Nancy Speaker, QPSA  

Ready to Ride by Nancy Speaker, QPSA

November 2020 - Ready to Ride

November 2020 - Nancy Speaker, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This image is from a photo shoot of Virginia Hawkins, my favorite model. She knows how to pose and is simply lovely in manner and person. She owns her own event company and is very successful with her personalities especially her Disney characters. I am sure with Covid-19, her popular business its hurting. However, she will not use this image in any of her special events, but, was very proud of her recent purchase of this outfit and saddle. She wanted to put an image on her Web site and Facebook of her new prized English Saddle and outfit. She found this authentic attire in an auction (size 6) and was thrilled it fit. She actually does ride side saddle and was very excited to have this photographed for the first time. This has all been hand painted using PS mixer brush. I liked the PS mixer brush painted look because it took out all the winkles. While I like the colors in the color version, I needed an image for an exhibition in Monochrome and turned this into Black and White. Since Covid -19 , we have not been able to join our camera club that hosts these shoots and I sure miss them. We do this for free for these models: we get the images for competitions and they get free publicity images and it is a win win.

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7 comments posted

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Hi Nancy, For this image, I believe the B&W version is the painted version. The color image is the original, correct?
I never thought of turning my paintings into B&W; I love what it has done for this painting. The tonalities are great, and I now especially love the highlights and shadows on the saddle, saddle blanket and her hat. You can really see the angle of lighting. And, the flowing strokes of her clothing and the blanket are fantastic. Some of these smaller painting choices might not be as prominent in a colored painting. The B&W painted version really has so much depth and dimension now.... I love it!   Posted: 11/12/2020 15:02:27

Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
I agree with Cindy and the original should be exchanged for the colored one? The mono image is really great. Well done.   Posted: 11/18/2020 06:09:54
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Thank you both. Trey switched it.   Posted: 11/18/2020 15:45:07

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Win-win is right: it's nice how the camera group and people who model are able to help each other. The two images you have also are winners, Nancy. You wrung so much detail out of the black and white image that one doesn't miss the color. On the other hand, you started with a nicely posed and nicely shot image whose colors look A-OK. I like the finishing stroke with the frame she steps out of. Very 3-D.   Posted: 11/19/2020 20:42:00
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Thank you Pat. I appreciate your comments about the border become some do not like them. I am personally fond of using them when I feel it adds to the image.   Posted: 11/19/2020 21:01:16

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
This is very well done and I'm sure Virginia absolutely loves it. The stepping out of the center frame is wonderful and I like the "ironing" you did on the fabrics.   Posted: 11/21/2020 11:08:50

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Ah, the many benefits of monochrome. In the original all I want to look at is the warm saddle and ignore the horsewoman. But mono makes me look at all the shapes and textures, which abound here.
Now I pay attention to the woman and her outfit. Well done.
I also really like the "matting. Now the horsewoman steps out of the image towards the viewer and that
is what is important. Great stuff!
  Posted: 11/21/2020 13:15:22