Gregory Waldron  

 Trouble at the Fortune Teller by Gregory Waldron

March 2023 - Trouble at the Fortune Teller

About the Image(s)

The image was taken last week at a Mardi Gras celebration. The participants agreed to have me take a photo and when the lady in red sat down, she just started to laugh and I just keep snapping my shutter. This is a composite image. I need to find an appropriate expression on the husband's face to go along with his wife and fortune teller. The wife is a little blurred which how hard she was laughing. I had fun making this image and your feedback is welcomed.

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12 comments posted

Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Hi Greg
Nice group seen definitely portraying a happy environment. Foreground and background are blurred enough to draw the attention to the main subjects which are presented well.

There's a number of halos around the participants heads ands head wear. What draws your attention to this mainly is the black hat against the dark background the halos really stand out on that which is quite distracting the other halos not as obvious but still there.

Well captured happy groups group seen with the participants obviously enjoying themselves. thanks for sharing   Posted: 03/06/2023 19:23:17
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Tom,
Thanks for your feedback. Sometimes I get too focused in one area that I miss some issues in others. There was a light fixture growing out of the man's head on the right. Your feedback reminds me that I need to do a better job of post processing review. Thanks again for pointing out some opportunities for me.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 03/14/2023 09:59:05

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Greg - Mardi Gras is a good excuse for coming together and a good time which is well represented through this image. The colors are brilliant supporting the Mardi Gras theme and the shallow depth of field helps the subjects stand out. Although not completely lost, I would prefer more detail and texture coming through in the blacks - the woman's black hair seems somewhat unnatural as a result. Photographing in harsh artificial light such as this is a challenge for me at best - you've done well with the skin tones. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 03/13/2023 21:26:08
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Darcy,
Thank you for your feedback. I agree that the blacks in the image could use some texture. The participants were really good sports, and it was fun having an opportunity to make this image.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 03/14/2023 10:02:58

Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Hi Greg,

What a fun image! It made me smile.

I do see the halos that Tom pointed out. It's easy to miss those details. I guess the two things that bug me are:
#1 - The crystal ball doesn't seem to be exactly round (maybe it's an optical illusion), and
@2 - I would love to see those Mardi Gras beads a bit sharper (maybe they are in another image that you could overlay?)

Kudos on capturing this fun moment and fixing what must have been some very obvious distractions.
Karen   Posted: 03/19/2023 19:18:24
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Karen,
Thank you for your feedback and suggestions.
All the best,
Greg   Posted: 03/27/2023 08:57:19

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hi Greg,
A lovely indoor shoot. Loved the way you have managed the composition. You could really capture the moments, but I do have a question about the crystal ball. This probably needs to be more like crystal, than a ordinary glass ball.
Probably the reflection as mentioned by Karen.
Thank you for sharing.
Kamal.   Posted: 03/20/2023 06:02:55
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Kamal,
Thank you for your feedback. I think based on the groups suggestions I have a few ideas on how to fix the distraction of the crystal ball and the beads.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 03/27/2023 09:02:40

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
Hi Greg. This does look like a fun time, and I wouldn't have known it was a composite without your description, so that's a success. I agree that the halos around their heads are a little distracting. Although never fun to clone out in Photoshop, I have done it many times. The Crystal ball looks more like a white balloon to me, and just a decoration on the table? The characters relate well to each other and I think your composition is effective. Thanks for sharing this enjoyable scene! Ingrid   Posted: 03/20/2023 18:34:19
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Ingrid,
Thanks for your feedback. The group has given me some ideas on how to fix some of the distractions.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 03/27/2023 09:04:08

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
(Group 46)
Hi Greg, A interesting image! I like people's expressions! Well Done! I just felt the right side a little tight-cropped. Thanks for sharing!   Posted: 03/21/2023 08:08:51

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Xiao,
Thanks for your feedback.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 03/27/2023 09:04:46