Stan Bormann, APSA, EPSA  

Quertaro Street Vendor by Stan Bormann, APSA, EPSA

March 2020 - Quertaro Street Vendor

About the Image(s)

Shot with a Samsung 10+ 5G phone at ISO 50, 4.3mm (26mm equivalent), f/2.4, 1/160 sec. This was fully processed in Lightroom. First the color image was processed mainly with the Basic Panel, then the conversion was made with the B&W panel sliders. Then the B&W was processed in Lightroom with global adjustments to the exposure, contrast and the new texture slider. Last the brush was used to first select her skin and adjust and then the pavement. Experimenting life without NIK Silver Efex. Lightroom works for the conversion reasonably well.

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10 comments posted

John Roach   John Roach
Stan, That is a wonderful explanation of how you created your image. It is a good example of how we learn from one another on how they create an image from start to finish. I think you did a nice job with the capture and the processing. The global and selective tonal range is very good. It is sharp and clear with nice contrast.

In my opinion, the image lacks something which might have been better achieved at a different angle of view to achieve a slightly different composition. I find the right frame encroaching on the bag and on the potted plant a bit tight. On the left the item on the pavement (cloth bag perhaps) grabs my eye a little more than I think it should.

Again, you have showed and explained how Lightroom can be used as an alternative for B&W processing quite nicely.   Posted: 03/07/2020 08:07:12
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
There was an article in one of the main photo magazines a year or two ago about how to do this with Lightroom. It went through what I said but neglected to talk about going back into the basic panel and moving sliders and using the brush. In any case, I tried it and found it to be very good, but the final Basic Panel adjustments were a missing important final touch. At this time, Lightroom seems like a good alternative to experiment with and I thought I would bring it up.   Posted: 03/07/2020 15:31:04
John Roach   John Roach
And, if interested, there are presets available that offer starting points for further creative options.   Posted: 03/07/2020 16:16:31

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
This image tells a clear story to me about the woman focused on her handwork with her wares out for display on her sidewalk market. In my mind the shine and texture in the woman's face identifies her as a hard working individual and adds to the impression of her character. The white halo along the womans arm suggest a bit of oversharpening. I like the discussions about the image processing details. I also use Lightroom as my primary image editor for fine tuning.   Posted: 03/08/2020 13:22:20

Don York   Don York
An interesting shot of this lady who has a great facial features. I think I would have liked it better, if you got lower and managed to catch her eyes, although I realize you have have caused a major distraction for her, but maybe an even more interesting shot.   Posted: 03/09/2020 15:23:43

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I find this interesting and generally well done. My preference would be see a tighter crop and eliminate the plant. I think the slight halos may have been due to the use of local clarity.
  Posted: 03/13/2020 08:39:43

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
Nice image but I agree with Jerry Funk, I think the plant is unnecessary for the image and just another thing to look at.   Posted: 03/15/2020 14:32:45

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
Nice image but I agree with Jerry Funk, I think the plant is unnecessary for the image and just another thing to look at.   Posted: 03/15/2020 14:32:46

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I think it's another case of an interesting subject in non-ideal surroundings. The plant and the bag do distract. I think the bag could be cloned out carefully, but the plant is perhaps a bit too big for that. I agree, the lack of eye contact or visibility is a shame, she might have looked up from time to time? I like the mono conversion, there's a loss of shadow detail but I don't think that's a problem.   Posted: 03/23/2020 11:10:10

Abhijeet Banerjee   Abhijeet Banerjee
I liked this story telling image. This is processed well and liked your monochrome treatment. Only feedback I suggest is to go a bit low around eye level to put a bit of drama in the image.   Posted: 03/26/2020 23:33:24