Dan DeVries  


City Fish by Dan DeVries

December 2019 - City Fish

About the Image(s)

This was taken at Pike Place Market in Seattle. It’s for City Fish, one of the vendors at the market. (It’s for their website.) This was a passerby who agreed to pose with one of the salmon.

ISO 640, 1/160th, f7.1, 50 mm. Taken with 2 off-camera flashes with shoot-through umbrellas.

Did some touch up in Affinity Photo to reduce blemishes in the woman’s face. The fish didn’t need it. Darkened the background and did some selective color balancing to try and reduce the effect of different color lighting. (Daylight, flashes, overhead lights, showcase lighting.)


2 comments posted

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Quite the "catch" (pun intended). Balancing the lighting was very important and you did a good job.

From a straight photography point of view, this image has a lot of distractions. Having the woman holding the salmon, makes her the main focal point, yet the market is your real "intended" subject. Since the image does not have the business name prominent, it makes more visual sense to focus the viewer's attention on the woman with the fish.

To that end, I cropped some from both sides, making this a more normal horizontal image rather than a pano. I then removed the worker's arm, and blurred the background with the Blur tool.

In addition, I removed some of the hot spots on her face and on the fish. What do you think?   Posted: 12/06/2019 15:53:30
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Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
Yes, it has much to look at in the image, and the cropping does make a huge difference as we must now focus on her and the fish now. I tried adding the logo to the picture using photoshop elements. What do you think?   Posted: 12/07/2019 19:30:31
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