Helen Sweet  



October 2020 - Helen Sweet

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October 2020 - Helen Sweet

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About the Image(s)

: On Orcas Island, WA last summer, I was attracted to the strong shadow patterns on this bridge to a beach. It's said that converging lines like these should lead the eye toward a point of interest, so I added the girl. Then I cropped, darkened the right side, and added vibrance. But I actually prefer the original, thinking the girl interrupts the flow. Please opine. Sony 6300, 22mm, f/9/ 1/640 sec.

8 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Oh yes, I so agree with you that you don't need a "point of interest" in every such image. When the subject is lines, patterns, shadows, convergences, those are the subject. And such empty or stark images are profound discussions of emptiness, calm, tranquility, loneliness, or isolation, depending on what you shoot and how you present your image.
Congratulation on a good eye and a good shot.
You might consider rendering this in monochrome. I am in Monochrome Group 32 and am always on the lookout for monochrome subjects.
P.S. Our youngest daughter lived on Orcas for a year or so about 10 years ago, and we made several trips there to visit her and this most interesting place.   Posted: 10/12/2020 00:42:21
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you, Stephen. I submitted this in monochrome to my club. The girl was smaller, and the judge didn't like it b/c he thought "the runner should be captured with a larger stride." I'd post it here but saving it to use another time in Group 64. I had wanted to post a similar mono there this month with lines converging to a point of interest, or not. Couldn't find it in time so I did another but will post that in 64 sometime, too. I'll follow your work in Group 32.   Posted: 10/15/2020 03:27:54

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I sort of like the girl in the frame as she gives the eye someplace to rest. To me she looks a bit soft and perhaps a more crisp image of the girl would help. However, the lines throughout the image are wonderful.

You might remove the stray line floating in the sky between the girl and the pier rail on the left. It would be a quick touch up in PS.   Posted: 10/15/2020 09:34:38
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you, Larry. I didn't notice the line and have no idea where it came from.   Posted: 10/15/2020 14:31:22

Howard Frank   Howard Frank
Nice lines and shapes, Helen. I like the final image you presented the best and I agree with the comment that it gives a good focal point for the eye to land on.   Posted: 10/18/2020 09:25:54

Subhash Sapru   Subhash Sapru
Lines, curves, shadows and floating clouds all make the simple image very impressive.   Posted: 10/18/2020 22:18:21

Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
The image without the girl is very powerful by itself, with lots of energy coming from the curvature. Nicely captured. And adding the girl adds significantly to a storyline. As Stephen commented, the elements you include depend on the story you want to tell. I'm wondering what you felt and intended when you originally took the image. Does the final result reflect that? Very well done!   Posted: 10/19/2020 14:54:02

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
I like the cloud of the original 1 image. The pattern and the shadows of the bridge are also great. I prefer the simple form of the original image without any person, which focus on the pattern, the cloud, the curve, and the shadows of the bridge.   Posted: 10/19/2020 16:49:58


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