Rusted and abandoned

An old oil drum stands on the quay in Ballycotton rusting away as the exposed metal is beaten down by the elements.


Technique: I increased the saturation of the reds to bring out the rust of the drum. I desaturated other colours so the drum would stand out.

I then duplicated the layer and darkened the top one to bring out the clouds and sky before using a layer mask to expose the ground on the bottom layer. After that a simple gradient at the top of the image provided a nice dark effect and finally, I dodge and burned the rust until I was happy. Was that useful?


I used CocoViewX to view my work directory from my Linux box on my Macbook. I was surprised that Finder didn't display thumbnails and I didn't want the iPhoto heavyweight when all I wanted was to know which image was which.

  • myriapod 9y

  • John Finn PRO 9y

  • Willie Stark PRO 9y

    Keen eye and great perspective!
  • Hans van Reenen 9y

    Excellent shot. Great angle and depth.

  • Francesco 9y

    Score 7/10 (from the Score Me! group)
  • atranswe PRO 9y

    Great shot!
    Score _7,5_/10 (from the Score Me! group)
  • DesignShots 9y

    I like the wide angle, I think that it gives great perspective. Not to mention you really capture the texture of the rust very well. Score 9/10 (from the Score Me! group)
  • Sirber 9y

    nice rust!

  • Pat Gaines PRO 9y

    I like the difference in saturation between the foreground and background. Also very nice composition, not only artistically but every element supports the others - the drum and netting in the foreground go with the fishing boats, bay, and coastal town in the background. Nice!

    Score 10/10 (from the Score Me! group)
  • Daniel Greene 9y

    This would be good for the RUSTY & CRUSTY pool!
  • Donncha O Caoimh 9y

    Thanks Daniel for the suggestion, added it!
  • David Reis 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Oil Drums, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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Taken on August 12, 2006
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