I found this little interesting section of Colorado while on a photo expedition drive down some country roads, between Delta and Carbondale. There were some amazing vistas there, and in one of the valleys, I saw… this. Maybe as many as a hundred of them. There was a sign (see my earlier post “Coke Ovens of the Shire” for a view of many of them) that explained that they were coke ovens, somehow used in the processing of coal. All I knew was they were INTERESTING. I used HDR and 3 combined images to get this one, so that the shadows inside the oven would be visible. This is also posted to my flickr page (www.flickr.com/photos/kelleybardphotography). After the main HDR processing, I was left with several choices on how to finish it. I decided to remove much of the green and yellow in the image, lighten up the bricks to white, and explore the darkened sky and rust colored dirt a bit… I hope you enjoy the image. I know it goes against one of my favorite teachers ideas that photos should stick to one major color group at a time… but sometimes breaking the rules has a good enough result to justify it! BTW, that teacher, who has taught me much about HDR, composition and processing, is Trey Ratcliff, and you can see his work at http://www.stuckincustoms.com. Stop by there, it’s worth it!