I took this photo a while ago and it never made it to the big screen. It is a shame because I actually set this shot up and wanted to use it. Today is another day for retribution for the unused!
There is a strange desire for these old milk jug containers. Pickers and collectors look for these things, and the condition is usually a non factor. I guess it is something about old American nostalgia or something that makes these old buckets worth some value. I remember this particular one because it sat outside our house back in NY for as long as I remember. It is longer with us, sadly, but it was parted way by means of a transaction…so that’s definitely a plus. This was sitting outside house, here in NC, one evening during a sunset. I thought it would be really cool to capture this subject with that nice soft light creeping in from the sides. I positioned the jug close to the door to pick up the shadow (I probably should have set it only on the ground, as the garage door kind of tarnishes the look of the photo) and shot away.
In post I touched up the clarity a little bit and used a graduated filter on the left side to bring in a bit more of that sun. A very slight boost in saturation really made the eagle pop with that golden hue. Unfortunately I can’t retake this image, so for what it was, it made a good image. I’m glad to see that now, looking back at this photo, I can tell what things I would do to improve on the shot.