Rusted and abandoned

An old oil drum stands on the quay at Ballycotton rusting away as the exposed metal is beaten down by the elements.

Technique: I increased the saturation of the reds to bring out the rust of the drum. I desaturated other colours so the drum would stand out.
I then duplicated the layer and darkened the top one to bring out the clouds and sky before using a layer mask to expose the ground on the bottom layer. After that a simple gradient at the top of the image provided a nice dark effect and finally, I dodge and burned the rust until I was happy. Was that useful?

I used CocoViewX to view my work directory from my Linux box on my Macbook. I was surprised that Finder didn’t display thumbnails and I didn’t want the iPhoto heavyweight when all I wanted was to know which image was which.


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    Flickr: Made You Look October 25, 2006

    Made You Look has posted a comment:

    Great shot.

    i love the angle.

    and the forbodeing sky is a great backdrop.

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    Flickr: myriapod October 25, 2006

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    Mary October 25, 2006

    Hi Donncha, its a brilliant photo. Amazing colours. Where was it taken??

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    Donncha October 25, 2006

    Mary – it’s taken in Ballycotton. For the life of me I could not remember the name of the place. I had to ask Jess later and she figured it out as soon as I said “it’s the place with the lighthouse on the island” 🙂

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    ABM October 25, 2006

    I think the post process steps are good but then I usually do the same thing when I post photos, at least ones where I did something neat in Photoshop.

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    Flickr: carrigman October 25, 2006

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    Flickr: ONE/MILLION October 25, 2006

    ONE/MILLION has posted a comment:

    Keen eye and great perspective!

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    Hans van Reenen alias Heimatiater has posted a comment:

    Excellent shot. Great angle and depth.


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    Flickr: franzliv October 25, 2006

    franzliv has posted a comment:

    Score 7/10 (from the Score Me! group)

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    Flickr: atranswe October 25, 2006

    atranswe has posted a comment:

    Great shot!

    Score _7,5_/10 (from the Score Me! group)

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    Flickr: DesignShots October 26, 2006

    DesignShots has posted a comment:

    I like the wide angle, I think that it gives great perspective. Not to mention you really capture the texture of the rust very well. Score 9/10 (from the Score Me! group)

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    Flickr: Sirber October 26, 2006

    Sirber has posted a comment:

    nice rust!


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    Flickr: gainesp2003 October 26, 2006

    gainesp2003 has posted a comment:

    I like the difference in saturation between the foreground and background. Also very nice composition, not only artistically but every element supports the others – the drum and netting in the foreground go with the fishing boats, bay, and coastal town in the background. Nice!

    Score 10/10 (from the Score Me! group)

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    Flickr: danielgreene October 31, 2006

    danielgreene has posted a comment:

    This would be good for the RUSTY & CRUSTY pool!

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    Flickr: xeer October 31, 2006

    xeer has posted a comment:

    Thanks Daniel for the suggestion, added it!

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    Flickr: David Reis June 18, 2009

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Oil Drums, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

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