Dorinda Wills, QPSA  

Yakity Yak by Dorinda Wills, QPSA

October 2021 - Yakity Yak

October 2021 - Dorinda Wills, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This was taken at our local Western Washington State Fair. My daughter and I attended on opening day. (It's only less than 2 miles from our house). We took all Covid precautions while there. I did manage a few good photos and this is probably my favorite. I think brother and sister, on this little car ride. I can only imagine what she is saying to him! Taken with 24-70 at 55mm, f22. Took it into PS and Topaz for some adjustments. I have a couple of questions for you to consider: Was I correct in cropping out the purple car or would you leave it? Having cropped it out, should I add more canvas to top and possibly to the sides? Anything else would be appreciated.

13 comments posted

Jody Coker   Jody Coker
What a fun photo :-) I can almost hear her telling him to stop and ask for directions.
IMO you were right, the purple car was too distracting.
Also Matt a little more room at the top for our adventurous couple to move it to would be nice.   Posted: 10/01/2021 13:14:54
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Thanks Jody. Yes, I wish I had contact information for her. A great photo for little brother to share with her when, hands on hips, she says she is NOT bossy!
  Posted: 10/01/2021 16:18:14

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
Yes, it is a wonderful picture. It really resonates and tells a story. The purple car had to go. I'd like it more if there were somewhat better reconstruction of the grassy area in the upper right.   Posted: 10/03/2021 18:22:38
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Thanks Robert. I will work on it.   Posted: 10/04/2021 11:10:42

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Unlike most of my colleagues. I am not big on cropping heavily on photographs, particularly when it robs the picture of context. As it stands, this car could be outside a grocery store. The purple car tells the viewer that it is on a larger plane! The purple car is distracting? Really?
To me, Dorinda's photo tells a great story about the sibling interaction. I wonder if they will remember it years from now!   Posted: 10/05/2021 17:34:53
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
I appreciate your thoughts on this (as I do those of the group). Do I crop it to try to make it look as if they are actually going for a drive or do I leave the rest of the environment (purple car) so you can see it is part of an amusement ride. I'm going to try all the suggestions on this. If I leave the purple care in should I darken or desaturate it? That is the question. :-) (sorry... feeling a little Shakespearian today.)
  Posted: 10/06/2021 11:16:27
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
I'm normally all for leaving as much story as possible in a photo to give context and flavor to the image. But in this case having just half a car didn't feel right. Maybe if all of the car had been in the photo it might be different.   Posted: 10/07/2021 19:16:59

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
fun picture, nothing to add   Posted: 10/06/2021 10:30:28

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
A very good story photo. The top of the girl's head and the grass and back of the car are too bright I would use Viveza 2 by DXO to pinpoint the darkening,
The purple car just draws the eye from the action. What you left tells the whole story. I think she is driving. She is telling her little brother that he almost made her drive off the track   Posted: 10/09/2021 01:08:39

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Nice photo and scene. I agree with cropping out the little purple car. I think it distracts from the overall image. I love the story here as well and how it isn't necessary to get a picture of everyone's face to tell it. She looks like she is having a great time, and I would love to know what she is saying. You cold through this out there and have people caption it!   Posted: 10/11/2021 12:34:17
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
What a great idea! I think I will do that, Jessica.
  Posted: 10/11/2021 15:12:36

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
"WAIT! WAIT UNTIL HE GETS THROUGH THE LIGHT! Then go.   Posted: 10/11/2021 16:31:39

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Youngsters are a great subject to catch off guard. Your close up with no distractions gives my mind freedom to think what is being said. Is the passenger telling a story, telling the driver to slow down etc. Cropping removes some distractions and helps the viewer to focus on two children chattering away in their own world. Thanks for the submission.
  Posted: 10/17/2021 14:15:36


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