Jerry Biddlecom  

Dishin' the Dirt by Jerry Biddlecom

September 2020 - Dishin' the Dirt

September 2020 - Jerry Biddlecom


About the Image(s)

I can't believe it's two years next month since I visited Spain, so I thought I would include a picture I took in Toledo. I liked this scene of two ladies taking a break from their work day to catch up on the latest news, or at least that's what I imagined they were doing. It seemed to me that the impact of the moment would be better expressed in black and white, but of course this will always be a matter of taste. This obviously was a touristy part of town, and there were many people milling around, and I had to wait for the moment when my view wasn't blocked while at the same time trying to capture an animated exchange. I had to get rid of the man's head and crop in to emphasize the two subjects; I know some will think this shot is too cluttered, but I decided to leave the background pretty much as it was because I felt it added ambiance and context to the composition.

5 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
To me, this is a wonderful street scene. The black and white conversion is perfect and sets the mood for the image. You did an especially good job of beheading the man at the lower left. I agree that this removed a distraction from the your main focal point. Nice work.   Posted: 09/08/2020 09:48:30

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
The black-and-white rendition of this image is really super. I think it better brings out the textures of all of the parts of this image including the subject matter of the ladies.The cropping is right on target and you have focused on the important things of the image. It's very pleasing to run your eyes over this in black-and-white certainly added to that experience.   Posted: 09/09/2020 11:36:06

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I agree that black and white works very well with this image. It minimizes the effect of all of the "busyness" around the two women. You have also improved the sharpness, particularly of the woman on the right. Interesting to see that the other woman is sweeping the sidewalk - maybe her job? Definitely a story here! Good work Jerry.   Posted: 09/10/2020 13:58:24

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
Great street scene. The clutter is almost an integral part of the image but just background enough to give a feel for the store and the subjects tell the story of a break between customers. Well done   Posted: 09/14/2020 06:09:25

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I agree with all the other comments. I like the BW conversion a lot. It really sets off the two women as opposed to the color version. Good cropping and head removal.   Posted: 09/15/2020 22:21:52


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