On our way home from the Palouse region of Washington, we stopped in at Molson. Molson is located 15
miles outside of Oroville WA which is just south of the US/Canada border in central Washington.
Thirty seven people still call this little ghost town home and while it's no Bodie, it still has
quite a few buildings and a plethora of equipment/artifacts to see and photograph. This old tractor
is located amongst a collection of old buildings and equipment in the part of town called "Old
Molson"--what I really appreciated was that we were allowed and encouraged to explore inside the
buildings. There is lots of old artifacts--equipment, furniture, utensils left inside as if simplly
abandoned there decades ago. For more information on this ghost town and it's colorful history see
this link: http://www.ghosttownsusa.com/molson.htm
For this shot of an old tractor in "Old Molson", I wanted to frame it against the hills in the
distance. There was a lot of other equipment in front and behind it, so my compositional options were
limited. As a result, I ended up with a very centered composition I was less than happy with. On
reviewing this image on my computer, though, I liked how the symmetry of the shot, when converted to
B&W, reminded me of many of the old photos I've seen. I added a gothic glow to further enhance the
old feel of this image.
Image was converted to B&W in Fred Miranda's B&W Workflow Pro, it was then resized, sharpened, and
Feivel's gothic glow action applied. A shadow adjustment was then made to bring back some of the
details lost when the gg was applied.