Peter Hornbostel  

The Talkative Women by Peter Hornbostel

February 2021 - The Talkative Women

February 2021 - Peter Hornbostel


About the Image(s)

I took this picture on 29th of April 2015 in Stralsund, Germany. These statue is called „The Talkative Women“ and it is placed on a well inmidst of the town. The background disturbed me very much, so I decided to change that. While processing this photo, I’ve lost the chance to present it in Photo Travel. Though I know, that this picture would not have any chance in Open Color, I’ve tried it with Open Monochrome. What do you think “ will it have a chance in international challenges? At the moment I’m waiting for my results.

Canon 7D Mark I, Aperture 8, 55mm, 1/100, ISO 100.

7 comments posted

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Hi Peter,
One of the problems with mono in competition is the presence of hot spots. These can be overcome with selective burning and dodging of the image, which can also create a visual flow to the image. With B&D you can direct the attention of viewers where you want them to focus their attention.
With that in mind I would burn the lower left edge, and lightly burn the upper right area. The chest of the figure on the left and the forearm of the figure on the right could also be slightly burned. The hand on the shoulder and the pointing hand could be slightly dodged as that is a major part of the composition. Overall, the exposure appears good, but you may want to experiment with the contrast to get the exact image you want to convey to the judges.

I like that you used the side lighting to bring out the detail in the figures, and that you have the full gray spectrum represented.

I would be interested in seeing your improved version.

  Posted: 02/10/2021 16:03:02
Peter Hornbostel   Peter Hornbostel
Hi Jim,

thank you for your suggestions. I fully understand your comments, but I really do not know how th realize it. I will ask a friend of mine to show me how to proceed.

These tipps are really good for me!

Peter   Posted: 02/10/2021 16:53:31
Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
I took the liberty to do a rough improvement on your image in line with my earlier comments.
I used the Adobe Camera Raw filter in Photoshop, which is the same as the tools in Lightroom. Other photo editing software have similar capabilities.
I mainly used the brush tool with both light and dark settings, but also the radial tool to make a large vignette and the gradient tool to darken the upper right corner.
It is definitely not perfect as I only spent 15 minutes on it, but should illustrate some of my earlier comments.

Enjoy and good luck

  Posted: 02/11/2021 01:00:46
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Peter Hornbostel   Peter Hornbostel
Yes, this is a very good idea. Indeed, the focus is now on the main objects. Thanks for the example. I will try it with the original!   Posted: 02/11/2021 01:34:47
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
We all appreciate this processing lesson, Jim - PSA's Digital Dialogue at its best.   Posted: 02/15/2021 18:09:41
Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Thanks, Allen.   Posted: 02/15/2021 19:12:17

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
I like the angle you shot this at. It's a nice grouping of the three heads and the midday sun works well here. You did a great job of dealing with the hot spots on the figures' foreheads and balancing the light.
Where I think you were less successful was the blurring of the background. The blurring just does look natural to me. If you were to reduce the amount of blur by around a half, I think you'd have a more successful result.   Posted: 02/20/2021 16:08:25


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