Joe Norcott  

Lunchtime at the Quincy Market by Joe Norcott

September 2020 - Lunchtime at the Quincy Market

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Lunchtime at the Quincy Market Food Colonnade at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Mass.

Took this photo by standing in the middle of the hall as still as I could pointing the camera up in the air and down the hall. I had trouble with it being a little dark, so I made adjustments with it using Photoshop to crop and Topaz Studio 2 to adjust it. I used a Nikon D3300, 18-55mm Lens set to 48mm, 1/25, f/5.3 ISO 200.

8 comments posted

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Welcome to this group - I think this is your first image at least that I have seen.
It's an interesting debut with lots to look at and probably a scene that you could not now take in the current pandemic - at least I hope not! There are some great faces and expressions in this crowd but for me there are too many of them. I'd crop this to remove the left to the end of the Smoothies sign and the right just after Lobster Roll. This brings the focus straight on to the man holding his chin. I also think the image needs to be straightened a little as the horizon seems on the tilt. The letterbox format works well but could still be narrower to reduce a little of the ceiling.   Posted: 09/11/2020 03:26:08
Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Thank you for the post. I am really looking forward to being active in the group. I am going to review the original photo and look into cropping. Nice catch on it being a little crooked.

Yes, the photo was taken before COVID-19. You wouldn't catch me in there now if it was as busy as that day. However, a recent photo in the Boston Globe showed it very empty. Maybe a COVID-19 photo for comparison is a possibility next I go in to Boston.
  Posted: 09/11/2020 16:31:57

Dick Perkins   Dick Perkins
Glad to have you. This is a scene image that required some thought before responding. First was that this had to be pre-COVID-19, hopefully. Reminds of a marketplace image from Wuhan that appeared early on. It has a lot to like, but for me I think I would have appreciated greater depth, if achievable by faster ISO and tighter f-stop, but you did well with what you had. One can cavil about crop and inclusions, but since art is to provoke emotion, I think it works. Imagine all the releases one would have to get to publish it!   Posted: 09/11/2020 07:16:00
Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Yes it is Pre-COVID-19. I agree it can be tweaked and changed multiple times but I do like the post by Peter in that it could use some cropping. I was interested in more of a wide angle to it but I'll see what it look like when I adjust. Thank you for your comments. Very much appreciated!   Posted: 09/11/2020 16:43:02

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Now that the formal greetings are over, let's get down to what we do well - critique our images! I know the Faneuil Hall area very well and you captured the hustle and bustle that is a normal day there. I'm surprised you weren't stampeded in their quest for food. As for the image, I am in total agreement with the need for a crop. I attached my thinking of less on the sides and took a little off the top. Also, I pumped up the contrast to try to get away from the comics look.   Posted: 09/12/2020 19:18:29
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John Hackett   John Hackett
An interesting image. Lots to look at from faces to signs and architecture. I like the man who stands out at the bottom looking in our direction in a contemplative pose.To me he makes the picture work. The rest tells the story of the bustle of the location at lunchtime. Joes crop works for me.   Posted: 09/14/2020 07:22:18

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Welcome to the group Joe.
You chose a challenging venue and captured the story and impressions quite well.
I think Joe's crop is a big improvement that narrows the distractions and confusion a bit.   Posted: 09/15/2020 19:37:16
Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
I like Joe's crop and worked on it. I also made all the changes in PS and not using Topaz Studio 2. I think the color and detail looks better. Here is an update.   Posted: 09/17/2020 19:26:15
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