Chuck Carstensen  

Prepping for Paddleboarding by Chuck Carstensen

October 2020 - Prepping for Paddleboarding

About the Image(s)

At the Montrose, Colorado Water Park I found this lady preparing her Paddleboard to go into the Uncompaghre River for a day of water board fun. Made with a Fujifilm XE3, 50mm lens, ISO 4000, 1/3200, f/11. No specific reason for the high ISO just a carryover from last session. I asked permission and she was very cooperative. Her husband was already in the water.

9 comments posted

Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
Excellent capture. I wonder how cold the water is there?! Amazing how much is needed to go out on the water. Nice to be young and full of energy. I love the way you were able to get just enough of the gear to tell the story and the name of the park with her head perfectly centered in the O. Great job Chuck. Even looks like Colorado with the plants over the fence line.
Marianne   Posted: 10/05/2020 09:15:14

Geoff Shaw   Geoff Shaw
Nice summery feel to this. The left one third of the image doesn't add anything to the main story, so I suspect a tighter crop might improve the image.   Posted: 10/05/2020 19:45:40

Albert Lee   Albert Lee
I was looking at the photo two days in a row but I still cant find any fault. Great composition. The winding pathway and the fence in the backgound create leading lines directing the viewer to the subject. Nice exposure. Although the girl was wearing a bright shirt, her face was perfectly exposed revealing her nice smile. I have one question though. Did you ask permission from the subject before or after the shot? I love to take candid shots in the street when I travel. In my experience, asking permission first would normally result in a "posed" shot which I would like to avoid. I normally use a wide angle lens to cover more areas but would have to get really close to the subject. Most countries in Asia and even in Japan, the people generally dont mind if you take photos of them in the street.I would love to hear from other members of the group regarding privacy issues from your country...   Posted: 10/05/2020 22:50:34
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Albert, I also like to take candid images of people. I agree that asking permission results in a posed shot which is generally not what I am after. I don't ask permission before or after, if I am spotted by the person I usually just give them a nod to acknowledge them. If someone questions me then I tell them the image is for my use, that is not commercial. If they ask me to delete the image I will but that has never happened. I've had people say something like, hey let me pose for you, which I do. Sometimes those results are quite good, like the image here. All that being said, it took me a long time to start to take those candid shots.   Posted: 10/06/2020 07:20:06
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Albert Lee   Albert Lee
thanks Lou for the inputs.I usually do the same in most situations.   Posted: 10/08/2020 06:27:45
Jill Edwards   Jill Edwards
It is a tricky issue. I travel quite widely and I love people shots and take a lot, in most countries in Africa, Asia and the islands it is fine but I am more hesitant here in Australia. If it is an event and people are dressed up I would ask permission by a smile and a nod, people tend to look away if they are not happy. If they are extremely interesting looking shots, I ask and as an older woman I think I have more leeway at times. I think phones have made a big difference sometimes it means they don't care anymore and sometimes they are just over it. If international tourists want to take my photo I always co-operate as a goodwill gesture.   Posted: 10/07/2020 21:35:08

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
I really like this image, it tells a story. I think the exposure is right on and the colors are very lively which fits perfect with the subject. I wonder how the image would be if the lens was pointed to the right, cutting out the white sign and showing more of the sports park sign.   Posted: 10/06/2020 07:07:40

Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Great image! I like how the coloring and composition combine. I also like how the background comes out.   Posted: 10/06/2020 07:26:15

Jill Edwards   Jill Edwards
Lovely, happy shot I also think cropping out the sign would add to it.   Posted: 10/07/2020 21:37:38


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