Bob Legg  

Alaska RR Conductor 41 by Bob Legg

January 2020 - Alaska RR Conductor 41

January 2020 - Bob Legg


About the Image(s)

The conductor and myself were in the open air part of the train when I saw him looking ahead and I only had time to grab 1 shot out another window before he brought his head back in. That’s fine because auto everything did its job and a horizontal can be easily cropped to portrait with no loss of quality. Almost original, shadows opened up from 0 to 46 (so you would know there was a face, but that background and part of the train on the left had to be cropped. I used Luminar to make it Monochrome and then Portait enhancer to brighten the face and eyes. I think it is one of those images that works better in BW. Nikon D750, ISO560, 500/sec @5.6 and 85mm on 24-300mm

8 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Bob, I love what you did in post processing with this image. The stark contrast between the black and the light portions of the photograph really bring it to life. I don't have any suggestions for change. Well done.
  Posted: 01/05/2020 15:54:57

Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
Bob, nice capture and I think you are right that this one works best in black and white. The word conductor really stands out and you achieved sharpness and detail in that beard. There is a seriousness in his glance that brings this image to life... nicely done.   Posted: 01/07/2020 23:17:37

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Bob, it's impossible to criticize your photo, just get excited. Great job.   Posted: 01/08/2020 11:31:06

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks everyone. Looks like I have a Keeper.   Posted: 01/08/2020 12:11:04

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Bob, you nailed this one!

Excellent job. I agree with other comments. You have character, nice contrast, great focus, and we know who he is--his story, he's a conductor! Your black and white contrast and tonality is strong but not overdone.

Do you have any plans as to what you will do with this photo?

Well done, my friend!

  Posted: 01/18/2020 14:50:07

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks for your comments LuAnn. Yes, my default style is is have whites and blacks and let the tonality fall in the middle. I'll be picking up a 8x12 print of Conductor on Monday and taking to camera club competition on Monday eve. Not sure it will do well, but worth trying. I had thought about emailing to Alaska RR but have been unable to find a good address.
Enjoy the snow. We got less than an inch and then rained.   Posted: 01/18/2020 19:06:33
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher

Please let us know how your image does in competition, ok? My guess would be that the brightness is reversed. The person should be brighter than the background; because the eye goes to the brightest spot. You could work on that if taking it to a salon is your goal.

If you show us a photo in this group in the future and are intending to submit it as an entry in a salon, do mention that because our critiques don't always flow for that level of discussion. Not everyone here does salons, and not every picture has to conform to strict salon rules to be a great photo.

Best wishes, my friend,

  Posted: 01/19/2020 08:46:58

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks LuAnn, but only my local camera club and they do not follow salon rules and their judging is often off base. BTW, I'm not getting your suggestions for this image. I get the bright part of the image attracts your eye, but I do see a way to darken the background, but not as dark as his hat, tie & vest. Every conductor has a white shirt so reversing won't work. I'm good with your thoughts on entering salons.
Bob   Posted: 01/19/2020 08:56:36


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