Mark sent me this photo to take a look at. I like to include what the person said because I’ve found that many of my fellow photographers have either had similar questions or have been in a similar situation. Here’s what Mark had to say:
The attached photo is from a photo outing in the area of Kansas City known as West Bottom, once the geographic location of the old stockyards. I hoped to show the solitude of the under bridge and convey a sense of “strength” by demonstrating it’s continuity. In the absence of any interesting graffiti, I elected to concentrate on the pillars and center lines. How would you have shot this scene? Attached are raw and post processed images. Thank you very much.
Ok Mark, you asked how I would have shot this scene. Well that all depends on whether Armour and Swift are still operating. I grew up in Kansas City Missouri, (went to Mizzou) and my dad had a couple of grocery stores. One of them was in Kansas City, Kansas at 7th and Parallel, and during the summer I worked there. Several times a week I was sent to these companies to pick something up. I remember trying to hold my breath as long as I could because the smell of the stockyards (where they were butchering the pigs and cows) was beyond words!!!
So I would probably be holding my breath during the exposure.
If not, here’s how I would have shot it:
BTW Mark, to me your name is too big, and since the viewer is going to look at your image from left to right, I think I would move it way over to the left and scale it back. That said, just because you have the ‘C’ in a circle, that doesn’t mean it’s protected…in fact it really isn’t. In order for your photograph to be fully protected it has to be registered with the Library of Congress. It has to have been registered before the date where someone used it without permission and published it.
As far as your post processed image is concerned, it doesn’t look real. The structure is way too old and your new “paint job” doesn’t fit. So many photographers tend to over process, to the point where it looks like it was over processed. In my opinion, if you’re going to do any post processing, then make it look like you didn’t. It’s one of the important areas I cover both in my online class with the BPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around our planet.
Thanks for the submission, and I hope my critique helped.
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