Stephen Mayeux  

To Market by Stephen Mayeux

August 2020 - To Market

August 2020 - Stephen Mayeux


About the Image(s)

I took this image back in 2011 and have tried numerous times in Post Processing to create an image of the scene I remember. We walked up a muddy rocky road that can only be accessed by foot from the town of Soddo in Ethiopia. It took our group a lilttle less than 3 hours to make the 3,000 foot climb. We walked from the town of Soddo to a Church at the top of the Mountain. We started at an elevation 6,800 feet and finished the climb close to 10,000 feet. This image was in the afternoon on the return trip. During the day we went from clouds with a light rain to partly cloudy. This road had small family farms on both sides for miles. The men work the fields harvesting the vegetables and the women carried the produce to the town market in Soddo. Sometimes the women have to make two trips in one day. The farms have no machinery and the fields are worked by hand and with oxen and a metal tipped wooden plow. This image was taken with a 24-120mm lens @ 90mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec and ISO 800. Any suggestions or ideas on how to improve the image would be appreciated.

5 comments posted

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
A very nice image, it tells a story about the area and how they live. I took your image and cropped some off the right side, I felt that you had to much dead space. I then put the image through Topaz Studio 2, then into Luminar for there Sky images. I picked (Dramatic Sky 3), then back to Topaz and put it through Adjust Ai. and this is what I came up with.   Posted: 08/01/2020 11:14:53
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Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
Stuart, Thanks for taking the time to give some ideas on how to improve the image. I agree with the crop on the right side. It helps deemphasize the girl on the right and focuses more on the two main ladies in the foreground of the image. I left the additional area on the right to emphasize the distance to town and put the girl 1/3 in the frame. I wish part of the town was visible in the distance. It was a day to remember and it took me three days to recover from the climb. I had to carry my camera gear, food and water for the day. I wore hiking boots. I don't know how they survive with bare feet.   Posted: 08/01/2020 11:36:31
Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Could you do it today?   Posted: 08/01/2020 12:22:13
Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
Not a chance that I could do it again today. I had an opportunity to do it again in 2013 but opted for a walk to photograph two water falls.   Posted: 08/01/2020 13:32:15

Bob Laster   Bob Laster
I am impressed with both your photographic and physical abilities   Posted: 08/02/2020 10:09:03


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