PESO - Great Grandpa's Store

Ken Waller kwaller at
Mon Oct 12 12:20:51 EDT 2009

I agree, and I would tighten it up a bit to lessen/remove the blank space, 
expecially along the top, bottom & RH side.

Kenneth Waller

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Miserere" <miserere at>
Subject: Re: PESO - Great Grandpa's Store


I love this shot! It has a fantastic old feel to it with that
overblown sky. I suspect that if you'd taken the shot "properly", it
wouldn't have looked unique such as it does now.

I wouldn't mess with the tree, but maybe a bit of vignetting would add
a nice touch, but vignetting is up to taste (I happen to like it).




2009/10/11  <Eactivist at>:
> Hmmm, long story, I'll try to shorten it.
> The two buildings on the end right are closed and abandoned and have been
> for some time. The store on the left end (with a bar) is still open. It is
> a lot newer that than the others (relatively speaking).
> This is a very, very small town (basically five buildings) that is verging
> on being a ghost town. The Emporium & Bar and the Post Office (not shown)
> struggle to keep going. It is in Northern Northern California.
> I stopped by at the end of my Oregon/Washington trip, in the valley where
> my father grew up, and again took some photos. I have shown a few before 
> on
> list.
> The middle building is my great grandfather's store. He and my other great
> grandfather both came to CA for the Gold Rush. Neither made any money from
> finding gold, but one ended up having a very successful cattle ranch, and
> this one ended up opening the first chain stores in Northern California
> (general stores).
> I, oops, accidentally, took a whole digital "roll" overexposed. I thought
> I had it set on AV and the dial had been pushed to manual. (That won't
> happen again, now I will check every time.)
> Using Lightroom and suggestions from a new Lightroom book I got, I was
> actually able to recover a couple.
> The rest had interesting effects. I sort of like this one.
> Certainly good enough for the "cover" of a PDF I am doing on my family
> history (for family members).
> Tell me if you agree.
> (I've thought about taking the foliage out from under the tree, but think
> that might not be an improvement. I've also thought about adding
> vignetting, ditto, might not improve it.)
> Marnie aka Doe :-)

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