Victor Dallons  

Runner by Victor Dallons

October 2020 - Runner

About the Image(s)

There are several ways I could go with this one. The runner is dead center, against the advice of good composition, but includes the enigmatic message …only by the wall…” as contextual mystery. I could crop it down so that she is running into the frame as would be prescribed by usual compositional advice, making it just a typical shot, or I could crop it so that she is running out of the frame, usually deemed poor composition, but would create tension, or a bit of story implying that she is running to get away from a sketchy area. Any thoughts or other suggestions.?

Exposure: 7/28/2020. Nikon D7000. F/8, 1/640 sec, 1600 ISO, -1 exposure compensation, 105mm focal length (157 mm full frame equivalent) 14 bit RAW file, Adobe RGB color profile (converted to sRGB for submission).

Processing: Cropped to straighten and remove clutter from edge of frame, increased exposure, increased contrast, added clarity, adjusted white balance. Brightened runner a bit, slight vignetting at top of frame.

13 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I like the image the way it is, but just for comparison, I cropped a bit off the left for your consideration. I'm not sure it makes much of a difference.   Posted: 10/03/2020 06:43:57
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Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
Thank you Beverly. Your crop removes some of the clutter of the street sign but retains the original feel of the image.   Posted: 10/05/2020 18:15:21

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
This is a great image. I would not crop it at all. I think this is one of those times when having the subject in the middle of the frame is okay. And I think that because I don't see her as being the sole subject. I think the entire setting, including her, is the subject. It's a great image because there is a lot to keep your eye in the image. And it's perfectly shot in my opinion.   Posted: 10/03/2020 19:27:15
Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
Thank you for your comments. The stickered street and stop signs removed by Beverlys crop are part of the character of the area, and would be a large part of the story if I had cropped from the right. For local consumption, the street sign shows the exact location, but does not have much meaning for a wider audience.   Posted: 10/05/2020 18:22:29

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
This is a wonderful image: it has movement and life, and interest. Technically, you've done it all right, although I did like the cropped version a bit better. I think this is perfect as a street image and both a fun image and a commentary on 2020 at the same time! I see the title is Runner; I would love to see you come up with a title that sets up its relevance to Covid more tightly. It feels ironic with all the graffiti behind her and the seriousness of wearing a mask while jogging.   Posted: 10/04/2020 17:56:12
Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
Thank you Carol:

I really appreciate you comment about comping up with a better title. I have a hard time titling my images, but do understand the importance of having a good one. I am open to any suggestions.   Posted: 10/05/2020 18:41:08

Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
I absolutely love this shot and the story you're telling. You caught the woman at the perfect moment with both feet off the ground and her hair flying.

The graffiti is a great background. I'd like to offer an alternative crop of 16:9 just for kicks and giggles. What do think about it?   Posted: 10/04/2020 19:09:45
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Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
Thank you Ed. Your crop is worthy of consideration. Perhaps I was too attached to the original wording on the wall before it got cluttered by the graffiti, but only partially revealed in my image: "You are only confined by the walls you build for yourself." Your crop brings the image back to its main elements, the runner and the graffiti in the background. My wife prefers your crop because it removes the the distraction of the bright red rectangle above the runner's head, but then notes that it removes some of the other interesting stuff on the wall.
  Posted: 10/05/2020 18:57:08
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
It's up to you to decide what your story is. To me you had 2 competing stories, the wall & the runner. I prefer to emphasize the runner as the story and use the wall as a supporting actor.   Posted: 10/05/2020 19:37:50
J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
I like Ed's crop. It puts the focus on the runner, and still includes enough of the wall and its graffiti to keep the image interesting and the viewer's eye in the image.   Posted: 10/10/2020 16:41:01

Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Great photo. How anyone can run with a mask is beyond me. I do like Beverly's crop, which gives the runner a bit more room to run out of the frame and makes her not quite center (my own preference),but otherwise have no suggestions. No one dictates that you have to follow the rules. :-)   Posted: 10/10/2020 16:33:37

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I think this is a really good image, made better with Ed's adjustments.   Posted: 10/19/2020 14:11:00

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
Thank you every one for your comments and ideas. I like Ed's crop, so will go with something close to that.
  Posted: 10/25/2020 12:41:39


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