Beverly Caine  

Domino Players by Beverly Caine

September 2020 - Domino Players

September 2020 - Beverly Caine


About the Image(s)

In Little Havana an entire corner of one street has a place set aside for about a dozen tables and chairs with a permanent open roofed structure for the Domino Players. As dominos appears to be a favorite pastime of Cuban men this seems to be the meeting place which seems to be frequented mostly by seniors.

I didn't do too much to this other than sharpen it in Topaz Sharpen AI and crop it to remove some extraneous subject matter.

7 comments posted

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
I like this shot. The way you've filled the frame provides a real sense of being there and being a part of the dominoes players. And it gives me a sense of warmth with the closeness of others and the friendships portrayed. I think it's an excellent representation of life for men in Little Havana when they're not working.

My only comment for possible improvement is that I find the streak of light in the upper part of the picture to be somewhat distracting to me. You might consider darkening it or even cropping down to remove it.

Overall, I think it's a wonderful picture.   Posted: 09/01/2020 06:35:50

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Thanks, you are so right. I was so involved in the rest of the image, I never saw it.   Posted: 09/01/2020 08:17:26

Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
I like the story and how you framed it.

To me everything except the closest parts is out of focus. You didn't mention your settings but it seems to me you need more DOF to make this work well.   Posted: 09/03/2020 21:32:19

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
The point when I shot it was that I wanted the closest parts only to be sharp as I was focusing on the dominoes and the two hands in the foreground. Thank you for your review.   Posted: 09/03/2020 21:40:49
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
ok ... but they're at the very fringes of the frame and the composition doesn't work for me but it's your composition.   Posted: 09/03/2020 21:49:48

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
I like the gestures of all hands on the board, each says something about the player. I wonder about the hand with bandages on it. I was reading a book about poker players that said watching hands would tell you a lot more about whether your opponent was bluffing or not than watching faces, but I don't know how might apply to dominos. We are at the start of the game in this image, what do the hands tell us about the strength of each players hand, some look eager to play and others are more reserved. The player on the lower left does not have a good move and is reserved, it looks like the player on the lower right has removed one of his tiles and is ready to play it, indeed, his right hand appears to be in motion.

I think the shallow depth of focus is effective here, we don't need a lot of detail in the hands. The hands lead my eye from the sharp focus area in front around the circle and back to the beginning. The pile of green tiles in the from if for me another focal point because of their color and and sharp focus. I think the soft lighting works well for this image.

I agree with J Lanning, the patch of bright light on the ground is a distraction. I also think that the brightness of the playing board could be darkened a little bit, allowing you to brighten the the overall image to bring more attention to the hands.

Overall, a very nice image.   Posted: 09/06/2020 18:40:29
Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
You are both right on re the distraction. And a very easy fix....content aware fill and then just adjust to tone down the line created. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.   Posted: 09/06/2020 22:21:23
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