Fran Yates  

Untitled by Fran Yates

November 2023 - Untitled

November 2023 - Fran Yates


About the Image(s)

I took this photo in 2018 on a sheep farm in Monument Valley. The baby was less than an hour old and barely clean. I have always loved the captured moment, but wanted to revisit the photograph, now that I know something more about tones and photoshop.

First, I was able to clean up the foreground with Generative Fill.
I adjusted the shadows and tones on the back wall, selected the subject and blurred the background. I added a vignette.

I converted it to Black and White in Silver Efexpro, but preferred the Sepia Tones.

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

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Fran, this is really an outstanding image. Your editing and tonality works. I would not change anything. Frame this image and share with others. Your choice of Sepia tones really works well. I love this image! Jerry   Posted: 11/07/2023 10:33:45
Fran Yates   Fran Yates
Thank you so much, Jerry. This photo shows me how much I have learned in tonality.   Posted: 11/15/2023 12:19:55

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Just a great moment of life for a great image. On the right time, at the right place (with your camera...). Job really well done.
I like the eyes (clean and visible), and the fur.
The B&W (sepia) works well (there are no color). Good editing.
  Posted: 11/10/2023 00:49:44
Fran Yates   Fran Yates
Thank you, Vincent.   Posted: 11/15/2023 12:20:19

Ken Wilkes   Ken Wilkes
What a great photo, Fran! Technically solid, wonderful tones and detail. Sepia works well. An excellent story telling element here. I see nothing to offer to improve this image.   Posted: 11/12/2023 10:57:00
Fran Yates   Fran Yates
Thank you, Ken. I appreciate your comments.   Posted: 11/15/2023 12:21:04

Kathryn Delany
Fran the sepia conversion is a good choice. Removing the salt like too has been so well done. Overall great tonal range. Maybe a slight brightening on the face of the mamma sheep and the baby. If you look at the colour version there is far more tonal range that draws the eye to the faces of the sheep. In the mono version you seem to have lost that range.   Posted: 11/12/2023 19:06:17
Fran Yates   Fran Yates
I see what you are saying, but when I lightened it, the highlights became blown.
  Posted: 11/15/2023 12:18:55

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
Your Photoshop work is well done on this and I am not a great lover of sepia but this works.
This is a wonderful image of a moment of time. Think this would do well on the circuit. Well done.   Posted: 11/14/2023 07:01:45
Fran Yates   Fran Yates
Thanks for your input, Paul.   Posted: 11/15/2023 12:21:29

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Great shot and processing on this. I like the sepia tone, it gives it a warmth that straight B&W would not do. The subjects are tack sharp and their interaction together or lack by the mother is exceptional. The work on the background makes the subjects stand out stronger. A winner.

Could swear I have seen these or similar before.   Posted: 11/15/2023 14:22:03
Fran Yates   Fran Yates
Thanks, Dave. I submitted it to ACCC several years ago, It didn't do well. I have always loved this photo and with my new understanding of monochrome, decided to try it again. When I joined the Group I sent it to you and asked for your input as to why it didn't do well. I held it for 18 months and just reprocessed.   Posted: 11/15/2023 14:25:11