Stepping Stool to a Sunset

On my way home from taking pictures with my 10-stop ND filter, I saw this old barn on the side of the highway and decided that I MIGHT be able to get one more shot. And, as luck would have it, I was right. Barely. This stepping stool was hiding away in what was probably the tool shelter. That or a pig-pen. 😛 It worked out nice because the sunset was right outside the window. It was pretty cool, as you can see from the picture.

In this shot, I ran it through Photomatix. Then, I brushed in some curves adjustments, Nik’s Pro Contrast and Tonal Contrast, and finally, Midnight. It was just too bright that it didn’t really represent what I saw when I took the pictures. That, and I like to use the Midnight plugin as sort of a way to control focus on the subject of the image. I know it’s dark, but that’s they way I wanted it. As always, I would appreciate any feedback you might have: Good or bad.

Note: As is going to be the case in all future posts, I’ve included the before image as well. Please use the slider to change from before to after and let me know if you run into any problems.

Christopher Kenison - Stepping Stool to a SunsetChris Kenison Photography - Stepping Stool to a Sunset

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February 10, 2011 - 6:45 am

John Sotiriou Lot’s of interesting elements in this scene. I would have liked it a bit lighter to be able to see those elements.
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February 10, 2011 - 8:23 am

Jesse Pafundi Very cool image. Nice idea with the very dark interior to accentuate the sunset!
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February 10, 2011 - 9:36 am

Toad Hollow Photography I love it, the chair there really makes it come alive!
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February 10, 2011 - 12:22 pm

Heather I love them both! What a cool location!
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February 10, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Jim Nix There are some awesome details in the scene so I would prefer a slightly lighter version so I could see more of them, but it is nicely done. Jim

February 10, 2011 - 8:59 pm

Mike Olbinski Guess I agree with people about the lighter version…but I still love it.

Now I also love the original…that light isn’t anything to sneeze at…light is awesome and sometimes it can make an image that much greater.
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February 11, 2011 - 12:41 am

Chris @Heather – Thanks, Heather! I appreciate you coming to my 2¢! Please feel free to comment on any of my photos! 😀
@Jim Nix & @Mik Olbinski – Hey guys, thanks for comments. I think I will revisit the photo and lighten it a bit… not all they way. I really like that sunset, but I was on the fence for how dark I made it. Again, I really appreciate your honest comments

March 4, 2011 - 9:11 am

pat I really like the slider.

March 4, 2011 - 9:12 am

Chris @Pat – Thanks, Pat. It really is a great plugin.

February 10, 2011 - 2:17 am

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