Alane Shoemaker  

BEDAZZLED 1920’s FLAPPER HEELS by Alane Shoemaker


About the Image(s)

Nikon Z 50
NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm
38 mm
ISO 1600

Organized by the New York Historical Society, the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, presents this special historical shoe exhibition. Spanning nearly 200 years, the historic footwear will be on view for the first time in the Midwest. "Walk This Way" was recently ranked by Forbes as a top U.S. exhibition to see in 2021. Every shoe featured in "Walk This Way" tells a story.
Taking photos of the shoes was extremely challenging as a result of a combination of the glare from the glass cases and the difficult lighting. No flash or tripods are permitted. One also could not dally too long, as only six people were permitted in the room at a time. I cropped and did some cloning of the background in Photoshop Elements 2021 and resized in Lightroom.

5 comments posted

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Interesting subject, at first not recognized as shoes. The difficulty of getting rid of glass reflection is a problem. If it were not, a more side shot might have defined the subject a bit more. It is well exposed, colorful and sharp.   Posted: 04/09/2021 12:27:57

Gary Hook
I initially thought those were horses' hooves. Bedazzled. Ew.

You appear to have captured the color and detail beautifully. I'll assume a larger image would read better.

Did you try moving to your right, and take a shot at an angle? For me, the most interesting item is the center triangle on the right. One wonders if a different perspective might make it more of a focal point?

I like the color here, not too warm, and likely very representative of the exhibit.   Posted: 04/10/2021 13:50:51

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Alane
You managed to capture good detail despite the glass and sparkles. The lines, texture, colors, and shapes on the heels provide a composition within the composition. Nice presentation.   Posted: 04/11/2021 14:11:34

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Alane: The warm color tones of gold and red draw one into the scene. A lot of intricate design well captured. It is interesting to me the left subject is slightly lower in the frame than the right one, keeps the subjects from being static. It is always difficult to shoot through a glass case, but you have done well in that regard.   Posted: 04/16/2021 20:33:04

Priscilla Farrell   Priscilla Farrell
Hi Alane, Kudos to you for sending a technically excellent image under difficult conditions. Limited time, a glass case and difficult lighting. I see good focus, lighting without any hot spots and good color. Must have been an interesting exhibit.
  Posted: 04/19/2021 15:18:09


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