Ed Tepper  

Rome, Italy by Ed Tepper

June 2020 - Rome, Italy

June 2020 - Ed Tepper


About the Image(s)

Adjustments in Capture One 20:

Added brightness, added contrast with curves tool, added clarity, brightened horses nose, brightened woman’s face
5D Mk IV with EOS 35. 1/200; f.6.3 iso 1000

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10 comments posted

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
I think that you did a nice job of adding contrast and clarity as well as brightening the horse's nose and the woman's face. And I think choosing black & white over color was the right choice too.

I am, however, really distracted by the two headless people standing behind the horse. My eye keeps going there and wanting to see their faces (or not seeing them at all). For me, that's a big negative with this image.   Posted: 06/02/2020 09:41:29

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
The woman's look of surprise is captured well by you, and it feels nice and connected with the horse. Since it would be very hard to remove the 2 half-bodies, I was wondering if you can crop in tighter off the right hand side?

Regardless, I like it and feel it has great detail!   Posted: 06/02/2020 13:25:54
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Thanks Carol. Cropping in from the right would leave me with a bodiless horse and would look weird I think. Also, I crop for printing and I really like a square aspect ratio for my prints.

I'm not bothered by the bodies behind the horse. The human brain is a wonderful organ and we fill in the details that we know are there. They are not essential to the story but support the idea that there is a family there. As you noted, it's the expression on woman's face that makes the story and is strongly supported by the look on the boy's face.

In candid street photography, you sometimes need to take what you can get when it presents itself.   Posted: 06/03/2020 20:25:58

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
The subject's expression is, indeed, priceless. I am somewhat distracted by those two bodies, and just wonder if you had stepped a bit to the right when taking the image they might have been less intrusive.   Posted: 06/09/2020 06:09:42

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
I like the interaction between the woman and horse, her expression of delight with a hint of of trepidation in that the horse is reacting to her. I can tell that she is not used to being around horses. Is the horse looking for a bit to eat from the tourist? The expression on the boys face is precious, it looks to me that he is thoroughly enjoying the interaction. Nice story.

I think the choice of B&W works well, I find the spots of red and cyan distracting. I think cropping out the people on the left removed some distraction there and allowed you to level the horizon. I like the highlight in the horse's eye, it makes the horse look more lively. I like that the boy is looking right at us.

I see you increased the contrast of the image, I am guessing that you did so to improve the tonality of the mid-tones. I think one has to be careful when doing so to keep from over-brightening the brights or over darkening the darks, which appears to me to have been done here.   Posted: 06/09/2020 17:11:15
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Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
PS. I am not at all bothered by the two figures behind the horse. They add to the story telling us they are tourists by evidence of the camera.
  Posted: 06/09/2020 17:13:40
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Victor, thanks very much for your well thought out comments. I'll look at the midtown range.   Posted: 06/09/2020 17:56:36

Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
I love the expressions on the 2 faces (woman and boy) and you definitely have caught the feeling of someone not used to horses (I am sure I have had that expression on my face at times when my daughter's horse thought I had a carrot for him). The two figures behind the horse bother me a bit, but as you say in street photography you take what is there at the moment. I think Victor's comments are valid and like the slight improvements he made. Nice story.
  Posted: 06/11/2020 14:13:53

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I agree with the previous reviewers' comments about the expressions on the faces of the woman and boy. I think the horse might have a "where's my carrot" expression on his? I like the story but, honestly, I don't think it's your best work.   Posted: 06/13/2020 15:57:27
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Well, it's one I pulled from my archives because I'm not shooting during the Covid crisis. On the other hand, I thought the main objective of this group was to post works you're not sure of to get comments on. I'm curious about your comment though, you criticize the photo without saying why.   Posted: 06/13/2020 16:55:02