Carol Sheppard  

Young Love by Carol Sheppard

May 2020 - Young Love

About the Image(s)

Taken in France or the uppermost Basque region of Spain, in the Pyrenees. We had rented a car, and this sweet little town was along the way. I saw this couple, and the setting was so poignant--the beach art on the upper balcony and the kids sitting like it was the most romantic spot in the world! That's why I named it "Young Love." Settings: f18, ISO 640 and 32 mm on a standard lens. Used my Canon 50d, handheld. I would normally have liked to adjust the shutter speed, but caught just this one moment, take what you get! I did standard lightroom adjustments to white and black balance, added some clarity and vibrance, and cropped slightly off the top. I did some local adjustments to raise shadowy areas using the adjustment tools in LR.

8 comments posted

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
This is a beautiful scene. It has the look of a watercolor painting. And I think you've done an excellent job with the composition. You've placed the subject in the lower right hand quandrant, which is the strongest point in a photograph. Very well done on that. And then your capture of the overall setting is exquisite. The whole scene spells romantic. It's just lovely overall.

I'm wondering if that is the leg of a person lying on the bench on the left side. It looks like it is, but then again, I can't decide if I find that distracting or not. In some ways, because it points to the young couple, I kind of think that it isn't. And I think taking it out would leave too much of an empty bench, and you need the bench that long to get in the full measure of the scene. So, I think I would leave it in.

Very nicely done!   Posted: 05/08/2020 20:12:12

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
This is a very sweet scene. However, the beautiful work on the building takes away from your subject, and yes, I would definitely remove the leg on the bench. I find myself looking at the beautiful wrought iron work on the upper level and admiring the painting on the lower level with the young lovers almost as the last thing I seek out. Sorry to be a downer but I think that cropping at least the upper level of the building might have been a better option.   Posted: 05/08/2020 20:46:44
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Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
I think this is a beautiful scene and a tender story. I like the scene at the top. To me it completes the scene.

Think about adding a radial gradient mask around the couple, brighten them up a little so there's enough contrast to draw a viewer's eye to them and a linear gradient mask to darken the foreground. And yes, the legs need to take a walk (LOL).   Posted: 05/08/2020 21:58:20

Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
This is such a romantic scene, with all the soft colors and murals. Beautiful story. I would only do a couple things to improve it-remove the leg, the coke bottle and the sign that is cut off next to the balcony. Then maybe do a local adjustment to lighten the couple to make them stand out more. Really nice seeing.   Posted: 05/11/2020 15:46:49

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Yes, good suggestions. I need to make sure the couple doesn't get crowded when I cut out the sign. I actually enjoyed the Coke bottle....almost like a cliche.   Posted: 05/15/2020 22:23:14
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Well, you definitely chose the right title for this image. I think the scene is captured very well, lots of color, sharp. I agree that the foreground bright area should be dimmed and, the people brightened just a bit. Personal taste puts me in the "crop out the top and legs camp". I've attached a cropped version - what do you think?   Posted: 05/19/2020 10:37:55
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J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
Personally, I would not cut out the sign or the Coke bottle. This is street photography after all and neither is out of place or distracting. The sign gives the scene a sense of place too. I suppose a competition judge for something other than a street photography competition might take points off for half a sign, so if you're entering the image in a competition like that then you might remove the sign. Otherwise I would keep it.

But definitely don't crop to take out the sign. That would throw the whole composition out of balance. If you do remove the sign, do it in post processing. But of course then it wouldn't be a true street photograph since the sign is a permanent part of what is there.   Posted: 05/16/2020 07:44:15

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
I enjoy the theme, the young couple cuddled in the shade in front of the murals. They are the center of interest, from them I take in the murals. The perspective of the top mural being different from the benches below catches my attention. I think the image works as a unified whole.

Then there is that leg comping in on the bench on the left, stocking feet and the shoe on the ground

I find the brightness of the sunny areas in the foreground distracting; In Lightroom you could reduce the brightness of the brights some. I think that reducing the brightness of the upper part of the image would allow you to brighten the rest of the image some. The couple is somewhat lost in the shadow, any additional brightness there would help me keep my attention there a little longer   Posted: 05/17/2020 23:48:54


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