#6 of my top 7 images that I've created in the last 10 years.

November 10, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

.:Photograph Title: “Abandoned Dreams”  

Camera Info:  F/11  at 1/80 second ISO 100

.:Date: April of 2008

.:Location: Edgeley, ND (just off of  N Dakota 281)

*Honors: Kodak Gallery Award: Illustrative in 2010,  PPND Presidents Award,
               ND/MN/SD Illustrative award,

*Score: 95 PPA National Judging committee

*4 foot Permanent framed print on displayed at M State College

Of all seven images, this is my oldest creation. Most likely taken on my Canon 40D with my 14-24mm lens. Approaching this building was no easy task. The road was almost lost, with holes and fallen down tree limbs. The car was parked a little off of ND281 and I walked upon the barely standing, very creepy hollow house in the middle of nowhere. This is how horror movies start.  I walked the driveway path after passing the main fence and broken mailbox. In the image, you can’t see the other side of the house; it was rubble, all collapsed to the ground. I noticed a car (later to be revealed as an old Nash) flat on the ground; the tires were off and the car was surrounded by little patches of snow that Spring hadn’t melted away yet. I knew this would be the shot; so, I had my wide-angle lens (14-24mm) and positioned the car so it would be in the lower thirds and leading you to the house for balance. I don’t know how else I would have photographed this scene as it brings your eye into the image and doesn’t let go: Car to the clouds to the house back to the car, or perhaps car, snow leading to house then up to the clouds and back to car.

The title: “Abandoned Dreams” was just a perfect title showing that somebody’s dream of owning a house and a car have now been abandoned and shattered. This was my very first image that came up in judging in 2010 and you can never be ready for a critique of 6 certified judges that take a look at your work with a scoring mechanism in hand. I’m pretty sure I held my breath as the score was spoken: 90! I’ll take it! But, wait...Challenge! One of the judges spoke up for it and after a re-judging, it was bumped up to a 95 (Exceptional Category).   Not much post-processing in Photoshop was done. I took out a few unwanted items in the grass that you’ll just have to trust me that needed to be taken out. I darkened the snow by using the burn tool so it wasn’t too much of a distraction and also burned the side of the house and car in parts that were also needed.

Going back to a portrait for #5 next week.


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