- Aperture: f/5
- Focal Length: 82mm
- ISO: 800
- Shutter: 1/100 sec
- Camera: NIKON D700
Opposite my mother-in-law’s house in Alabama is a fire department training ground with a tall wooden tower that they use as a target for hose practice – I saw them out there last year having a go and went out to chat with them. This year we climbed there quite a few times to have a little alone time out in the peace and quiet and watch the stars at night away from the fire ants on the ground below. I’d put some Johnny Cash on my phone and we’d sit and drink a beer and chat or just chill.
If I’d shot this with my 50mm which I had taken with me to the States, it would have been a lot sharper and had better ‘bokeh’ but the 18-200mm is pretty sloppy in those areas as you can see – it’s taken a bit of beating over the years and I’m sure it could do with a very expensive recalibration but hey. I’m not so precious about the quality of my ‘snaps’ these days 🙂
Processed really simply – it was already black and white so I duplicated the background and set it to Soft Light for extra contrast (turned the opacity down a bit though). Then I added a Curves layer and tweaked the red up and the green and blue down to get a brownish tint, and set that to Soft Light too. The combined effect of these two layers was far too contrasty so I brought the opacity down on both, then added a Levels layer to lift the overall midtones and darken the shadows a tiny bit more, and of course a vignette.