Karen Botvin  

Watchers Snapping by Karen Botvin

July 2021 - Watchers Snapping

July 2021 - Karen Botvin


About the Image(s)

This image was taken at our local zoo. It’s not an award winning photo, but I found it interesting and storytelling of the folks lined up looking up at the birds while the birds were lined up looking back at the folks! I would put this in the category of street photographing which actually fascinates me and wish I did more. As for the specifics of the image, it was taken with my Nikon Z7 mirrorless with a 24-200mm lens at 66mm. The fstop was 7.1 at 1/320 sec and ISO of 100. The original photo appeared too saturated to me. I converted it to B&W but didn’t have enough separation and it seemed to lose too many details. I then just desaturated the image a bit in PS and the seemed to work more to my liking. I also added a slight vignette in Lightroom. Your comments and feedback are always welcome, especially tips on how this could have been composed or edited differently.

6 comments posted

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Hey, Karen. This is a fun capture. You immediately get the sense of humor behind the photo. I think I would crop it in fairly tight to just the people and the birds. I would definitely crop the bottom up to the top rail. On the right of the picture I am not sure if you might like to crop all the way in to the person or leave it a bit more open because the second bird on the right is pretty awesome - full front to the camera! Glad you left it in color. I think there are too many mid-tones to make B&W interesting. Nicely done! Go back to the zoo and see what else might be lurking there!   Posted: 07/02/2021 10:30:17
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks so much for your comments, Jaqueline! I will play around with the crop. I don't want to come up from the bottom too much, because I do like the feel of an onlooker (me) capturing the folks looking up while the birds are looking down. I'm afraid another trip to the zoo will have to wait a few months. The heat & humidity is dreadful here and probably will be into Sept.   Posted: 07/02/2021 10:54:14

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
To me, Karen, this has so much humor. If you were into creativity, you could add a few cameras around the birds necks! Besides the humor, what impresses me are the colors of the shirts that pop so well against the rocks. I like the curve of the railing and the separation of the two groups of people. I love this!   Posted: 07/02/2021 16:06:04

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thank you, Shirley! I like the idea of cameras around the birds neck. Lol! Yes, when I turned around and saw them all lined up, I just knew I had to capture it. I'm glad you like it as well. I'll have to think about how to make it more cartoonish!   Posted: 07/02/2021 16:45:03

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
For me this is a great example of street photography. Have you considered joining a street photography group? I joined group 80 and find myself looking for every opportunity to shoot. Just wish that my senility would take a break so that I wouldn't forget the camera every time I get into the car.

Well done image and I love the idea of arming the birds with cameras..   Posted: 07/03/2021 15:37:08

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Great story, and well-composed and handled in post. The darker shadows on the right tend to disturb the symmetry so I would use a brush to decrease the shadows with the CR filter. But cropping according according to Jacqueline's suggestion could also be good, however I like the panoramic effect.   Posted: 07/04/2021 19:12:03


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