Sandra Irwin  


First Responder by Sandra Irwin

June 2020 - First Responder

About the Image(s)

Taken with my iphone8, iso 20, f/1.8, 1/130 sec.

Adjusted in LR to add texture, clarity, and vibrance. It was taken on an overcast day, and I wanted a sunnier approach!


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11 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Sandra, The advantage of the iPhone is good image quality in a small package. A problem is trying to compose an image on the screen in daylight. Dead center images of smaller subjects from a standing adult position don't provide anything new or unusual to the viewer. Holding the phone down at the level of the hose connection or below can give the hydrant more stature as the title implies. The foliage and flowers are nice. Perhaps shifting the hydrant a bit to the right and higher in the final image would make it more interesting, too. This is an interesting subject waiting to be photographed from many angles. Karl   Posted: 06/07/2020 17:31:35
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Great comments - very helpful. Problem is, when I fell down the stairs a year ago, I broke my ankles in 3 places, and squatting down to take the photo was not something that entered my head, as if I went down in nowhere, I might well not have been able to get up. But I agree with you on the angle entirely!   Posted: 06/09/2020 23:34:40

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
My complete title was: First Responder Surrounded by Supporters!   Posted: 06/07/2020 23:03:29

Marie Miller   Marie Miller
I agree with Karl on his comments. The hydrant needs more emphasis and one way to do that is with placement. The another is with dodging and burning. I wanted to see how it would look so I practiced with your image. Maybe something a little like this?   Posted: 06/09/2020 22:50:39

Marie Miller   Marie Miller
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Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Thanks to both of you--this is how I learn!   Posted: 06/09/2020 23:32:38

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
I love the story you saw in this image. I tried to enter your full title but I think the software declared it too long because it repeatedly truncated it. I agree with Karl's comments. I like Marie's version. It not only brings more attention to the "Responder", but it places it off center in the light. You could also try cropping and lowering the brightness of the helpers perhaps with a radial filter, or a vignette.   Posted: 06/12/2020 22:10:39

May Meng   May Meng
I like how it is! Like a robot talking with me from far far forest or a shy kid playing hide-seek in a back yard but no one to find him even he tries to expose himself as much as possible!   Posted: 06/12/2020 22:54:34

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi Sandra.....always good to be last in line responding :-) I agree with all of the above, otherwise your image, as nice as it is, is only a snapshot.
I wonder if removing the vegetation at least from the central part, might have helped a little also. Watch your highlights too as they appear a little blown out on your version although I appreciate you were trying to make it sunnier. Maybe a selfie stick could help you get some of those low angle shots and consequently different perspectives, without you having to bend down?
All in all a nice idea, but definitely needs that point of difference to give it your stamp and set it apart.   Posted: 06/12/2020 23:30:34

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Not quite the last in line Valerie! We had quite a month, and just adopted two new 7 week old kittens...keeping us busy. Here is another idea - zoom in on the ring where the hose attaches, and let people wonder what it is at first. Might be a fun way to go.   Posted: 06/21/2020 13:36:23
Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Oooops......almost the last :-) Two kittens.....you're a tiger for punishment! Lots of joy and laughs though coming your way I imagine!   Posted: 06/21/2020 18:59:54