I’m really thrilled to be part of a friendly HDR Collaboration with a group of talented photographers. Each week or so, one of us offers a set if his own set of bracketed images for us all to put his own spin on. This week was my turn. I chose an image I shot about a year ago and a good old-fashioned corner store in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Cote’s Market has been in operation, by the same family for 98 years. They sell a good variety of basic groceries, but specialize in home-made meals and soups including beef chili, pork pies, spinach pie, american chop suey, and especially their fresh baked beans, which are sold fresh at Cote’s and several other stores in the area.
What, never heard of american chop suey? Its a New England thing. Its a thing of beauty. A staple at school cafeterias throughout the boston area (at least when I was a kid). Elbow macaroni, tomato sauce and fresh ground beef.
I chose this image for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I love HDR, not only for the richness in tonal value you can extract from a scene, but for its ability to enhance texture. This image is a perfect example. Secondly, I’m attracted to images that let you get lost in the details. Maybe its the “Where’s Waldo” in me. I don’t know.
Anyway, without further ado, here is collaboration: Pork Scrap:
Rather than trying to get cutesy about leading the eye, I decided to try to bring out the best in each stamp, making them as organic and three-dimensional as possible. Each stamp has a history that should be seen and celebrated.
In order to do this, it was necessary to distinguish the stamps from the background as much as possible without making the scene look overly contrived, and to tone down certain distractions such as the bright red and DOT-orange $2.25 labels.
The image was constructed of twelve layers and associated +/- masks, probably one operation per stamp if I were to count them all up.
I had big fun with this bracket set, and will fondly remember this as the day I went Vegan.