Mark Laussade  

While my guitar gently weeps by Mark Laussade

April 2021 - While my guitar gently weeps

April 2021 - Mark Laussade


About the Image(s)

From a Dia des los Muertos parade. B&W conversion. Cropped. Walking around the staging area for a parade yields a multitude of opportunities.Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 70-200
1/100 @ f/6.3
ISO 400

6 comments posted

David Price   David Price
I love the children's expressions particularly the girl on the left. We are usually told to shoot an odd number of people but in this case I think you have two different pictures, the girl on the left and the two on the right. I like mono but in this case I don't think it works. My eyes are drawn away from the girls and onto the white patches behind. Also you lose a lot in the girls painted faces. Below is my interpretation with two girls only, burring the background, sharpening and lightening the girls. As I said I also think you have another picture with the girl on the left.   Posted: 04/11/2021 07:19:22
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Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
El Dia de Los Muertos is certainly an interesting celebration and you have captured one of its aspects with this image. Turning it into a B/W image makes it more of a somber occasion. I darkened the BG and added a little gaussian blur.   Posted: 04/11/2021 15:47:01
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Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Like Richard, I wanted to try to emphasize the wonderful faces of the three girls. I also darkened the background but additionally played with the other lighting.

It is a fantastic image that holds a delightful story... all told by the girls' expressions. Well done!

  Posted: 04/12/2021 10:19:47
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Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Mark, I always find it difficult to convert from color to monochrome. You have done a fairly good job. As others have said, one of the main problems is the unwanted highlights. I think Oliver did a very good job with the background highlights. I could not improve on it.   Posted: 04/14/2021 12:01:02

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
Thanks all. I completely spaced on the background highlights. That definitely needs work. Might be a good job for luminosity masking.   Posted: 04/14/2021 13:59:44

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
The facial expressions are what makes this image, but I favour the colour rather than the mono one; the hat and the face colouring doesn't take away from the expressions. Too bad there is so much BG. This image was one that could have been short a least a dozen times to get it right. Great picture Mark.   Posted: 04/15/2021 19:19:50


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