Kirsti Näntö-Salonen  

Man and Wife by Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

July 2021 - Man and Wife

About the Image(s)

Here is ”Man and Wife”. Our camera club has a joint project with a local amateur theater group to illustrate life in a village through the last two centuries. This was taken on the stairs of a cottage in an open-air museum with sunlight coming from the right and most of the area in shade. I hoped to show the easy self-assurance of a farmer standing comfortably in his own yard, and the bond between the man and wife. Fuji X-T2, handheld. Zoom 18-55 mm, F 55 mm, f/10, 1/60 s, ISO 200, AE. Developed in Capture One, some adjustments in Luminar 4, and a vignette. How do you like the crop - I started to remove non-essential elements around the basic composition, and it got tighter and tighter.

11 comments posted

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Beautifully made. I really like the pyramidal composition and the stuinning quality of the photograph==-sharpness and tonal balance, Unfortunately the wo man did not engage with you or with her husband   Posted: 07/12/2021 20:33:42

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Albert! I can see it now: I was fooled by the fact that I knew that they are a most happily married couple in real life. The image tells a different story: the wife is a maybe slightly oppressed background figure who is fussing over something, wishing to please her master. So, there is actually a different story?   Posted: 07/15/2021 03:16:22

Colin Bradshaw   Colin Bradshaw
Hi Kirsti, I think I would tone down the woman's top and clone out the detail in her hat as this makes the pic look blurred and it is the 1st thing I see, I would also use some doge and burb to emphasise the lines in the mans face also tone down his ear. Make the pic more about him.   Posted: 07/15/2021 04:27:10
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Colin! I think that it was the unlucky woven pattern that behaved especially annoyingly. I ended up taking the cloning material from the skirt. I think this was a clear improvement, and also fits the revised story...   Posted: 07/15/2021 10:23:52
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Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
You have a wonderful portrait of the man. He is a great subject and seems to be really engaged with you. I like the cloning you did on the lady's headpiece. Also I like the fact that she is looking down as it might be confusing to me, the viewer, if she was engaging as well.   Posted: 07/18/2021 15:11:53
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thank you, Jen! I am getting very fond of the new angle of the story where her down-turned eyes and posture play a big role.   Posted: 07/18/2021 23:36:50

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
A very nice, to my eye, double portrait that tells me a story of relationship between the man and his wife. This was a great catch - a moment in time. Of the two versions I must confess that I like the original better. It gives me more detail of the context of the portrait. In addition the lack of the pattern in her head scarf does not help or improve (to my eye) the image. I did like seeing the pattern in the original - a "folksy" look missing (to me) in the second version. I know the white in the pattern is bright, but to my view does not take away from either of the people in the image.

I like this a lot and am grateful you shared it with us Kristi. Thank you.   Posted: 07/18/2021 21:40:37
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Ed! You are right: the original scarf indeed was a period piece. I wish there were a way to diminish the migraine-generating effect of the slightly blurred weave.   Posted: 07/18/2021 23:47:52

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
This is an interesting (and unusual composition). I think the man is the core subject of interest. You have captured him well, but do wonder if more texture/contrast around his eyes would add to his character.
The lady is an important secondary role, but the headwear isn't to me right in either version. Main one is saying 'look at me', while the 2nd one adds to the dark tones too much.

Do you need all the space above her head? Are you able to make her scarf and skirt a lighter shade, still enough to contrast with the man, but not the darkest part of the image?   Posted: 07/19/2021 16:14:04
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Sound good, I will work on that!   Posted: 07/20/2021 00:57:45
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Sound good, I will work on that!   Posted: 07/20/2021 00:57:45


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