Kaylyn Franks  

Spey Chics on a CAT by Kaylyn Franks

November 2021 - Spey Chics on a CAT

November 2021 - Kaylyn Franks


About the Image(s)

Spey Chics on a CAT was taken with my Canon 60D, EF 18-200 lens, sitting on a rock, ISO 100, 40mm, f4.5, 1/60 sec, 10 sec timer. I did basic edits in LR, then in PS I added canvas to the right side, used Content Fill Aware, cloned out repetitive sections, selected the sky and used Curves to enhance, reversed the mask and brightened up the rest of the image, finished in Topaz DeNoise.

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

John Kelly   John Kelly
(Group 88)
I was going thru this month's photos and yours caught my eye.
However, more important than the photo is your great advice.
I especially always remember that another photographer once told me "always look behind you". I have found that one of the best pieces of advice I ever received. Take care and keep on clicking that shutter.   Posted: 11/02/2021 10:32:43

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Kaylyn, good job of bringing out this image. I think that the Spey Chics need a little more life pumped up into the scene. (a bit of brightness & contrast, also Image >Adjustment >Hue/Saturation >Saturation) and I know the pipes are there, but they take my eye out of the scene. They should be able to be cloned out. I also cropped a bit from the bottom. What do you think?   Posted: 11/06/2021 14:49:51
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Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I tend to be a little heavy handed with the contrast and saturation sliders, but now I look at my image on this page and definitely needed some pop. You handled it very well.   Posted: 11/27/2021 08:56:12

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I agree with Joe on the "life". It does seem a little bland. I do like the way you have depicted the scene. I'm going to agree and disagree about the pipes. I agree that they take the eye out of the scene and perhaps a stroke on the image would contain that. I disagree as I think it's part of the story. Without them I just see 4 women on a CAT.
I'm seeing some haloing around the women - especially the one on the left. I like the muted tone of the background in the original and would like to see the final a little darker.
Overall it shows you can take an image that would probably be a toss and make it into a nice image. Good work.   Posted: 11/06/2021 15:40:12
Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
PS: What are Spey Chics?   Posted: 11/06/2021 15:41:06

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I like what Joe has done to your image. It is a little washed out and needs some "pop", and removal of the pipes helps focus attention on the women. So you are the one driving the Cat I assume. And does Spey Chics refer to fly fishing??
  Posted: 11/08/2021 16:10:45
Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
Yes, I am driving and Spey Casting is a fly fishing technique used with a double handed fly rod.   Posted: 11/27/2021 08:54:47

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I think this is a great portrait shot of the women. There is a halo around the woman on the left. I'm with Marti -- the pipes are part of the story and environment. Looks like this should appear in a magazine ad for something somewhere.   Posted: 11/10/2021 20:10:36

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
(Groups 46 & 48)
Kaylyn, your original image has the four women smiling, happy and thrilled to be there. The dozer is amazing and location super. However everything Joseph Zaia did really makes it POP. I know it is a posed shot but excellent eye in doing so. Tack sharp. Love it!!!   Posted: 11/11/2021 07:37:17
Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
Thanks for stopping by and offering feedback! I agree Joe really brought it to life.   Posted: 11/27/2021 08:57:32

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
First and foremost, this is an excellent 'rescue' of an image with almost no detail in the shadows, and it's great to see how you were able to bring those details out. The pipes, for me, are not a great problem. As others have mentioned, adding some contrast and a wee bit of saturation to the subjects helps, but at the same time perhaps darkening the sky somewhat would also help. Fun image, well done!
Also, unless these women have a practice in an animal clinic, everybody seems to want to know what a 'spey chic' is .... yeah, I know, wrong spelling, but ....   Posted: 11/12/2021 08:37:47

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
A very enjoyable photograph to view. You did a great job bringing out the image details from the original. I think a bit more saturation overall would help highlight both the dozer and the participants. A good capture.   Posted: 11/12/2021 10:15:06

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
Awesome feedback!!! This was captured on a women's guided fly fishing steelhead trip on the John Day River in Oregon. Spey Casting is a type of cast using a double handled rod which is much longer, offering the ability to cast long distances on big rivers where steelhead tend to migrate. We had worked hard that day and were in a tired silly mood when we found this old CAT. Chics…just us girls!   Posted: 11/27/2021 09:05:07