Carol Sheppard  

We all Screamed for Ice Cream by Carol Sheppard

September 2020 - We all Screamed for Ice Cream

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The settings were ISO500, 70mm, f9.5, 1-15th.

I just liked the grouping, all of them looking in the same direction, each with an ice cream. I tried Black & White, but it loses something on the ice cream. I am considering doing something in Photoshop to keep the color of the ice creams but make the rest B&W. I don't know why I used 1/15th sec--wouldn't do that generally!

6 comments posted

Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
I like the story and the linear composition works really well for me. The reflections in the window add depth which I like.

I think reducing the brightness of the background might add some separation from the family. See my file.
You can try the spot coloring but there's not much color in the ice cream so I don't think it will work well ... but try it.   Posted: 09/03/2020 21:18:19
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Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Yes, Ed, agreed. You are right. There is just something about this ice-cream-eating family and the way they are even looking in the same direction that makes me smile.   Posted: 09/04/2020 05:22:51

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Nice image but I picked up on your thought and took it into photoshop to see what it would look like. I like the result. What do you think?   Posted: 09/03/2020 21:29:04
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Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
It's a little surreal but fun! Thanks for taking a try at it!   Posted: 09/04/2020 05:20:41

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
I can see what motivated you to take this shot. The idea of this family all lined up together and turned in the same direction while holding their ice cream cones while dispassionately watching something is an interesting story.

What I find most interesting about this scene is the family's passiveness at whatever entertainment is going on (and I'm guessing it's some kind of birthday entertainment that they are most likely watching). I personally would be interested in positioning myself so as to capture more of their faces because it appears that there isn't a lot of emotion being expressed, even by the little girl, and yet they are in a setting where I would expect the entertainment to be more joyous and fun.

I might also, in such a situation, look for a way to capture both their passivity and some glimpse of what the entertainment was. I'm not sure that could be done here. The only possibility I can think of is maybe from the street side of the window. But that probably wouldn't work. It's just something I might think about in this kind of setting.

Another reason I would want to position myself more in front of them is that in the current position, the family forms a leading line coming from the lower lefthand corner of the image, but the leading line doesn't lead to anything. And that bothers me. I always look for a leading line to take my eye to something (even if that something is infinity). But here it just takes my eye straight out of the frame.

All in all, I think there is a good story here. Good eye in seeing that.

  Posted: 09/04/2020 13:50:16

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
What captivates me in this image is that everyone is looking away from the camera, making me wonder what is going on out of the frame that has overpowered the enjoyment of ice-cream. For me a little bit of mystery adds a lot to the image.

I agree with Ed that toning down the brightness of the trucks helps, the bright background pulls my eye past the main subject, the family. I find that the reddishness of the wood also pulls my eye away from the family, I think that you could desaturate the background some, but leave the family fully saturated or increase their saturation some rather than go to completely black and white. Then decreasing the brightness along the family's arms would help bring my eye to their faces and the icecream.   Posted: 09/08/2020 17:51:12
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