Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk  

Play That Fiddle by Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk

September 2020 - Play That Fiddle

About the Image(s)

I took this picture at a Cajun Festival held every year (except this one) in RI on Labor Day Weekend. I love Cajun Music and this fiddler was giving it his all. Sony a6300, 51mm, 1/80 sec, ISO 200. I cropped, took down highlights, and upped the shadows, added clarity.

4 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Overall a nice image. My only suggestion would be to try and remove those letters behind his left shoulder as I found myself trying to figure them out. Shouldn't be too difficult with some black "paint"   Posted: 09/03/2020 21:31:24

Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
I like the perspective and the layering of the two musicians. I disagree with Beverly's suggestion because to me the lettering adds to the environment.   Posted: 09/03/2020 21:45:10

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
A strong image, and I don't think those letters need to be removed or modified. The crispness, especially in skin texture, brings life to the musicians, and the faces are clear and expressive. The dark background makes it all pop. It is a good image with great realistic lighting-something you don't always see in musician shots.   Posted: 09/04/2020 05:40:46

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
I can almost hear that fiddle playing.

I think you caught the fiddler at a great moment, nice gesture, showing his involvement in his music. I like the broad sidelight and the backfill on the drummer. I think you felt well with the clutter of microphone stands, choosing just the right perspective to get both the fiddler's and drummer's faces clear of obstruction, something that is often difficult to do on a crowded stage. I like the color contrasts in the image, the blue of the fiddler's shirt against the oranges of the fiddles. The cropping works nicely for me, I am glad you kept the clutter around his feet in the frame, it adds to the atmosphere of a stage performance.

I don't mind the lettering behind the fiddler, to me it is just part of the scene.

Perhaps just a nitpick on the cropping, I think I would have left a little more on the right in the image, that microphone is mighty close to the edge, and if the image were framed would cause a tangency.

Overall very well done.   Posted: 09/10/2020 12:41:04


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