Bill Foy  

Goin' Toe-to-Toe by Bill Foy

April 2021 - Goin' Toe-to-Toe

About the Image(s)

Happened upon these two ladies conversing on a patio at Stoneleigh: a natural garden, in Villanova, PA, on an overcast day early last month. I liked the scene and, very unlike me, I asked if they'd mind if I got a couple of shots of them. All PP done in ACR & PS2021 - crop, adjustments to Exposure, Whites/Blacks, Highlights/Shadows, Contrast, Colors. Nikon D500, Nikkor 24-70mm lens @ 70mm, f/11, 1/80, ISO-250, handheld.

5 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
So true to today's normal. Tells an interesting story of our times. Well done.   Posted: 04/01/2021 11:42:00

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Definitely a story in the image. The orientation of the two women, with matching chairs and similar clothing, works well. I did feel that it is a bit too slow of a shutter speed, as one woman has her eyes closed and her hand shows movement; it is a bit soft as well. 1/80 may have been just a tad too slow for handheld. I do like your image, though!   Posted: 04/08/2021 18:25:01

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
This image tells the story of our time with the masking of the two women and their faces are six feet apart (or thereabouts) from each other.

I think that this is one of those times where I would center the subjects in the image instead of putting them off center as you did. I say that because in this particular case, I think the image looks off balance. Because the two chairs are the same and the women are similarly dressed, I think placing the center of the photograph right smack in between them would make the image more balanced.

I agree with Carol about the shutter speed too. I probably would have used aperture priority and made my lens wide open. That would accomplish both being able to use a faster shutter speed and blurring the background some too.   Posted: 04/11/2021 13:32:58

Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
I like the story of how we interact now since Covid struck, with the masks and social distancing. I am sure they are grateful just to sit and talk with someone. The softness of the one woman's hand does not bother me, but if you had stepped a bit to the right so that the two were more centered or a bit to the left, you might have been able to get more of the left woman's face which I would have liked to have seen.   Posted: 04/13/2021 13:45:23

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
It appears to me that these two are friends meeting in a safe manner outdoors for a conversation during this pandemic. It has been a long time since I have had friends inside my home, but do meet them often masked and outdoors for walks, talks, and other activities. So, I can relate to what is happening here. This is an image of our times. With faces covered by masks, it is hard to see expressions; in this image you have captured the interconnectedness of the two women through hand gesture and eye contact.

I noticed you cropped to a wider aspect ratio than what would come out of your camera, putting the subjects to the right. I think that it gives the image a little unbalanced feel, but I think that is appropriate for the times, I like it, life feels a little unbalanced to me.

I don't mind the slight hand blur from the slower shutter speed. For me it gives the image a little more dynamic. One nit, the focus appears to be behind the main figures, on the background leaving you main subject slightly your of focus.. Perhaps that is part of the feeling.   Posted: 04/15/2021 17:29:16


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