Sheldon Wecker, QPSA  

Untitled by Sheldon Wecker, QPSA

February 2021 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

Took this image in a restaurant in Wales, while we were listening to a talk by the owner and executive chef. It was stormy outside, and I tried to capture my tablemate against the clouds visible through the window. The picture was taken with a Sony RX100 "pocket" mirrorless with shutter set to silent. I just propped it on the table aimed it in sort of the right direction, and took a lot of photos slightly changing aim, hoping that at least one would be good. The subject never knew what was happening until I showed him the processed image a few months later. Edited in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro. 20mm 1/100 sec f/6.3 iso 125.

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9 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
(Groups 3 & 50)
What a nice combination of setting and light for this image. Had you not said so, I would've guessed the image was a composite. ...and I LOVE your shooting technique! The image works particularly well in monochrome (and a nice job on processing). Can you show us the original?   Posted: 02/05/2021 12:55:10
Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Thanks for the kind words Michael. Here is the original image, edited in Lightroom before b&w conversion.   Posted: 02/05/2021 14:25:51
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Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Great shot and works well in mono. Good depth of field and composition. Could almost be a great watch advert.   Posted: 02/06/2021 06:43:15

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
WOW! An amazing shot considering the story behind it. Like it all - the pose, the background, the surrounding elements - all come together here. Definitely like the B&W processing over the original color. There appears to be some shading on the side of his face which doesn't look normal. It could easily be lightened up in post-processing. Will this be going into a competition? I would be interested in the results.   Posted: 02/06/2021 15:52:40
Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Thanks Joe, and thanks for pointing out the dark blotch on the side of his face. I edited the image and it's attached.   Posted: 02/07/2021 11:53:42
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Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Looks a lot better but with your Silver Efex, you should be able to lighten that area up just a bit so there is a blending of the skin tones. Currently my NIK plug-ins and my PS are not talking to each other so I was unable to do it.   Posted: 02/08/2021 06:44:43

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Nice photo. I like the clarity of the images. After seeing the color version I refer the B&W version.   Posted: 02/09/2021 16:29:33

John Hackett   John Hackett
I like the story and the resulting image. The set up works well. The porthole window seems to suit the storm outside. I like the concentration that the subject is showing in the talk. I prefer the mono version.   Posted: 02/13/2021 05:19:08

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
I like this image but with the story, it is even better. I agree that the un-even face lighting is a little problematic. Other than that, it is an outstanding photo.   Posted: 02/26/2021 11:09:44