Chuck Carstensen  

Waiting by Chuck Carstensen

August 2022 - Waiting

About the Image(s)

This man was next to me waiting for a doctor appointment. Captured the nice old guy with my iPhone. Processed in Luminar Neo convert to B&W with a bit of sepia that was pure unintentional chance. Would it be better straight all over sepia tome?

4 comments posted

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Chuck, although I like the soft sepia tones here, I am not sure I would qualify this version as a monochrome (not sure what everyone else would think). That said, I find this a fun environmental portrait. You have managed to bring out such great detail in his clothing and skin, down to the hair on his arm. And I love that you have included the magazine rack, the clock, etc., even the "please take one" sign to provide context. The only thing is I would like to see more of his face (would you have considered asking him to "pose" with his left arm by his face?). Don't we just love our iPhones?   Posted: 08/11/2022 12:08:22
Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Hi, Lorna thanks for the comment. I thought about talking to him for a brief moment and decided not. He wanted to see the VA Doctor more than me. Im wondering the same thing. Does the selected brown tint make this a color shot? More comments please. Truth be told the sepia was a mistake and I decided to leave it in. It is old age setting in. Ha.   Posted: 08/11/2022 14:44:08

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Hi Chuck, I like how you have captured this gentleman waiting to see the doctor. I think his hand on his face only makes it feel as though he is deep in thought or anxious or not wanting to be there. You really captured alot of detail and tell a story here. As far as whether this is monochrome or seems to be a combination so not sure how this would be seen in competition or any other submission with requirements. The genetleman's clothes, the chairs, and some of the background are b&w, yet there is color on his cap bill, skin, floor and chair. Seems to be a creative combination which makes it that much more interesting! I am curious what others think too. Nice image.   Posted: 08/12/2022 18:48:01

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Love this image that tells a story. To me, he looks worried and I hope his Dr. visit went well. The details are handled so well. The mask on his lap let's me know this was taken within the past year or two. As far as monochrome - I don't believe it is because you have slight tones of several colors: yellow, red and flesh tones. It doesn't look sepia to me; just very desaturated color. You can easily turn it into monochrome and it would be worth the effort.   Posted: 08/17/2022 10:30:43


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