Yvonne Cary Carter  

Urban Survivor by Yvonne Cary Carter

November 2023 - Urban Survivor

November 2023 - Yvonne Cary Carter


About the Image(s)

Urban Survivor
This is a work in progress but I’ll share. This woman’s eyes and attitude spoke survivor to
me. She may have been homeless. Surprisingly she struck up a detailed conversation
about camera technology. I plan to mask her in photoshop to sharpen her and
experiment with generative fill to remove/replace trash can.
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Lens EF 24-70 f2.8 @ 65mm
Exposure 1/1000 @ f/2.8
ISO 400

This round’s discussion is now closed!
12 comments posted

Douglas Gerdts   Douglas Gerdts
Thank you for including the original. I was drawn to the somewhat carefree expression of the young couple strolling by oblivious to your subject. There's a juxtaposition that I enjoy about the facial expressions and attire. The couple in shorts and exercise clothing while the older woman has on a coat and gloves.   Posted: 11/12/2023 08:52:01
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
Doug, Thank you for your suggestions. Adding the couple would add to the subject's story. The fact that she's dressed in winter attire and the couple in summer suggests she's carry all her possessions.   Posted: 11/16/2023 07:14:11

Sabine Nehls   Sabine Nehls
Yvonne, Thank you for sharing your work in progress. To sharpen her is a good idea to make her personality even more visible. I was immediately captivated by her face, the angular facial features. The black and white conversion is perfect for the image message.
I would give the woman a little more space, crop the image a little less. That would make her even lonelier. But that is my opinion.
I am looking forward to the final result. Please show us.
  Posted: 11/12/2023 12:08:22
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
Sabine, I'll experiment with your suggestions. I like adding more space to give her the feel of loneliness. Thank you.   Posted: 11/16/2023 07:17:56

Jim Overfield   Jim Overfield
Yvonne, along with the comments by Douglas and Sabine, the subjects knowledge of photography, her wardrobe and body language collectively make her an even more interesting person to know. I'm curious to see what her face and coat will look like in your final B&W product when the contrast between light and dark are refined. A very interesting photo.   Posted: 11/13/2023 07:02:42
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
Jim, Sharpening her face and coat is my goal. I'll have to channel some of your photoshop skills :) Thank you for your comments.   Posted: 11/16/2023 07:19:49

Sylvia Williams   Sylvia Williams
Interesting shot. I like that you made the photo black and white, it makes the photo a little more gritty. I hope you share the final version with us.   Posted: 11/13/2023 16:03:41
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
Sylvia, Thank you for your comments. I'm working on the image while learning photoshop with the PSA class. I'll share the final project. Hopefully some of the lessons sunk in :)   Posted: 11/16/2023 07:26:44

Linda Mui   Linda Mui
Your 'Urban Survivor' project is powerful, capturing the resilience in the woman's eyes and attitude. The decision to convert it to black-and-white adds a timeless and poignant quality. It's remarkable how she engaged in a detailed conversation about camera technology, highlighting the unexpected connections we can find. Your planned Photoshop enhancements, particularly sharpening her focus and experimenting with generative fill to address the surroundings, sound like thoughtful steps to refine this compelling narrative. Looking forward to the final result!   Posted: 11/14/2023 16:29:06
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
Linda, Thank you for your comments. Cross your fingers. Photoshop is a big undertaking for me. A lot of patience...   Posted: 11/16/2023 07:29:48

Cindy Brackney   Cindy Brackney
Interesting expression to say the least. My first thought was you shot through a window giving the image a soft texture. I would suggest playing with the crop and removing the trash can also. I love working and re-working images. I hope you share your final work.   Posted: 11/15/2023 15:20:19
Yvonne Cary Carter   Yvonne Cary Carter
Cindy, The window effect may be due to not being in sharp focus. In my PSA class we experimented with generative fill to remove the trash can. Amazing tool! It showed the man in shorts, and placed shopping bags, chairs anything we wanted in the woman's hands. I'll share the final photo. Thank you for your comments.   Posted: 11/16/2023 07:40:23