Oliver Morton  

Child Jouster by Oliver Morton

August 2019 - Child Jouster

August 2019 - Oliver Morton


About the Image(s)

I attended a Jousting Tournament last weekend. This five-year-old boy was, by far, the youngest contestant. I loved the earnest look and the intense concentration on his face. I cropped the photograph, edited it in Photoshop’s Camera Raw, then used Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert it to B&W. Finally, I used the Topaz DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI filters.

Data: Canon 5D4; 100-400mm lens @ 263 mm; 1/3200 sec; f/5.0/ ISO 6400

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

Hattie Stamer   Hattie Stamer
Well captured and processed on this photo. I liked the determined look on the kid. Fabulous sharpening comparing before and after. Can PS do as good as a sharpening job? I don't have any suggestion, well done.   Posted: 08/07/2019 13:14:18
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Hattie. I've started using the new Topaz Sharpen AI filter to handle my sharpening needs. It does an amazing job!

  Posted: 08/07/2019 13:28:31
Hattie Stamer   Hattie Stamer
I'm going to look into that. Is it a PS plug in or stand alone software?   Posted: 08/07/2019 13:50:50
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Hattie, it's a separate plugin from the Topaz company. Unfortunately, it's not particularly cheap.
  Posted: 08/12/2019 17:47:56

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Oliver, there is a resolute look of the boy, there is a diagonal line leading away the look, well, and a smart side. Excellent work.

Yes, there's nothing to criticize.   Posted: 08/11/2019 02:49:39
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Israel. The whole event was fascinating. They had music, food and lots of photographic opportunities!

  Posted: 08/12/2019 17:49:05

Julie Sheppard   Julie Sheppard
There is a lot to like here. I agree you have captured the story of the boy filled with determination at the jousting. There is a great tonal range, also depth of field contributes well. There is a great range of textures, from the flat looking matte texture of the helmet, to the engravings on the jousting stick, to the support around his wrist, the hairs on his arms and the texture of his t-shirt. Good job. I'm sorry I can't think of anything to improve this image. And yes that sharpening is incredible - wow.   Posted: 08/12/2019 05:51:46
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Julie. I really appreciate the compliments!
  Posted: 08/12/2019 17:50:51

Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
Nice one Oliver - I especially like the background bokeh - allows for more eye emphasis on the main subject. Its a great capture - clean and sharp. After about a twelve hundred year hiatus, jousting is finally coming back - who knew!   Posted: 08/12/2019 11:09:22
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Gary. Amazingly, jousting is the Maryland state sport so a couple of times a year it's possible to find one of these local tournaments. One of the things that blew me away was that there were professional jousters!
  Posted: 08/12/2019 17:52:36

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
I owe everyone an apology! I always like to quickly reply to the comments and suggestions of the other members. And, to be honest, I was surprised at how "quiet" Groups 62 has been this month. Then, in a sudden burst of uncommon thinking, I checked my Spam folder. Needless to say, all of the mail indicating everyone's comments was there. Sigh!

  Posted: 08/12/2019 17:46:51

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Oliver, what a great shot. I really like that you captured this boy with his index finger placed correctly (I presume) on his lance for control.   Posted: 08/13/2019 16:25:41

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Oliver,
I have to agree with everyone else about this photo you did a great job, especially with the black and white conversion. I think the tones on his face look very natural for a young chap.

I do have a comment about the composition and storyline. I could not tell from the photo this was jousting. I had no idea what the boy was doing just that you captured a spectacular pose with accurate tonal qualities. Perhaps an angle that showed more of the scene to help tell the bigger story would have helped me. When I look at the photo I am wondering what he is looking at; is this a play sword or real sword? Is he standing or sitting on a horse, or is he playing with a friend?

Lastly, in my opinion, I would suggest toning down the bokeh a tiny bit. My eye is drawn away on the right side by the brightness of the bokeh. In addition, the shapes of the bokeh seem to really add a bit of chaos to the image so toning the brightness down will help a great deal.

Beautifully done my friend!

Best regards,

  Posted: 08/25/2019 20:31:00