Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk  

A Nice Place to Read by Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk

January 2020 - A Nice Place to Read

About the Image(s)

I saw this person in the window while I was in Cesky Krumlov a couple years ago, and thought to myself it is a perfect place to sit while reading a good book. The window overlooked a river which made it doubly appealing. Canon 7D Mark 2, 77mm, ISO 100, 1/200th of a second at f10. I took down some highlights and upped the shadows.

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7 comments posted

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
This is a fun shot, and the way you have framed her while protecting her privacy works really great for putting the emphasis on the book and her comfortable pose. I like the shadows of the window as they lead me right to her. There is something about the angle that causes my eye discomfort, but I can't say exactly why. Maybe someone else will know (or maybe it's just me!). I also feel like the blue and orange work well together to create a pleasing color palette that speaks of warmth and sun-filled streets.   Posted: 01/05/2020 17:05:20

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I think I would have liked to see this from the other side of the window with a glimpse of her actually reading. I don't think she was really concerned about her privacy or she wouldn't have been sitting in the window in the first place. Overall a nice fun shot that probably offered other opportunities   Posted: 01/11/2020 14:27:55
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Unfortunately Beverly the window was over a river and I was on the bridge crossing the river so there was no other option but to take it the way it is.   Posted: 01/11/2020 15:11:28

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
I like this shot. Very well done. And I agree with Carol on everything she said except the angle of the shot causing discomfort. I like the angle and I like the mystery of not seeing this person's face. As Carol mentioned, blue and orange is a good color combination. It's known as blorange and it's considered by artists and Hollywood producers as the strongest color combination you can put together. Well done.   Posted: 01/11/2020 15:52:07

Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
I also agree with Carol's comments and the distortion caused by the camera angle is mildly distracting to me. Because it's a function of the lens, I don't have a problem trying to fix it. I played around with the Transform tool in the Camera Raw filter and came up with the attached. I'm not sure it's any better but it is different.   Posted: 01/16/2020 18:45:59
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Neat image. I think some of the fun of street photography is what an image doesn't tell the viewer and let's them make up their own version of the story. I wonder if the issue with the window is that the left side is only visible to us as a shadow?   Posted: 01/24/2020 14:16:48
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Bill, That is quite possibly the case. I kind of like the distortion myself but that is purely personal. To me the windows look kind of surreal.   Posted: 01/24/2020 15:59:19