Karen Smalley  


Hayden by Karen Smalley

October 2019 - Hayden

October 2019 - Karen Smalley

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About the Image(s)

This was taken on a fun little shoot I did with Hayden , It was at a place called the Custard Factory in Digbeth in Birmingham .. It is a place full of beautiful street art , but when the weather is a little wet ( no surprise there , after all I am in the UK lol ) , there is a place inside one of the buildings where we came across this gorgeous piano ..
The rest is history .. A tired young model and the final shots of the day ... put this into mono and ended up with this as the result

Settings this shot was taken on Camera 5d MKIv , at f 2.8 , 1/250 on ISO 640


6 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Karen, this image is my favorite this month.The original was a good photograph, from the technical perspective. But your transformation of it in mono really works fantastically, to bring out a story. Great job!   Posted: 10/02/2019 19:39:05

Karen Smalley   Karen Smalley
Thank you Georgianne .. it is an image I'm so pleased with .. and everyone's comments and critique is welcome x   Posted: 10/03/2019 16:18:08

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
Karen - what a great photo! There is a lot to like: Hayden's staring at the camera with such an uncertain-expression; and (such a find) that interesting old yellow piano on wheels. Leaves me wondering about what is the story, which I like.

You didn't write about how you converted to B&W, but I think this is an area for improvement. The blacks in the hair seem to have lost all detail / tonal range, and the pedals on the piano are quite black (drawing my eye), when they could be more invisible in a mid-grey. Also, I find the white vertical (on the right side of the piano) distracting. You did well to get the metal of the chair toned down some, and I like the darkness on the floor tiles since it encourages some looking around the image. A little cloning away of the peeling paint on the left side of the paino is an option. One additional thought, I quite like the yellow of the piano, and might add just a little color back by stacking the original image in "color" blend mode at low opacity on top of the B&W, with some masking if desired..
  Posted: 10/08/2019 09:26:34

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Karen - I love Hayden's expression! I also love that you decided to use high key mono - it really sets it off. I also like the shallow depth of field, which makes Hayden stand out.
My suggestion is to try toning down the hot spots on the right of the piano, as Witta suggests.   Posted: 10/10/2019 19:58:08

Karen Smalley   Karen Smalley
Hi many thanks to all of you that have commented on my image and I will certainly take a good look at your comments and make little tweak adjustments to the image .. I have so far been so lucky with this image ,it's been accepted in 99% of salons both national and international , but anything I can do to improve the image and see how others see it through their eyes , can only help my to improve my work   Posted: 10/11/2019 00:49:57

Karen Smalley   Karen Smalley
Hi many thanks to all of you that have commented on my image and I will certainly take a good look at your comments and make little tweak adjustments to the image .. I have so far been so lucky with this image ,it's been accepted in 99% of salons both national and international , but anything I can do to improve the image and see how others see it through their eyes , can only help my to improve my work   Posted: 10/14/2019 09:41:56

 

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