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02/19/2009 11:32:24 PM · #1
I've been trying to get a good shot of this courthouse in my hometown for quite sometime and never seem to quite get it right. Today, I wasn't out looking to take a shot, but did have my camera with me. Went around the block twice talking myself into stopping and taking the time out in the cold. I thought the light was good, the random clouds an extra bonus, and knew I'd have to get a shot like this when the trees are bare to highlight the building.

I take a lot of hometown shots and sell quite a few prints at local art shows. I have not had one of this building. Do you think this might make a good print? It's tack sharp in the full res. Do you prefer the color or sepia? Comments welcome, thanks!

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02/19/2009 11:36:20 PM · #2
The sepia, fo sho. What's the big red thing on the left-hand side?
02/19/2009 11:37:59 PM · #3
Seems that you finally were there with the light just right. I think I like the sepia, because it enhances the clouds and brings out all the details of the stonework.
02/19/2009 11:56:06 PM · #4
Originally posted by eamurdock:

The sepia, fo sho. What's the big red thing on the left-hand side?


That's an old bank building across the back street from the courthouse. If I make the color version a print, I will be desaturating the red that you see behind and to the left of the courthouse - which is part of the bank building sign.
02/20/2009 09:42:06 AM · #5
Originally posted by jpochard:

Originally posted by eamurdock:

The sepia, fo sho. What's the big red thing on the left-hand side?


That's an old bank building across the back street from the courthouse. If I make the color version a print, I will be desaturating the red that you see behind and to the left of the courthouse - which is part of the bank building sign.


Ah, that makes sense. Looked like it had a wind-up key stuck in it!

I think the sepia adds a lot.
02/20/2009 09:43:04 AM · #6
I like the color for everyday purposes. If I were making a scary movie I prefer the sepia.

Jeremy
02/20/2009 11:48:42 AM · #7
I much prefer the color version. Just my 2 cents.

02/20/2009 12:00:44 PM · #8
I prefer the color version. If you going to do a sepia version, maybe brighten it slightly. Nice shot by the way, worth repeated attempts.
02/20/2009 02:05:18 PM · #9
I've replaced the originals with updated edits which have reduced the red in the sign of the building behind the courthouse, slightly more cropped, a little more contrast in the color version, fixed the perspective of the tower just a bit - any further and it just didn't look natural to my eye. I also changed the sepia to a little less red/pink tone that I felt would look even redder in the print version.

Any updated opinions welcome :) Especially on the perspective. I thought an angled shot might help rather than doing a straight on photo. I've not really used the perspecive tool much, but does this building seem to be "natural" or acceptable to the eye?
02/20/2009 02:14:14 PM · #10
I like the color version better. It has better depth; the sepia seems flatter and less interesting. However, depending on your market for prints, the sepia may have some appeal to those that want a photo that reflects the age/historic feel of this building.

The perspective looks fine.

Sorry...probably not much help. :-/

02/20/2009 02:30:29 PM · #11
Originally posted by glad2badad:

I like the color version better. It has better depth; the sepia seems flatter and less interesting. However, depending on your market for prints, the sepia may have some appeal to those that want a photo that reflects the age/historic feel of this building.

The perspective looks fine.

Sorry...probably not much help. :-/


Yeah..I really need to get the sepia printed up and then adjust accordingly. What looks good as sepia on my screen doesn't always print up as well. Thanks for the comments :)
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