Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The ties that bind

The last few days we've seen lots of details. Scott's tiny marble with all of it's nicks and chips. A photo full of circles and light flair. Amanda's glass ball with all the bubbles, spots of color and blurs of background. All beautiful, remarkable details.
I've got details of a different type. The details that make something possible.

I spent some time playing on the tracks yesterday (Monday). I started off taking some photos of the abandoned train cars on the tracks but got bored. I need more, I needed to see what kept everything together. I needed details.
Anyone can see the cars but nobody can see the bolts and ties that keep everything together. Without these nifty little plates and bolts the entire system would fall apart and the train would derail. How can you not obsess over that?

I took the picture using the more vivid setting in my camera. I did this knowing that particular setting really brings out the rust spotting on metal. I knew I wanted to make this photo my "almost black and white". In Photoshop Elements 8 I upped the contrast, brightened a smidge, converted it to black and white and then added a warm filter with an adjusted opacity of almost 50%.
In the end I spent a quick 5 minutes on the computer because I knew the finished look I was going for when I shot the photo. Not bad, not bad at all.

Sere has another Wordless Wednesday tomorrow. I'm thinking we need to move things around a bit next week. Poor Scott and Sere have gotten all the Wordless Wednesdays of late.

Be Well!


  1. Love the crispness of this particular picture and your details of the metal. Almost black and white was a good way to go with this picture. Great job!

  2. I really like this B. Great use of depth of field and texture. And the composition is outstanding. I love the tint as well. Well done!