365-173 Bad workmanship = good photos

There is this huge retaining wall on the back-end of the parking lot of the closed shopping center I mentioned previously (365-164). It’s always leaking and seemed to be cracked from day one. Another thing done horribly wrong at the site. I always meant to get a photo of the cool patterns from the leaks but never ventured near the wall until today. The wall was in shade which gave the concrete a cool color cast which contrasted nicely with the rusty stains. I enhanced the contrast in processing which emphasized the colors even more. I also blended in a Topaz Adjust layer to bring out the texture a little more. I shot this with my Pentax K20D and DA 55-300 lens. That lens, considering its “budget” status, never ceases to amaze me and I like to use it for such shots.

I noticed not too many people click on the photos for the best view. You’ll get a much larger image to view. The small ones in the posts don’t do the photos justice.

Weeping Wall

© David Guidas

  One thought on “365-173 Bad workmanship = good photos

  1. Nathan Stitt
    June 23, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I’ve resigned myself to the fact that 9 out of 10 of my readers will never click on my images to see them larger. I’ve talked with them and they just don’t see the need to. I’ve considered using a wider blog format so I can display them in widths greater than 600, maybe something like 800… I just don’t think I could bear to change my theme again right now. Once you have a good thing it’s hard to quit it.

  2. June 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I have thought about going full-frame (on the blog that is) but, like you, I don’t feel like changing things around right now. I understand why people don’t click on pics. There is a local blog that I view on occasion only for the fact of how awful the photography is. The lady claims to be a photographer and uses a Canon 5D with L lenses but the photos, which are basically travelogue shots, could be done better with a P&S (aside from composition, subject, focal point, lighting, etc.). When you click on the photos you get full size 5D jpegs! The photos are basically untouched – no processing whatsoever, no contrast, no sharpening, nothing. When I feel bad about my work, I visit there. On the other hand, some sites, when you click on a pic, take you to another gallery thingy that takes forever to open and browse through and gets irritating real quick. I guess I can make a disclaimer at each posts to go ahead and click, it’s easy and gives a much nicer view of the photo.

  3. Nathan Stitt
    June 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

    can you email me the link to your inspirational local blogger please?

    • June 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      I’ll keep her a secret for now, sorry. I don’t like to spread bad things, only good!

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