Greater Concord Photo Club
A Friendly Group of Photographers in Concord, NH
Wow, a really spooky image. The processing nicely adds to the spookiness with muted colors. The bird flying over the chimney is a nice capture, but I feel ambivalent about it adding anything to the image.
Love the moment of the bird and the sun framed by the bare trees and the chimney. With the sun positioned as it is, it makes me question how you managed that beautiful light on the front of the house. Is it a composite? I like the color, but find myself wondering if it wouldn’t be moodier in black and white.
Great lighting, color, and mood.
I, too, am ambivalent about the bird.
It would be interesting to see it in black and white, but the colors are really special here.
I appreciate and thank you for your interest and feedback. This is a composite of three images.
A bit of background: Layering images is a bit of an outlier for me. However, once I saw the foreground (building) and the feeling it projected, I just felt like I had to do something about the washed out sky. The three photos that make up this composite were all taken within an hour of each other, in different locations on the grounds of the old State Hospital in Concord. The overcast, hazy late winter sky, with its soft light, greatly assisted in blending these (mostly) shadowless images. All colors and textures that you see are not processed. Sometimes you just get lucky! Photoshop Elements 10 is the software. Pentax K5 with a 100mm lens.
For years I have been drawn to the Bancroft building (foreground), because it feels like it always has a story to tell from its inception in 1892, to about the mid twentieth century. The windows, with their beat up and worn down curtains and shades, seem to lean into that story.
Regarding the assignment of ‘portals’: I felt that the fourth floor windows and roof lines in this dilapidated building, may well transport you into that story, one that will likely never be told, only imagined. If you’re interested in seeing the individual images that are in this composite, go to http://jalbum.net/a/1972424
I did view the original images. I agree that each of the single images need something more, so together they make an excellent piece. Nice job compositing. I also would consider a darker version and would be curious to see it in b&w. I checked out your galleries and you have some really great images there. Thanks for sharing.
Eerie… evocative of Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.
The muted palette is effective, but I agree it would probably work well in black and white.
Personally, I think the image would not be as strong sans bird.
For me, the bird (goose?) adds a lot of strength to the image. I think of it as the story that enhances the ambiance of the building.
The bird really adds to an already interesting photo–I agree with the others.
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