Laura Lee Bartholomew  

Making a Statement by Laura Lee Bartholomew

November 2020 - Making a Statement

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I am really trying to branch out from landscape photography since travel is not safe right now. I have been struggling to find things to take pictures of. Due to Covid, I am not okay travelling to national parks or anywhere else alone.
I bought the iPhone 11Pro to have a decent camera no matter where I go.
This picture was taken on one of my daily walks. I can't believe how into Halloween some people are. Not my thing, but I love what I am finding when I go for walks in my neighborhood.
This is an iPhone image in the middle of the day. It did require a lot of work to adjust the tonal balance.
I know that it is politically controversial, but it definitely makes a human interest statement. Taken with iPhone 11 Pro, focal length 6mm, ISP 20, 1/4) sec. at f/2.

6 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Laura, you have captured an engaging Halloween scene. The tonal balance you worked on gave good results. I can tell by the long shadows that it was early morning or later in the afternoon.
One suggestion to consider next time is to get the camera closer to the ground - either kneel or sit - in the same way that you get down to photograph children. In this case, you have a sitting skeleton.
Timely for the end of October and early November. Jim   Posted: 11/02/2020 13:37:15
Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
Thanks Jim,
I rarely think to go higher or lower when taking a shot. That is something I need to explore more.   Posted: 11/02/2020 18:58:55
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Laura, for years I didn't think of changing my position either, until I got this suggestion from judges and tried it. I find with children and people sitting or just looking down, when you get to their eye level they will look at you - so be ready with the right exposure so you can capture their engaging/inquiring expression as soon as they see your camera.
You won't get the same kind of reaction from a skeleton though. Jim   Posted: 11/03/2020 10:54:38

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Laura great photo theme for this time of year. I always carry my iPhone when taking my daily walk through the neighbor as you never know what you will see. I do find it hard to move my eyes through the photo to the Halloween display. I keep getting drawn down the left-side driveway wondering what is around the corner of the house. I would have liked to see a smaller depth of field to blur the driveway and house. I believe this is hard to do with an iPhone. However, you might have been able to accomplish this by clicking on the screen to set the focus area in the foreground. This should blur the background a little. You also might have been able to use the shadows created by the foreground grates to draw the viewers eyes into the display. Another option would be to add a Photoshop Vignette effect, see attached photo.   Posted: 11/03/2020 13:16:47
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Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Laura this is a well-captured photo. Only the problem is this seems to have been taken in broad sunlight with different brightness areas.

If you are unable to travel, perhaps you can think of product or floral photography.   Posted: 11/13/2020 19:28:04

John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski

Good slice of life as I call them. Jim's comment on getting down on subject's level is a good one. I do teaching sessions for our club and I tell them (like most other photo teachers do) "work the scene." In this case you could take 25 images with your iPhone each one from a different position , up, down , left , right, closer, further, etc, with the intent that when you get home, 24 will go in the trash and the 1 remaining you will show us!! Have a nice Thanksgiving.

Tab   Posted: 11/25/2020 19:56:21


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