Sharron Leppien, QPSA  

Permission to Mingle by Sharron Leppien, QPSA

June 2020 - Permission to Mingle

June 2020 - Sharron Leppien, QPSA


About the Image(s)

Waiting for permission to mingle when isolation is the new normal and someone is always watching.

I took this photo amongst a series 3 weeks ago. The model is my husband.

Nikon D850, Nikon 16-35mm @ 25mm, f4.5, 1/200 sec, iso 64, handheld.

Initially edited in LR with cropping, distortion correction then in and out of PS for a myriad of corrections. I completed the final tonal edits in NIK. This is my submission for the 2020 Australian Photography Monochrome Awards. I won this award last year so am hoping to back it up with an image that I feel will should provoke emotion to the judges.
I kept the water pipe and meter in the image for two reasons. The first being to keep it as a candid street photograph and the other is that I spent a lot of time straightening out brick lines that I wasn’t prepared to go down the rabbit hole of content aware, patch and closing tools to achieve a perfect result. Do you think I have produced a decent image?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Good technique to avoid the need for a model release.   Posted: 06/02/2020 00:27:28
Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
There have probably been numerous occasions over the last 35 years that Joel actually hoped I would release him. :)   Posted: 06/04/2020 19:33:48
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Good put-away volley of my attempt at a trick service return.   Posted: 06/07/2020 22:57:28
Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
Kicking up the chalk dust on the base line :)   Posted: 06/08/2020 01:00:47

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
A timely and thought provoking image, Sharron. Excellent job correcting all of the distortion.
I understand you not wanting to tackle the pipe. I was curious why you decided not to remove the three vents at the top, after you removed the two lower ones? I agree the two lower ones are more distracting, but I find myself keep going to the four upper objects. Do they provide balance and it would be too empty without them? Just trying to learn.

  Posted: 06/04/2020 21:37:27
Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
The inclusion/exclusion of the three vents had my thoughts divided for quite some time. Without them the top of the image was a large white expanse of nothingness. I was then questioning why I didn't crop the image down. But, that would have made the image square and I wasn't keen on that. So, I moved the vents down into this image to give a little balance to the security camera. I needed to keep the security camera for the sense of surveillance so it was either all or nothing really. I actually enjoyed the process. Normally I would be preparing for an exciting trip overseas but instead I am working on my subpar photoshop skills. So I guess it is still a win:)   Posted: 06/04/2020 21:54:47

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Sharron - great concept and resulting image. I made a couple of modifications: I cropped down from the top as all that white space tended to draw my eye from the main subject. I also selected the newspaper front page and increased contrast to make the headline pop out a bit more. I agree with leaving in the vents, camera, and other "bits".   Posted: 06/07/2020 12:29:25
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Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
Thanks Henry. Just when I thought I had highlighted the headline on the newspaper I obviously didn't go far enough. I think in the high res file it looks a bit more defined but I will certainly make the adjustments if I use this image in a PSA comp.   Posted: 06/08/2020 01:02:40

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Henry's crop feel right to me.   Posted: 06/07/2020 22:58:59

Victor Wasilov   Victor Wasilov
I love this. It brought a smile to my face. I like the crop. Is it "I Spy" or "Candid Camera". To me the image is balanced and has a theme. The camera is spying on the reader and the vents looking down on the reader also spying to some degree. Thanks for giving me a smile.   Posted: 06/20/2020 10:53:33