J. Lanning Smith  


Puckered Up by J. Lanning Smith

November 2020 - Puckered Up

About the Image(s)

This was taken in Savannah's Forsyth Park. I was intrigued by this couple puckering up to kiss each other and the woman who was taking their picture in front of Forsyth Fountain. I just found the scene interesting and I was in the right spot to get the shot.

Taken with my Fuijifilm XT-4 at 1/340th of a second, f 4.0, ISO 160 with my XF50-140 mm lens set at 71.5 mm.


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5 comments posted




Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
I find this image to be an interesting combination of a posed and unposed moment. The puckered lips are obviously posed for a photo of the couple, the picture taker being unposed in the gesture of composing the image.

I think your selection of a shallow depth of field nicely simplified the background, letting your subjects stand out. I appreciate that the couple' faces are sharply in focus; that the photographer's is a little less so does not bother me. I think this image works well in monochrome. I like the side lighting, that for the woman's back-lit whereas the man is front lit.

For me, the crop on the top is a little tight, it would be nice if you had a little more image there. For me, the bright area at the woman's elbow is an eye pull, I would darken that area a bit.   Posted: 11/10/2020 21:48:14



Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Nice image, well done. But yes, I would agree with Victor, a touch more space above his head would be a plus   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:09:18



Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
I think this is an excellent capture of a decisive moment. I like seeing the photo in the phone because to me it completes the sense of place. I think the shallow-ish DOF nicely separates the main characters from the background. B&W rendering looks good to me. Overall I really like how you created this photo.   Posted: 11/14/2020 22:28:13



Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
I like this capture a lot. Love the muted background and the lighting on the couple's face. It really makes them stand out. I agree with Victor about darkening the white splash in the middle (the fountain behind the couple) as it does tend to draw my eye. Getting the photographer and the picture on the phone really completes the story.   Posted: 11/15/2020 10:38:59



Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I'm pretty much in agreement with Ed's assessment of this image. The first word that popped in to my head on seeing this was "voyeurism", followed by the thought that Street Photography IS voyeurism. The varied tones throughout the image make the choice of monochrome a good one.   Posted: 11/17/2020 13:21:17