Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk  

Look at Me!!! by Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk

October 2020 - Look at Me!!!

About the Image(s)

I took this at the opening of the Loofe Carousel in Slater Park in Pawtucket, RI last year, It is kind of grainy due to the dimness of the building and the movement of the carousel, but I love the expression on this little guy's face. Sony a6300, 1/13sec at f9, 105mm, ISO 800. I cropped and added some clarity and upped the shadows.

12 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
The little boy makes the image. I would have tried to blur or darken the woman on the left and maybe the little girl. That should make him really pop. There is also some kind of artifact on the left side of his face near his ear. Not sure if it was in the original image or a result of the work you did.
I tried to open the image to show you what I mean, but received a message that the image is blocked from copying.   Posted: 10/03/2020 06:37:58
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Beverly, Thanks for your comments. I will try blurring the background more, as I really did nothing to this photo except what I listed. I think the mark on the boy's face was a slab of face paint as there was a festival going on to celebrate the opening of the carousel. (RI normally has a lot of festivals in the summer and fall). I do not know why or how the image was blocked as I didn't do anything different than I have always done.   Posted: 10/04/2020 09:09:39
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
instead of copying the image, use "save as."   Posted: 10/04/2020 18:54:30

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
Beverly said that this image is blocked from copying. I would like to be able to do that with photographs that I post online. I'm wondering how you did that?   Posted: 10/03/2020 19:31:32
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
As I said to Beverly, I have no idea why or how this image was blocked. I wish I did as I would love to have the option as do you.   Posted: 10/04/2020 09:10:37

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Great image! His expression is front and center, with just the perfect amount of depth of field to tell us where he is and to bring in the girl, while still keeping the focus on the boy and his excitement. I don't see an artifact, but I do see face painting, all part of a day at a faire! And the woman didn't even register for me until I read the comments--as we all know, this is part of street scenes as we capture that single moment in time.   Posted: 10/04/2020 17:50:21

Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Love the photo and love the story. I have a few of my granddaughter on a carousel and I treasure them

In the attached image I reduced the highlights quite a bit, which darkened the background. I then used the graduated radial filter to draw a mask on the boy's face and add a touch of brightness. What do you think?   Posted: 10/04/2020 19:00:02
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Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Ed, It does make a big difference. Every time I look at this image I have to smile. Thanks for your suggestions.   Posted: 10/10/2020 16:23:17

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
This is a great image. I like how you've focused on the boy's face and still given us a sense of place. The joy in his face is contagious. I like Ed's suggestions about reducing the highlights and darkening the background a touch. But overall, excellent capture!   Posted: 10/10/2020 16:47:07

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
This boy appears to me to be really enjoying his merry-go-round ride. I like the joyous expression on his face. The highlights in his eyes makes his smile sparkle. Overall a wonderful capture.

For me, I would like to see the boy's face a bit brighter and the background a little darker to bring the boy more forward in the image, as suggested by J. Lanning. To do this in Lightroom, I reduced the bright areas in the background by moving highlights and whites all the way to the left (Darken) and increased the overall image exposure to brighten the boy. (Or just add some light to the boy's face as J. Lanning suggested.) The lighting on the boy's face looked a little flat after that, so compensated by increasing the contrast there using the local adjustment brush.

I my perception, the white balance looks a little off, I thought the boy's skin color looks a little more natural to me when I adjusted the white balance using his teeth as a neutral reference. ( I checked the calibration on my monitor when evaluating this image.) This made the background a bit blue, so I desaturated the, Aquas and Greens a bit. Adjusting the white balance in images with mixed light source types can be a bit tricky.   Posted: 10/11/2020 13:34:09
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
This is a cute image. I like the adjustments Ed made. I'm guessing since you made the image at 1/13 that the carousel was stopped?   Posted: 10/19/2020 14:03:48
Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
It was just barely going. I like what Ed made to the boy, but would have tried to keep more of the color in the background as I love the stained glass there.
  Posted: 10/19/2020 14:52:49


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