Yvonne Cary Carter  

Afro Puff by Yvonne Cary Carter

September 2023 - Afro Puff

September 2023 - Yvonne Cary Carter


About the Image(s)

I was visiting my home in New York City last month. As a native New Yorker I just discovered the Chelsea wholesale flower district. There are flowers everywhere covering entire city streets, leaving only a walking pathway, in front of floral shops. Aromatic floral scents throughout the air. Quite a surprise! Chelsea is largely known for its shopping and art galleries. The world famous B & H camera shop is also near by.

This image is of a young lady inside a flower shop. It caught my eye because her
afro was the same color and shape of some of the flowers. To bring out the colors and detail I used basic Lightroom edits of adjusting sliders for tone, slight increase in clarity & dehaze and adjusted color sliders. I also added a mask for her hair to increase definition without defining the flowers. For some reason my imaging were bluish???? I tried to adjust ISO and WB but it didn’t work so I corrected it in post editing with the temperature slider. I no doubt spent too much time on this block!! Sadly hotels are sprouting up slowly replacing the flower district.

Camera Canon EOS 6D
Lens EF 24-70 f2.8 @ 24mm
Exposure 1/40 at f/5.0
ISO 500

17 comments posted

Jim Overfield   Jim Overfield
Yvonne, I really had to chuckle when first looking at this image. As you said, the similarity between the shapes and colors of the background flower blossoms to the woman's hair makes for a great interesting shot. Adjustments made in post processing compared to the original are done well too.   Posted: 09/10/2023 07:49:09
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
Thank you.   Posted: 09/12/2023 14:52:56

Sylvia Williams   Sylvia Williams
I love the colors in this photo! While I understand why you cropped like you did, it looks like she is walking out of the photo, I think if she had been more to the right of the photo walking into the shot it would be better.   Posted: 09/13/2023 11:34:07
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
You're right! I gotta figure out how to vertically flip just the subject. Thank you .   Posted: 09/13/2023 11:52:42
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
You're right! I gotta figure out how to vertically flip just the subject. Thank you .   Posted: 09/13/2023 14:13:41

Cindy Brackney   Cindy Brackney
I like the crop with the subject being to the left and her being a little soft, it gives the allusion of the lady being in a hurry (In my mind). I love the colorful flowers, nice and sharp. Very nice.   Posted: 09/17/2023 10:40:34
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
Interesting take of her walking out of the photo. Thank you.   Posted: 09/18/2023 08:16:26

Douglas Gerdts   Douglas Gerdts
Gorgeous photo! I love that her mouth is open - either talking, singing, or ready to take a bite out of the bloom in front of her! I'm in NYC as I write this and will be down at Chelsea tomorrow morning - I might look for the flower shop!   Posted: 09/19/2023 10:28:46
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
LOL...Love your comments. You'll get some fun photos. The merchants start putting out flowers at 6a.m. Enjoy!   Posted: 09/19/2023 16:28:27

Sabine Nehls   Sabine Nehls
Yvonne, everything is already said. It`s a fantastic street shot! The image detail is well chosen,
it shows exactly the funny moment.
  Posted: 09/20/2023 09:38:34
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
Thank you.   Posted: 09/20/2023 13:18:42

Sabine Nehls   Sabine Nehls
This is just a suggestion. I hope it's ok for you.
I increased the midtones just a little bit and filled in the upper left corner.
  Posted: 09/20/2023 09:43:35
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Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
I welcome all suggestions. The dialogues are a valuable learning tool...allowing you to view your images through others...fresh eyes and different perspectives.

I downloaded your edits to compare images side by side. The midtones add a brightness to the photo . And I didn't even notice the corner. BTY, how exactly did you increase the midtones. Thank you again for your comments.   Posted: 09/20/2023 13:17:20

Linda Mui   Linda Mui
Hi Yvonne, Your vivid description of your visit to the Chelsea flower district in New York City is truly enchanting. The image you paint of streets blanketed in flowers and the delicate scent of blooms in the air is beautifully captured. Your photograph featuring the young lady with an afro that perfectly matches the surrounding flowers is an exquisite discovery. Your adept use of Lightroom has skillfully enhanced the colors and details, showcasing your editing finesse. Personally, I tend to favor compositions where the subject occupies about one-third of the frame, leaving the remaining two-thirds for the background. Nonetheless, your image is a testament to the district's enduring beauty, and it evokes fond memories of my own visits to Chelsea!   Posted: 09/20/2023 15:20:16
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
One third of the frame is interesting? Hearing different comments on member photos opens your eyes to other options. Also, I hear hotels are slowly taking over the flower district. Soon to become "hotel row." Thank you for your comments.   Posted: 09/20/2023 15:28:44
Linda Mui   Linda Mui
I definitely missed NYC because of the pandemic. I love street photography especially in New York City!!   Posted: 09/20/2023 21:53:10

Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
Linda, I agree. You and your camera are always in for a treat walking on NYC streets.   Posted: 09/21/2023 06:21:11


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