Great detail shot here. For me, compositions like this tell as good of a story as if I had seen the subject surrounded by the environment.
Thanks, Kevin. This was a quick shot just before we left. I wasn't satisfied with any of the overall shots of this cannon. (Partly because of the background, partly because the ground had been trampled, and partly because I couldn't get a good angle without the steel brackets on the wheels to prevent theft.) I got down low and fired three quick bracketed photos. This is the un-bracketed shot.
In Photoshop, I decided to increase the contrast in the mid-tones in order to bring out the texture in the wood, and to turn down the saturation in the grass because it distracted from the grey. Then I turned up the saturation in the barrel itself to bring out some of the very subtle colors there. Finally, I cropped off the top because there was the bottom edge of an out-of-focus building in the background. I would have liked to keep more of the barrel, but there was no fixing it, the building had to go.
All good choices, especially dialing back the green saturation. Thinking about that reminds me of a similar edit I made to this one (you'll recognize this place). Obviously I dialed back the green saturation quite a bit here ... trying to push into something 'old' looking, or something like that.
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Photo taken in Copper Harbor, MI, USA
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park
Misplaced? Suggest new location