Robert Cordivari  

Untitled by Robert Cordivari

May 2022 - Untitled

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This is one of my favorite photos - I think things came together pretty well for a spontaneous shot. I had to work a bit to frame the Pope inside of the box.
Would like to know ways to improve this photo.

Panasonic Lumix 25mm - 400mm fixed lens
ISO 125
206 mm
1/640 sec

6 comments posted

Jeff Manser   Jeff Manser
When I first saw this I thought, "What a great period-capture crowd scene! I wonder what people will think of this shot in 50 years with all those phones and other devices on outstretched arms to capture the action?" I didn't notice the Pope. Maybe a tighter crop starting just to the right of the cameraman would help focus viewers' eyes on the subject. The bright strip of sunlight between the crowd and pillars pulls my eye away from the subject. I tried a generous vignette and thought that helped a bit to keep my eye where it should be in this shot. Also, several pictures in a picture with this shot. A crop of the upper left quarter of just the crowd with all those outstretched arms is fun perspective too.   Posted: 05/11/2022 10:52:36
Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
You've hit on a lot of what I've looked at with this photo. Maybe I should title it The Pope!! :) I too focused on those outstretched arms and wanted them to be more a focal part of the image. The background can be both an asset and a liability - I have to figure that part out. When I played around with cropping, the photographer started to become more prominent than I wanted. I'll play around with it some more - thanks very much for your input.   Posted: 05/11/2022 12:01:38

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Robert! This is another example of your talent to capture these special moments. I love the way you make us see the event through the eyes of the reporter whose line of sight directs to the Pope. The frame works nicely to separate the Pope from the crowd, but I think that lightening his clothing a bit and increasing the contrast locally might help, too? I also like the light tones in the upper part of the image that bring the feeling of the square bathing in sunlight. - I think that you could also make another image with a tighter crop, concentrating on the two main subjects?   Posted: 05/11/2022 14:37:04
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Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
Yes - the tighter crop works also - lots of possibilities - thanks for your feedback!   Posted: 05/20/2022 09:41:05

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I do believe that you have a good story telling image, one that speaks to the popularity of the Pope. Sadly I found him to be rather less than obvious in the image and had I not read your statement, would not have known to look for Him.

Having said that You have done, at least to my eye, a good job at showing both incidence and context in this image, from the Pope, to the crowds trying to get memories of the moment, to the man on the video camera filming the scene. This cannot have been an easy image to get and to process, good catch.

I do like Kristi's crop and might even have cropped it a little tighter in order to bring him out still more - the while versus the more muted colors of the crowd. I might also try dehazing the image a bit to give it more definition - but that is preference on my part. Let me know what you think of the changes.   Posted: 05/20/2022 15:04:54
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Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
You and Kristi have both made good suggestions and improvements to the photo, which is what I was hoping for. Thanks very much for your input.   Posted: 05/22/2022 09:38:09


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