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:37 am

You gotta love an old rusted pickup truck! S-
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