Did you attend the Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk last weekend? A friend, Chris Watts and I joined a group in Birmingham, Alabama. This year we met on Morris Avenue in front of the Peanut Depot. Morris Avenue is paved with old cobblestones from the late nineteen century, and Peanut Depot has been located and roasting peanuts there well over an hundred years. They still use antique roasters, and a time honored method of not adding any oils or preservatives just the way they did when they began back in 1907.
I felt that some of the color in the first two were distracting, especially the view outside of the window in the second image. I felt that since the scene was so dark to begin with the colors competed with the subject. So I used Silver Efex 2 to selectively add the yellowish color of the letters, and the reds of the brick while toning down the rest. This combination also brought out a little of the blue of the customer’s shirt.
I believe that I could have been happy spending the whole day inside of the Depot shooting pictures. The available light created a very dramatic lighting with these dark shadows. While shooting inside I raised the ISO of my camera to 800 to help accommodate the lighting. I would have liked to have played around with some low powered fill lighting just to see the difference.
Over the next couple of weeks I plan to share some other images that I took during the walk. This was the fifth year that Scott has hosted this event. Each year not only have I had an enjoyable learning experience, I have also met several wonderful friends. If you have never been before, you may want to consider it next year.