Jen Carrick  

The Friendly Stranger by Jen Carrick

May 2020 - The Friendly Stranger

About the Image(s)

1/320 F3.2
23mm, iso 1200
This was taken in a Chicago store, hoping to catch the moment. Do you find it too noisy?

5 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I love the idea here, Jen, and no it's not too noisy to my taste. The X formed by the escalator in the center makes this, and having a person there was necessary to completing this, I think.

Unfortunately, you've got the "say cheese!" moment, instead of a natural pose. But given this is a stranger, you get points just for getting her to take the shot. Also, the 8 right at the right edge is distracting, and I think could be cropped out.   Posted: 05/09/2020 11:10:52

Don Crow   Don Crow
Jen you found some great repeating patterns and lines. Adding the woman makes the photo for me. I agree with Jack remove the 8 from the right side. That much crop would move the woman a little more out of center.
Nice shot.   Posted: 05/23/2020 13:35:37

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I very much like the concept Jen. However, to my eye, there is too much going on in the image with lines going in every direction at once. My eye wants to settle on the lady but the railings of the escalator bisect her. I know it is merely personal preference but it does leave me with an uncomfortable feeling as I look at the image.

She does have a nice expression - a nice friendly smile, and I think your processing of the image was spot on. It is just too busy for my eye.

Thank you for sharing it with us Jen.   Posted: 05/23/2020 22:11:47

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
A very well timed shot Jen! It is made by the X of the escalators and the fact that your timing had them crossing just ahead of the lady.

Yes, crop from the right as suggested already. I like her smile - the fact she is engages with you makes the image for me. It wouldn't be interesting at all, if she was looking forward.

My only query is whether you can work on the shadows of her cheeks? On my screen they seem too dark and her left arm has a dark band round it.

A well captured image I feel - thank you for sharing!   Posted: 05/24/2020 12:25:43
Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Thanks so much for the comments. Yes I do think it was over processed especially on her cheek and arm. The reason I left the 8 in was that I felt it echoed the shape of the woman!
But I can see now that it is distracting as well.   Posted: 05/25/2020 16:48:32


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