Jim Hagan  

Baritone Player by Jim Hagan

August 2019 - Baritone Player

August 2019 - Jim Hagan


About the Image(s)

I was at a local parade and photographed the image reflected from the bell
of one of the baritone players. The image was photographed using a 200MM
lens shot at 1/1000, f/13 with ISO at 400. I thought the image was okay but
felt it did not capture the reflections that I wanted. So I converted the
image to mono and like the mono version must better as I feel it shows the
reflections that I wanted to capture.

3 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
(Groups 34 & 77 & 83)
This image has a very nice perspective, in my opinion. The monochrome treatment does seem to enhance the story. There is an excellent range of tones from black to white, which is often a much sought after quality in monochrome.

There are two things that caught my attention, that you might want to consider. The translation to monochrome somehow made the indentation at the back of his ear look like a shadow below a truncated ear. One way to play with that would be to add more contrast, just to that spot. If you use PS, a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer would be something to try, along with a layer mask to just adjust that spot.

The second thing is the head of the person in front of the baritone player. In the monochrome, his head appears to be coming out of the front of the instrument. Color served to delineate it before. That's sort of tricky, in my experience. Perhaps darkening his skin, as well as his hat, might help to separate him a bit more from the foreground. One could remove him entirely by just darkening that left side, but then you might weaken the story of the marching band. What do you think?   Posted: 08/03/2019 21:19:35
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Many thanks for your very helpful comments. I did as you suggested and lightened the back of the ear. And I changed the shades of gray/black between the two players so that there is more of a separation between them.   Posted: 08/09/2019 15:42:27

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
The smooth lacquer layer on a polished brass instrument spreads the unreflected light over the surface, causing even the shaded portions of the subject to glow. The black hats and cuffs anchor the full tonal range. Your perspective and camera settings include the parade scene in this close up of a single member. Great Photo!   Posted: 08/16/2019 13:57:29


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