LuAnn Thatcher  

Safety First? by LuAnn Thatcher

October 2019 - Safety First?

October 2019 - LuAnn Thatcher


About the Image(s)

This months image is an attempt to photograph an environmental photo about a neighborhood in my community. I was here to play Pickleball and driving through the neighborhood to get to the courts I stumbled upon this scene. What really caught my eye was when I saw this infant swing. If I looked even closer to the high power electrical transmission lines there is a basketball court teens play at daily, and a new housing development of starter homes! Enough said.

Camera: Fuji X-T2 mirrorless
Settings: ISO 200, 1/60s, f/11, lens XF50-140mm f/2.8 LM OiS WR

I look forward to everyone’s comments. How would you take an environmental image?

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

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi LuAnn,

I think you have touched on a global problem that concerns all of us and it is necessary to fight this.
In my opinion, compositionally excellent photo.

I thought to blur everything that is behind the swing, but then the connection with high-power power lines is lost,
so I didn't change anything.   Posted: 10/01/2019 11:57:18

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thank you for your comments, Israel!

If I could post this photo in a larger size, the elements stand out more.

LuAnn   Posted: 10/01/2019 18:41:14

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
I agree with Israel. The world situation is frightening. To me, as a photographer and nature lover, global warming is terrifying. And, the blind push for more energy, more power, more anything without considering the consequences is likely to jeopardize the lives of our grandchildren.

LuAnn, your image brings this issue to light in a wonderful and somewhat subtle way. The idea of a baby's swing in the forefront of a power station is brilliant.

Photographically, I think that a bit of dehaze in the clouds might emphasize the sense of danger. Otherwise, I have no suggestions for change. Well done!

  Posted: 10/04/2019 21:08:38

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thank you Oliver for your comment! I think I found a way to put emotion and impact in an image. I will work on dehaze; that's a good idea. I don't use Lightroom with Fuji I switched to capture One Pro; they have a partnership with company and editing is more specific for Fuji cameras; LR doesn't have that advantage . I will have to figure out how they tackle deglaze.

Best regards
LuAnn   Posted: 10/05/2019 06:43:55
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
I played with your wonderful image a bit to see if I could enhance the foreboding feelings that it causes. I mostly used the Camera Raw Adjustment Brush with Dehaze. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 10/17/2019 14:24:13
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Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
Yeah, a little more ominous look in those clouds would not hurt LuAnn, but you nailed the empty bench and child swing with the power station behind - kinda think it might work better as a color image, but a thought provoking subject at any rate.   Posted: 10/06/2019 21:51:54

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hi LuAnn.

The juxtaposition of the infant swing and ominous electrical grid make a powerful image for sure. Well, done. :)   Posted: 10/14/2019 07:17:27

Hattie Stamer   Hattie Stamer
Well expressed how you feel LuAnn! I do agree the image size if too small to show better impact, such as I cannot see the new development in the image. I also found the image is a bit tight, which could be another reason for new development hard to find in this image. I also have big concern on our environment problem, global warming. Glad that you are taking that into your photos.   Posted: 10/14/2019 11:37:18

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
I agree with the excellent composition telling a story about child safety and why was a playground built nearby, but I do not link it to global warming. We need electricity and in urban environments playgrounds sometimes co-exist as families do not want to live next to the substation. I like the tonality of the image with Oliver's sky edits.   Posted: 10/17/2019 19:24:19

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thanks to everyone for your comments!

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 10/18/2019 14:33:28