Marcela Stegemueller  

Waiting by Marcela Stegemueller

May 2020 - Waiting

About the Image(s)

After listening to a recent PSA Webinar on Black & White by Don Toothaker, I reviewed some of my previous photos and selected this one as a possible good black & white photo. I called it "Waiting." I wish the person photographed had been more of a silhouette, but I could not make it so. Please give me your suggestions as to how I could improve it.

My settings were 1/250 shutter speed @ f/14 and ISO 250. I converted the color photo into Black and White and used the Noise Reduction and Color Effex 4 in NIK.

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7 comments posted

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
While I normally like more contrast in a monochrome, I think in this case it would not be compatible of the serenity of this scene. I think you have it right. I would consider cropping the top to bring the horizon to about 1/3 from the top, maybe not quite that much crop. I personally don't think getting the man into a more complete silhouette would add to what you have created. Frankly, the light is the same as on the rocks and it might not look appropriate. I really like the framing of the person with the small tree.   Posted: 05/08/2020 08:10:44

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Marcela- I also watched Don Toothaker Webinar and picked up a couple of points, even though I shoot primary in Color. I also agree with some of Stan's comments. I would crop from the top as well as from the right side.   Posted: 05/10/2020 11:27:27
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Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
A very good capture. I think you have the tonality & exposure correct. I agree with the others that a silhouette of the man isn't needed. My suggestion is perhaps to try a much tighter crop...from each side and top & bottom so the man & tree are emphasized. To me at least the road on the left is leading me out of the image. Overall a good job!   Posted: 05/10/2020 14:06:13

John Hackett   John Hackett
I am a great fan of monochrome and I frequently convert images to see how they translate. Like Stan I like a bit of contrast most of the time, but on occasions it is not needed. This one works well as it is, the person is well placed in the scene.I also agree with Stan over a crop from the top.   Posted: 05/15/2020 05:06:33

Harriet Ciccone
I would agree with Norm that I would impose a tighter crop, but the image is well done and the b&w suits it.   Posted: 05/20/2020 09:50:14

Carroll Reynolds   Carroll Reynolds
I get the impression of a lonely person in a large (perhaps to him an infinite) world. Stuarts suggestion on cropping would be of some benefit in focusing on the subject.   Posted: 05/31/2020 08:43:59

Ann McDermott   Ann McDermott
I like the composition here and how the person is next to the tree and that we can see a bit of what they are doing. It's more interesting this way than if the person's back was to us.   Posted: 05/31/2020 09:21:31