Georgios Kazazis  

Young Nun by Georgios Kazazis

March 2020 - Young Nun

About the Image(s)

Camera settings: NIKON D80 F:5,6 1/125 ISO:500 at 75mm

Captured June 2016:
An original moment of my vacation in a small but beautiful Greek island, named Sikinos. Going towards to the only island's Monastery when I saw her. A very beautiful in heart, soul and appearance young nun, the only one of the Monastery. The picture was shot little before getting to know her. It is one of my beloved ones ever.

9 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Good day, Georgios.

My first reaction to this composition is positive towards the architectural simplicity: the overcast sky helped me to focus on the Missions beauty. The foreground appears to be in focus and obviously gives the viewer a sense of space or location.

However, for me, the Nun does not evoke or emanate an emotional vibe: In my "read", the Nun seems very alert in how she is descending the steps very carefully, similarly to how or anyone else would descend a path of stone and possible uneven ground.

However, the "Whole" composition is a well executed Artistic record of the Mission Church: the perspective is engaging and again, I especially enjoy the White Walls against the White Sky.   Posted: 03/21/2020 07:30:59
Georgios Kazazis   Georgios Kazazis
Hi Lance,
thank you very much for your comment!It helped me to see my picture more widely and i definitely agree with you!   Posted: 03/21/2020 09:16:24

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Welcome to our group.

Your title indicates the nun is the focal point. However, when I look at this image, the white in the sky and building completely draw my attention, not the nun. A tighter and different crop might draw more attention to the nun.

JPS   Posted: 03/21/2020 22:10:54
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
However, a tighter crop will diminish the sense of "Place". If the Nun had been in some other position or mood - perhaps cutting away more of the Mission Church may have been OK.I do not feel the Nun carries enough weight (or appeal) to carry the scene, in my opinion.

  Posted: 03/22/2020 06:05:35

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi
Georgios and Lance

I recognize that I should not reedit the image. However, I have suggested some edits which for me help focus my attention on the nun.

I apologize. I have been doing light painting for the past two months and now into the Greg Benz dodge and burn course so that when I look at images, I now ask myself "Where is the light? How can I use the light and dodging and burning to tell the story?".

For me to focus on the nun, I did a quick selection on the sky, filled the selection with black, and dialed down the opacity. Then I took the image into Nik Color Effex, and used the pro contrast filter to bump up the contrast overall. Back in PS, I drew a lasso around the woman that also lightened the area where she would be walking. Then using a dodge and burn layer, I dodged the stairs and also the rocks where she would walk. Because the sun was coming from behind her, I dodged the back part of her body to lighten her. With the dodging, I emphasized the relationship between the door, the walking woman, and intention.

My sky selection is poor but illustrates the concept.
  Posted: 03/22/2020 13:50:21
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Georgios Kazazis   Georgios Kazazis
-ello Lance and Judith

Nice to join your team and thank you very much for your comments!
Judith, your crop and image processing gives to my picture a very interesting perspective, i find it great and thank you very much for your time, initiative
and your exact analysis!I agree that with your fresh suggestion the presence of the nun is being emphasised.I also liked your sky selection as an alternative version.   Posted: 03/22/2020 19:30:50
Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Judith, your revision really enhances the image, in my opinion. In my opinion, you do not need to apologize for making a revision, as this is a common practice in other groups. It is always helpful to see the different perspectives of group members, rather than to just read about them. A picture is worth a thousand words!   Posted: 03/23/2020 11:00:22

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Welcome Georgios! Your image this month really evoked a reaction in me of classical isolation. I find it lovely and very appealing.

I like Judith's rendition, as it emphasized the monastery and brought out the nun better, due to similarity in tone. My only suggestion would be to be aware of the placement of the primary subject. If possible, this scene might have had more impact with respect to the nun, if you had taken it from a point to the right of where you took it. That would place the nun at a power point. As it is, she is too close to the center for me.

What a wonderful experience for you! Wish I could see that spot in person! Thanks for sharing this place with us.   Posted: 03/23/2020 10:58:10

Georgios Kazazis   Georgios Kazazis
Hello Georgianne and very nice to meet you and hearing from you!
I really thank you very much not only for your very pertinent comments (also i agree with your answer to Judith's comment) but also for your positive and encouraging words about my picture, which made my day to be honest!!I am so happy and enthusiastic about all this criticism by all of you and this sharing, which is really helpful for me and i really deeply want to thank you!!   Posted: 03/23/2020 12:10:41


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