Helen Sweet  

Ally Dancing in the Spot Light by Helen Sweet

January 2022 - Ally Dancing in the Spot Light

About the Image(s)

Our club had a field trip a month ago. After a lot of much needed rain, all was green and fresh. As Ally and I walked and I saw her shadow on a large oak, I asked her to stop. She posed. I later noticed the “spotlight”shape on the tree. Its prominence in the scene reminded me of Judy Dater’s "Imogen and Twinka at Yosemite.” But Ally seemed clothed in a way that looked like a previous era, hence the yellowed NIK tone. Sony 6300,18-200 mm lens at 65mm, 1/800 sec, f/10. (I have no idea why I was shooting at ISO 1000.)

8 comments posted

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
We seem to have some creative people in the group this month. Another interesting shot. It seems there was a lot of dark things in this shot, so if you were in Auto ISO that might be where you ended up at ISO 1000, but I don't think it hurt anything. Modern cameras handle it well. I think the tone in the shot was a good idea. It worked.   Posted: 01/07/2022 21:43:01
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you, Stan.
  Posted: 01/08/2022 17:22:15

Don York   Don York
A most interesting image. I might darken the area to the left top 2/3, adjacent to the oak tree to make the subject on the tree stand out even more.   Posted: 01/08/2022 12:36:16
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Good suggestion, Don. I could darken both sides. On the left, about half of that space is limb. The top is overhanging leaves, hard to differentiate in the mono, which I would darken.   Posted: 01/08/2022 17:30:01

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
Nice capture of the graceful shadow on the tree. The shadow echos an ancient form that could come from a Greek urn. The scale of the tree and shadow work well together. Nicely done.   Posted: 01/12/2022 01:13:30

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Great idea, well done.

I'd agree that it all should be darkened except the main tree trunk to emphasise that tree and the shadow.

The devil's in the detail, and for me the hump on the shadow on the left side is distracting, and the shadow above reminds me of a spider - Little Miss Muffet? I'd also lighten the triangle, bottom left of the tree, if you can, to continue the shadow line down from the right.

  Posted: 01/12/2022 03:42:17

John Roach   John Roach
Helen, I like the image. It seems vintage and even perhaps 20s or 30s silhouette in style. I agree with a little more vignette to pull the viewers eye to the subject. Nicely done!   Posted: 01/12/2022 10:14:40

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Well done! It's a memorable image and story.   Posted: 01/14/2022 03:12:33


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