Richard Sprott, APSA  

Phyllis Aging by Richard Sprott, APSA

December 2019 - Phyllis Aging

December 2019 - Richard Sprott, APSA


About the Image(s)

Processed in Snapseed to look like a WPA image. Converted to B&W and increased contrast. BTW, I have her permission to use this image (she is my sister-in- law) and very understanding.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Using natural lighting for the original portrait worked out very well. For the conversion to black and white, well I guess it doesn't hurt to experiment.   Posted: 12/10/2019 12:19:22
Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
I enjoyed your gentle way of telling me you don't like this image.   Posted: 12/11/2019 10:36:18

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
As long as Phyllis goes along with your imaging, fine. I probably would have used a little reverse (swipe to the left on) Structure on Snapseed. I do this on almost every portrait that I shoot with the iPhone Portrait mode for ladies over 40. They love it.   Posted: 12/12/2019 08:38:29

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I do like the black and white conversion as it looks like a pencil drawing. However, to me the process makes the woman's skin look blotchy and dirty. What is a WPA Image?   Posted: 12/15/2019 00:11:15
Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
WPA was the Works Progress Administration which funded photographers and artists in the 1930s. I had in mind images by Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans. Btw, I have often thought that Walker Evans could be a distant relative. Many of his images include a Sprott reference (towns and stores in Alabama and the Carolinas) and Evans is an occasional Sprott family first name.   Posted: 12/15/2019 09:33:15

Bob Barley   Bob Barley
I understand your reference to the photographers employed by the WPA. They tried, in my opinion, to tell the story of those difficult times via sympathetic images. I think this image could have a similar aesthetic, but as the others have mentioned, a more conventional approach might have been used.   Posted: 12/15/2019 11:52:56

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
I agree that the blotchy skin is problematic in BW image. Might be interesting to do first BW conversion on Snapseed and then fine tune it in the Dramatic BW app which gives you dozens of BW conversions to try. Agree fun to experiment.   Posted: 12/15/2019 17:02:41

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
For me the conversion to B&W adds a sort of character to the portrait which seemed ordinary in color. What others see as blotchy skin is not a problem since I don't take it literally. What really works in the conversion is her eyes.   Posted: 12/18/2019 09:08:40