Kieu-Hanh Vu  

The Lone Visitor at the Wall by Kieu-Hanh Vu

October 2020 - The Lone Visitor at the Wall

About the Image(s)

I visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (the Wall) during the Covid pandemic in May. I did plan to use my images to document the dramatic changes in our life during this time. Normally, there are a lot of visitors at this place, but I saw this lone visitor at the Wall on that day, The sign for social distancing can be seen at further distance.

Exif data: Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron lenses 18-400mm, ISO 250, F/16.0, Speed 1/100, handheld.

4 comments posted

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
This is a very emotional photograph. The lonesome visitor and the reflection of him in the wall is very dramatic. My only suggestion would to see what it would look like to take down some of the highlights in the grass and the walkway. I am thinking it would really make him stand out even more.   Posted: 10/06/2020 16:42:25

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Great image, Kieu-Hanh, and a compassionate story. I like how you captured the simplicity of the moment with just the one visitor.

When I look at the image in Lightroom, the white balance is off; you can see a teal color in the sky. The highlights are hot by about a stop. I tried to adjust the white balance but because the image is a JPEG I was not able to make the adjustment. I recropped the image to eliminate the sky, but with the loss of pixels the image didn't have any sharpness.

I don't know what your focal length was but if you could have been closer it could have been a great shot. The photo looks great as a horizontal without the sky. Hopefully you have a RAW file you can work with.

I wish I could have found a solution for you.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 10/07/2020 14:45:14

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Kieu-Hanh, I appreciate the simplicity of the scene and the emotional setting of your image. The lines of the pavement and reflection of the solitary visitor work well. For me the yellowish-green of the grass and turquoise-blue of the sky are too upbeat for the somber scene. The color change that LuAnn suggests would work. Have you considered using a black and white conversion for your image? It could make it more dramatic.   Posted: 10/16/2020 10:19:55
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Thanks for your suggestion to convert to B&W. I will try.   Posted: 10/19/2020 19:22:51


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