Challenge: Doors (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: Lansing, MI
Date: Aug 17, 2008
Shutter: 1/2 sec
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2008
|This abandoned train was sort of a spur of the moment shot. I wanted to do a door shoot that would hopefully be unique from all the other entries. I stopped at a couple of cemeteries to take a few pics of some mausoleum doors, but they didn't hit me as anything special. I was losing light anyways and decided to hit the road.
As I was driving near my office, I remembered this old abandoned train - the same one where I used the track for a Centered challenge. I figured these boxcars would have doors. A big plus was that the sun was setting and the sky was giving off some great color.
I didn't have much of my camera gear with me (no grad ND) and had to improvise. With the setting sun, I could only expose for the sky or the train. Well, of course I needed both somewhat so I exposed for the sky and locked it in, pulled out my flash, set my 12 sec timer, walked over to a 90 degree angle to the train outside of the frame, waited for the shutter to trip, fired the flash during the 1/2 second shutter opening, and walked back to check and make sure the overall exposure would work. This took a few tries to get it right, but I didn't have to take very many shots - maybe 3 or 4.
Made some broad exposure/color/lighting changes. I tweaked the curves quite a bit - mainly for the sky. Adjusted the levels individually, and bumped the saturation a bit. A little contrast change for the shadows and highlights. Resize and usm to finish it off.
I even got a little word bonus on this shot. Just to the left of the doors, the wording ends with, "all [d]oors are open." It's kinda faded, but it is visible and readable. Hopefully the voters will see it too and vote accordingly. ;-) And no, I didn't open the boxcar doors. They were already like that when I walked up.
I think the shot is pretty solid. The only thing I can think of where a person would vote it down is due to the overgrowth in the lower left(something I could have knocked down but didn't really have time for). I'm sure someone will leave the obligatory "distracting" comment, but I honestly do not feel that it distracts from the overall shot.
6.7 would be my dream score. 6.3 is probably a little more realistic.
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