Jerry Hug, APSA  

Mime in the Woods by Jerry Hug, APSA

August 2019 - Mime in the Woods

About the Image(s)

Recently I was taking photos at a Fair of people acting out in costumes from the 1400’s to 1600’s. I captured this lady acting in “MIME” with no spoken words. Her costume and body paint was all in a light blue color. In the process of converting the image into black and white, I used a blue filter which gave a light glow to her skin and a darkening of the background. I further enhanced the tree and surroundings to make her stand out even more. She was continuously moving so I shot the image using a high resolution 4K and 30 FPS video. This was the image clip taken from that video that I liked best. I used her facial tones to set the brightness of her tonality. The work seemed to be more of an image of Photo Art. I continued to darken the background giving a very minimal look to where she was standing.

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8 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
A very mystic/magical feel as if she is a ghost in the woods. The post process works great to pull her out of the surroundings and make her stand out. Good texture and lighting in the tree. I think the blur added also helps tp man her stand out.   Posted: 08/01/2019 08:46:15

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
Super image ......processed just right ! Consider toning down the spot about 70% down the left side just next to the white border.   Posted: 08/10/2019 16:09:37
Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Here is the original image. I tried my best with my style of editing and somewhat limitations that I put on the image. I have not printed the image, but the photo will stand up on 8.5X11 paper. You are correct, it is a tight cropping. I also really need to darken the light spot on the left side. Yes I did blur some of the background and foreground on both sides. Many thanks for you ideas and suggestions.

She could not stop moving and I could not really communicate to her as she entertained a small audience. Harvesting a frame out of the video really works.   Posted: 08/24/2019 16:58:56

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
Oh wow she is wonderful, can you package them all up and send them over here, I have a wonderful oak wood just waiting for them. However I do think her pose is a touch tight and the bright spots on her is loosing some detail which is a shame.
Again if you are really good or be a great one to practice with, adding light beams and low lying mist affect would make this image pop. But she is special and I hope you took loads of images this day.   Posted: 08/15/2019 09:00:32

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Interesting approach Jerry. You have a concept and have executed it with a definite plan. There is magical feel due to the element presented and the processing has been done to emphasize or rather make her stand out from the surroundings. But I feel you have overdone it and the tonality has been compromised in the background details. I see a sudden jump in the tonality also. You have your reasons for working it out this way. But my curiosity is that this is a grab shot of a video and I am interested to know if it can stand an A3 print without pixelation. Please enlighten me if such grab shots of video can be enlarged and printed to quality. Having stated it is nice to see the storyline and concept.   Posted: 08/16/2019 13:39:28

Steve Knight
Really well done. If you were going for that fairy-like mystical feel you've achieved it. My granddaughter loves it and that's quite a high complement!   Posted: 08/16/2019 16:09:38

Larry Crook   Larry Crook
It's an image that tells a story - or a mystery. I like the background and would like to see a little more of it, as that is an important part of the story. Technically it looks ok to me, but I'll defer to the comments above. Very intersting!   Posted: 08/17/2019 16:16:52

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
New style Jerry, but very interresting.
However, I am disturbed by 2 things:
- the crop is too important (not enough space around the subjet/lady)
- there is some blurring on the left (between 2 zone of sharpness).
Otherwise, this is a new style where the personal creativity can be infinite.   Posted: 08/23/2019 06:55:39