Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk  

A Sunny Day in Galilee by Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk

March 2020 - A Sunny Day in Galilee

About the Image(s)

A friend and I were walking in the fishing port of Galilee, RI when we spotted these men unloading frozen seafood from the boats. They were quite amused that we were taking pictures of them. I was first attracted by their orange gloves, but when I looked more closely at the photo, I fell in love with this man's smile. It's as if he was feeling the world was a happy place on such a sunny day. Sony a6300, 100mm. 1/80 sec at f8. Cropped and lowered highlights.

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8 comments posted

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
I can see why you were attracted to this scene; I would have been too. I like the contrast of the orange gloves and the slick green apron. The composition is very well done on this image. And I like the smiles on both of their faces. The depth of field is nicely done too. I like the way the scene is sharp back to the second person and then there is bocah with the mountains in the background. This image was very nicely done.

I don't have any suggestions for improvement. You nailed it.   Posted: 03/05/2020 16:09:33

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
Those big bright orange gloves shut attracted my attention. Both men have nice smiles.

I like that the men are nicely framed by thee equipment and building corner, for me it contains them in the picture. Getting a good image as I think you have done in harsh sunlight is difficult, it works for me here. Normally in these conditions I would have been thinking black and white, but the bright orange of the gloves is what makes this image.

I would have liked to see a little more light in the close by man's face, perhaps if he were looking more towards the camera like the man in back we would be able to see his smile better. (Or you could brighten it some in post processing.) To me, his teeth seemed overly bright, especially against the darkness of his face, and thereby a little distracting. I also think that the men's skin tone is a little to red and could be desaturated slightly.   Posted: 03/06/2020 16:43:13
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Unfortunately I had to take the photo as is. I couldn't very well tell the man to turn around and smile or I couldn't have caught it without a pose. And the men's faces are red because they have been working in the cold air (it was sunny but 30 degrees) unloading seafood from the boats.   Posted: 03/07/2020 07:05:58

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Great image. My only suggestion might be to try brightening the foreground man's face just a tiny bit with a non destructive layer mask,   Posted: 03/17/2020 23:06:44
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Thanks Beverly. That is a good suggestion. It was at midday so a lot of shadow.   Posted: 03/18/2020 15:55:29

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Can't count the number of times I've seen scenes like this. These guys are doing very hard work and they always seem to be in good humor. I think you captured that really well, the colors are very good and the only suggestion I have is to crop out the top to include the horizontal bar above the men's heads since it doesn't add anything to the image.   Posted: 03/18/2020 14:09:28
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Bill, I tried that and didn't particularly like it (can't tell you exactly why)
so left it in. Personal preference.   Posted: 03/18/2020 15:54:17

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Have to agree with Bill, it adds nothing to the image   Posted: 03/18/2020 18:09:17