Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

by Rick Diffley on June 23, 2014

Between…

This week’s photo challenge is to capture an image that is: “in the middle of two things.”

Hands weaving cotton_BW700pix

The Set Up…

Today, I’ve present you with two different post processing styles of the same subject. The first image, black and white, and the next, the original color shot.

Please give me your feedback about which post processing style you prefer and why. At the end of this post I will share my preference.

Hands weaving cotton_Color Verson_700pix

Shooting Location…

Conner Prairie is a outdoor museum setting in a historically-accurate community struggling to survive in the year 1836. The grounds, buildings, people, are exactly created for this time period. It is located in Fishers, IN. My wife and I were there last week for business, sightseeing, and some great photography.

The museum grounds are divided into several sections where different eras in history are recreated to create a kind of living timeline. Volunteers are in period costumes to demonstrate the way early inhabitants in the area lived. They explain their lifestyles in real live character while performing chores such as cooking, making pottery, and sewing as seen in my shot. Questions and comments outside the time period make no sense to the “in character” volunteers.

Note: Clothes were usually made by the women in the family. This took a lot of time because sewing had to be done by hand as seen here. The sewing machine was not patented until 1846.

The Image…

The photo is of an elderly woman’s hands showing her between talking with us about the time period, her volunteer role, and the type of sewing for the time period. She has been participating at the Conner Prairie farm museum for almost 30 years.

My Image Preference…

The black and white post processing image is my preference. Why? Hands, especially those of the elderly, provide terrific detail, and contrast. Also, the wool fabric provides nice structure. Oh yes, I also love the color image as well. What is your preference and why?

More Information…

For specific details check out “Trip Advisor” on your mobile devise and go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conner_Prairie

 

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Tina Schell June 23, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I love the B&W image Rick, but perhaps that’s because it was offered first! i agree that hands of older subjects look wonderful done in B&W as it shows so much more gradation. Oh, and I love the shot ! Good choice for the challenge.

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Ken June 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Each has its merit, but I agree the B&W works because of the texture – in lay terms it really does seem to enhance the detail. I suspect you used ‘sharpening’ in the B&W post processing? From the B&W, I don’t think I would have guessed the actual colours.

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