Continuing my series of images from our recent visit to Jerome, Arizona:
Many, if not most, of the structures in Jerome have been abandoned at one time or another, but they have been reoccupied by artists and gallery owners, as well as restaurant owners, bed-and-breakfast operators and souvenir hawkers.
While strolling around Jerome we came across the studio of a glass-blower which occupies a once-abandoned building. I used a set of three brackets to produce this black-and-white HDR image. At the upper left you can see the windows of the glass-blower’s studio–he has a beautiful view of the Verde Valley below that must be such an inspiration for his work. Just outside his windows you can see the crumbled, abandoned part of the building which gives it such character.
While I like the colors in the original, I wanted to go with black-and-white to emphasize the textures of the brick, plaster, concrete, tin, sheet metal, and the mountainside in the background. I also think that the black-and-white just fits the time period of the original building:
And just for grins, here’s what the original photo looked like. This JPG was converted from the original raw file with no processing applied. This is the normal exposure bracket:
What do you think? Would the color version be more effective? Should I re-do the HDR as a color version?
If you like my work, please subscribe to this blog and feel free to offer comments. You can also find me on:
Facebook at ZannWalker Photography
My Official Website at http://zannwalker.com