Randolph Shine  


SHUCKING PIGEON PEAS by Randolph Shine

June 2021 - SHUCKING PIGEON PEAS

About the Image(s)

We were visiting our friends in Nassau Bahamas when Marianne got the duty of shucking the pigeon peas for dinner. Pigeon Peas and rice is like a national dish and is served at most meals. We lived in Freeport Bahamas for 10 years and love the local food.

1/60, ISO 400, f 4.0, 20mm using a Tamron 18-270mm lens on a Canon 70D.


7 comments posted




Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Randolph, I think you were on the right track. Really cool to document a regional culinary tradition, but I find the original image a little too busy. I always struggle with how much context to include and my bias leans to "less is more". Try doing a very tight crop to just include the your wife's hands shelling the peas. I think it is more compelling.   Posted: 06/07/2021 23:16:07
Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
I cropped it as suggested and added a little vignetting.
It does focus the subject to the shucking peas.   Posted: 06/15/2021 09:37:51
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Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
The image makes me guess that you and your wife were visiting your friends during Christmas time: Marianne's T-shirt has the graphic Christmas tree design and the decorative sofa pillow on the left has the holiday theme color.
The image shows the intensive work of shucking pigeon peas, and the faceless shot draws viewers' eyes to the job. I agree with Michael that a tighter crop might help focus more on the work Marianne is doing. The wine glass on the bottom left makes me wonder whether the dinner was over? If so, did Marianne prepare the food for next day's meal?   Posted: 06/07/2021 23:56:21



Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Randolph, I really like the colors and the subject of this photo. I agree with Michael and Kieu-Hanh to try a tighter crop to focus on the shucking of the peas. Very sharp photo. Did you use a tripod to shoot this at 1/60?   Posted: 06/11/2021 13:21:52



Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Great image. Randolph's crop only improves the finished project.   Posted: 06/17/2021 05:36:53



Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Randolph, I agree that the more closely cropped image that Michael suggested helps me focus on the process of shelling the peas. The colors of red and blue in the clothing make a pleasing contrast to the green of the peas. The angle of the legs and circles of the basket and bags add to the composition. Interesting journalistic photo.   Posted: 06/19/2021 07:39:24



LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Randy,

Marianne had a sizeable job to shuck those pigeon peas; the basket is pretty full. I like the story your photo is telling. As Kieu-Hanh pointed out, it must be the Christmas season. Then Michael's comment about a busy scene is also something to consider in post-production. Lastly, I agree on a new crop; this is just the ticket to enhancing this image.

In my sample edit, I also chose to lower the brightness of the highlight. It looks like you use an on-camera flash and the light was a bit bright. My crop is a bit different. I kept the wine glass in the photo because I see it adding to the story; this is a Christmas celebration and a perfect time for a glass of wine as well.

The Lightroom edits I used were contrast +14, highlights -100, whites -99. The crop was a 5x7 aspect ratio chosen in the Crop & Straighten box at the top of the Develop Module.

Thanks for sharing this special celebration with the group, Randy!
  Posted: 06/19/2021 15:25:25
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