Gloria Sprung  

Out for a Walk by Gloria Sprung

April 2021 - Out for a Walk

About the Image(s)

This image was taken in Jerusalem several years ago. Camera settings are 1/160 f3,5 ISO 2000. Converted to B&W in PS, straightened and cropped. Used Topaz Denoise to clean up the noise. The back of the alley was blown out and I used exposure compensation in Photoshop (with a mask) to try to tone it down.

6 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Gloria, this is a typical image of the narrow and dark passages of old Jerusalem. By the attire this woman with her children, (three, rule of odds) must be muslim. The very elaborated doors on both sides of the street add interest to the image, and frame the people, as do the stone stairs. This image I would not flip since it goes with the proper direction as how Hebrew and Arabic languages are written (right to left). When an area is overexposed it is impossible to recuperate detail. Your attempt to do so just gave a greysh look to the background.   Posted: 04/02/2021 07:54:01

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I like that you shot this from an offset angle. I also like images of people, especially children, walking away from the camera. Isaac makes a very good point about reading right to left. I agree with him about the blown-out background, and suggest you try showing us how it would look as it was originally. I would add that the attached image by W. Eugene Smith (commonly called The Walk to Paradise Garden) shows children walking away into brightness, and your image reminds me of it.   Posted: 04/02/2021 14:42:38
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Dan Waters   Dan Waters
I like the narrow passage and I see texture all around. My first inclination was flip the photo. I then read the above comments. An excellent photo and I too would like to see the original photo.   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:27:20

Les Lincke   Les Lincke
Gloria, I think you have a neat image here. I like the B&W tone which adds a little drama to the scene. The detail surrounding the subject adds real interest to the photo and the lighting around the subjects adds feeling. In my view, it's unfortunate that the subjects are not facing the camera but perhaps more importantly, lack detail which I think is paramount to the story.   Posted: 04/12/2021 18:57:13

Daniel De Cort   Daniel De Cort
Nice story of a mother with her children in a narrow street. The conversion to b & w means that all the attention is focused on the characters. You can see that you have darkened the end of the alley to light gray. This is a bit unnatural, maybe better left it white which will also add more depth to the image.   Posted: 04/19/2021 04:00:32

Bruce Goodman   Bruce Goodman
This shot drew me in. The action of walking through the narrow and interesting alleyway, the dress and the question as to what is at the end?

I have wondered what to do with blown highlights in an image like this and would enjoy hearing from the group their solutions (if any). I know bracketing is sometimes a solution but it would have to be significant in this case and it the shot was probably taken quickly to catch the action that you saw.

  Posted: 04/22/2021 08:54:03


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