Ed Tepper  

Framing The Shot by Ed Tepper

March 2020 - Framing The Shot

March 2020 - Ed Tepper


About the Image(s)

Photo hunting in a local town I spied this young couple creating the photo. I was intrigued by their teamwork framing through the leaf plate at the store in the background. It obviously had some meaning to them.

Leica Q2 with built in 28 mm lens. 1/250 f4.0 iso 800

All processing in Capture One Pro 20

12 comments posted

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
This is an interesting image, and I would have definitely stopped to try and capture it as well. I think there is a story being told by this image. I think the image is very sharp, and I like the angle from which this is taken. There seem to be several kind of subtle leading lines here thanks to the angle that you've shot from (the angle of the street and the cars bringing my eye to the couple and then the pointing of the camera and the wreath toward one of my favorite stores, from which much of my house is furnished).

I have to admit that I didn't figure this image out though until I read your description. The first thing my eyes hit upon when seeing this image was the wreath, but I didn't see that the young lady was holding it. As a result, I was confused as to why there was a wreath hanging in the middle of this image. It's actually more obvious what is going on in the original color version of this image.

I actually like the uncropped, color version better. But that's probably just me and my quirky tastes.   Posted: 03/06/2020 14:58:51

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
If it's a laurel wreath, then it signifies victory, so they might be taking an advertising shot for the store. Alternatively, it might be a wreath of elm leaves and they are making a visual/word play.   Posted: 03/08/2020 22:31:23

Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
This is an interesting image. I too couldn't figure out the wreath until I read your description, but now that I understand why and how it's there, it tells a great story. One wonders who they are, and what use their photo will be put to. I do like the black and white better.   Posted: 03/10/2020 10:46:25

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
It takes a moment to grasp what is going on in this image, the woman holding up a wreath so the photographer can get an image with the "we" in the middle of it, but that is the charm of the picture and what draws us into it. At first, the leading lines formed by the car tops and bottoms led me to the group of people on the sidewalk across the street, but the angles were wrong for the line of sight of the photographer. The image works well for me.

I like the choice of B&W in this image, the mix of colors in the original resulted in clutter; I like the simplification. I also like that you darkened the reds and blues in the conversion to optimize the contrast. The choice of crop works well for me, taking out un-necessary elements and distractions.

I may have cropped a little more from the bottom and the left, but that is just a personal preference. I also noticed that the image was a bit over-exposed, but did not find that to be a distraction; the white of the hood of the car on the lower right balanced the white of the sky on the upper left.   Posted: 03/11/2020 12:36:53

Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Victor, thank you very much for your well considered & detailed comments   Posted: 03/11/2020 13:52:21

John Roach   John Roach
(Groups 52 & 64)
Your monochrome tonal effect as well as composition leads me through the image and allows me to wonder and create a story. Often an image doesn't need to have a clear story, but only suggest and then we discover from there, possibilities and some wonderment. You framed this well to help me see.   Posted: 03/16/2020 12:00:05
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Thanks John. Good to see you here   Posted: 03/16/2020 22:47:19

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I'm also part of the group thinking "what's up with that wreath?". After looking at the image for a bit and seeing the woman with her arm and hand extended to the wreath I got your story's idea. I think the monochrome version is the better of the two options and I'd have completely cropped out the white car at the bottom right. I think that crop would enhance the line from the photographer to the wreath and beyond. Like Victor, I did not find the overexposed sky an issue. Very nice image, Ed.   Posted: 03/17/2020 11:02:38
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
I prefer the Black and White, but like the car as it shows to what lengths they've gone to get that picture: they look like stalkers!!   Posted: 03/22/2020 13:19:25

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I much prefer the monochrome. I wonder if you ever approached the couple. I sometimes do when I have camera in hand just to meet another photographer and get some insight as to what and why they are shooting.

At any rate, I feel that the monochrome makes this a very effective image...nicely done   Posted: 03/17/2020 22:52:00

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
The capture of the couple is wonderful. It took me awhile to understand the wreath; it still didn't feel to me like they were poised to shoot through the wreath on a window. Perhaps their positioning? Without the wreath, its a great showing of a woman used as human tripod!! My eyes were drawn first to the words and then the wreath, finally to the man, and not to the woman until I read what you'd written in trying to find out why the wreath was hanging there. I would suggest lightening the area where the couple is, and darkening the letters at least, so that the first impression is of the couple. The area of the group across the street is light enough already to bring it into the story.   Posted: 03/22/2020 13:16:50
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Carol, thank you for your well considered and well taken ideas. I will make the changes you suggested and see how it works.   Posted: 03/22/2020 15:14:04


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