R Gary Butler, QPSA  

Senior Yoga by R Gary Butler, QPSA

July 2024 - Senior Yoga

July 2024 - R Gary Butler, QPSA


About the Image(s)

I was lifting weights last week in the glass-enclosed upper level of the local gym. I looked down and saw this senior's class doing what I could only guess to be "Senior's Yoga." I grabbed my iPhone 15 pro and took this image.

The camera on my phone chose a 13mm f2.2 setting at ISO 125 and 1/100 second to capture a 12MP image. I did some basic LR adjustments including white and black point and contrast. I felt that cropping out some empty chairs at the bottom might help focus the eye better on the participants and their wide range of colors.

10 comments posted

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Gary, indeed a busy class with a large group of people. You created the image at one peak of action where all the participants have a ball up with the right arm and in synchrony. Your vantage point gave you the opportunity to accomplish this which otherwise could not be obtained at ground level.   Posted: 07/02/2024 11:33:58

R Gary Butler   R Gary Butler
Thanks Isaac. Do you think this qualifies as PJ?   Posted: 07/02/2024 11:50:23
Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Probably not since everything is so far and little that detail is missing.   Posted: 07/04/2024 18:35:20

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Our iPhones have become an extension of our creativity and photography along with the ability to process our photos instantly. I like what you have done with this image except for the cropped bottom. My eye was drawn to the group leader in the foreground but the cropped version created mergers. Would you consider using the Remove Tool to enhance the image? Is it PJ?   Posted: 07/05/2024 07:43:04

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Nice shot, Gary. It shows a big class and after a little study it is amusing to see how some have right leg back while others are left leg back. Also, some have the back leg straight while others have the knee on the floor. All but two have raised their right hands with the ball. Regarding cropping, I much prefer the original uncropped version.   Posted: 07/08/2024 08:18:40
R Gary Butler   R Gary Butler
Very interesting observations Guy. I will have to take a much closer look.   Posted: 07/08/2024 08:39:36

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Gary
Your mention of lifting weights and looking at the activity is not my favourite topic at the moment as this is my second week off work as I received a back injury at work and I am still a bit tender.
I love patterns in pictures and that is what I see a pattern,a whole spectrum of colours the lines are not uniform which for me adds to it the empty chairs break the patterns but add to the overall effect,very few would have spotted this opportunity you did and made the most of it,it so works for me.   Posted: 07/09/2024 06:51:44
R Gary Butler   R Gary Butler
Ian, sorry to hear about your back. That can be among the hardest problems to deal with so I hope you're healing quickly.

I go to the YMCA frequently to lift weights so I may try to time it again with that class. I think it might be interesting to get one with no empty seats if I can. Take care.   Posted: 07/09/2024 08:31:10

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
It's called Chair Yoga where I live and believe it or not it can be taxiing. I like the colors and the patterns the people are making. Maybe get rid of the cut off people and chairs at the bottom. Being a senior class, one has to take into account joint replacements which may account for some with different leg positions.   Posted: 07/11/2024 18:39:13
R Gary Butler   R Gary Butler
Vella, that was a very good and useful explanation. Thanks for explaining to me exactly what they're doing. With the joint replacement information I have a better appreciation for what they are going through. Thanks so much!   Posted: 07/11/2024 19:25:47


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