Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk  

Banana Truck by Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk

May 2020 - Banana Truck

About the Image(s)

I went to Africa a few years ago and saw this truck leaving a rural area in Tanzania. I loved the way the man on top was trying to steady the load while the truck was going over the bumpy road. I did basic adjustments cropping and upping shadows and clarity.

9 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Interesting image. My only suggestion would be to darken those trees a bit. They are a bit too bright and drawing the eye there. See my suggestion attached.   Posted: 05/08/2020 20:52:14
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Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
I think this is an interesting story that is well composed and exposed.

Think about 2 minor adjustments that might better attract a viewer's eye to man: use the gradient radial adjustment tool to add a vignette centered around the man and use the adjustment brush to add just a little brightness to him.   Posted: 05/08/2020 22:05:11

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
This image gives me the feel of being there, and that's a good thing. It has a story to it and the composition is good.

I thought the lower right hand corner might be a little soft compared to the focus in the rest of the image.   Posted: 05/09/2020 14:01:33
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Thanks for your comments. I think tho that the softness you see in the right hand corner is the dust cloud from the dirt road.   Posted: 05/11/2020 11:20:10

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
I like the story and at the same time feel overwhelmed by the amount of extra stuff in the picture. I did recognize the haze for dust, but at first glance, it does look more like an artifact of some kind. Maybe a similar scene from another angle that eliminates some of the clutter around the main subject, or a tighter crop?   Posted: 05/15/2020 22:27:57

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
To me, the scene is what is interesting. If you take out the scene, the picture of the man himself is not interesting. So I'm not in agreement with cropping tighter or removing items from the scene. I think this image has good composition as it is.   Posted: 05/16/2020 08:04:06
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Thanks. I agree with you. I did crop out some other people but really don't see "extra stuff" in the photo.   Posted: 05/16/2020 08:27:47

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
I like the way the man on the moving truck is keeping his balance while adjusting the load and the onlookers showing some concern.

I think that the image is framed well with man and truck on the left and the two woman, especially the one with the bright cyan shirt holding down the right side of the image.

I would like to see a little more separation of the man from the very busy background. Perhaps a little shallower depth of field would have helped.

  Posted: 05/17/2020 23:51:30

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I really like this kind of travel story photography. Getting a good image from an immediate scene is not the easiest thing to do, and I think you've captured this very well. The only nit I would pick is to crop out the right side up to the sleeve of the woman with the white cloth on her head.   Posted: 05/19/2020 10:20:57


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