Sacramento Valley Rice Series - Silos With Rail Cars

Sacramento Valley Rice Series – Silos With Rail Cars

Sacramento Valley Rice Series - Blue Base Silos

Sacramento Valley Rice Series – Blue Base Silos

Oftentimes, I need input from others about my images. I cannot decide between the above images which one best portrays the overall feeling of the structure. I did rate the image without the railcars as the higher ranking, but I have my doubts.


About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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  1. The one with the rail cars gives a sense of place. The other is more about shadows and shapes.

  2. Maya says:

    I prefer the one without rail cars. My focus is not divided.

  3. janets123 says:

    I was thinking about how the 2nd, closer image made me immediately notice the shadow of the highline pole. I hardly noticed it in the first picture. Then I read Foggy’s comment. Agree. And agree with Maya that the cropped picture is my fav.

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