Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA  

Curious by Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA

May 2022 - Curious

May 2022 - Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

A 'grab' shot of the little girl thru the Waterfall, located at the entrance of the Victorian National Gallery. Her curious look prompted me to take this picture ... hence the title. I don't mind her being positioned in the middle of the frame. By the same token, I wanted to create a bit of drama drama. Would welcome your comments!

Workflow: Converted RAW file to B&W using Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2 "Fine Art Process" Preset. After cropping I brought out some details in the face. Adjusted contrast using Curves. Finally darkened corners and the sides with the aid of Graduated Filter from Lightroom. That's it!

11 comments posted

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi Palli. I really like this story-telling, yet abstract, picture. Your timing was perfect and the centered composition works. The picture is not static at all. You got her action and expression. Post processing brought out the details in the dark areas, without over exposing the highlights. I may use Viveza to lighten up her face, just a tad. The people in the background add to the scene and make the picture even more dynamic. Nicely done.   Posted: 05/01/2022 06:14:41
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks for the suggestion, Arik. I did lighten the girl's face but was afraid to push my luck further! Anyway I'll try using Viveza as suggested.   Posted: 05/01/2022 06:23:05

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
This is wonderful, Palli. I love how the abstraction of the water creates an almost haunting portrait of the little girl. Normally I don't like such heavy vignetting, but it's just right in this image.   Posted: 05/01/2022 10:32:27
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks Henry   Posted: 05/01/2022 23:34:23

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Very creative, Palli! With this effect, we can see the other people in the scene, but they don't interfere with the little girl. I also like the way the vignette works here, and you've done a great job correcting the exposure.   Posted: 05/02/2022 11:19:03
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks Jack   Posted: 05/03/2022 01:26:27

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Greetings, Palli...My thoughts resonate with yours on the 'grab shot' you have made of this little girl. The idea is really superb. My struggle with the image, even given the moving water of the waterfall, is the prime focus on the girl's face. The attached version added a dash of sharpness to the face and upper torso...very subtle I know, but look at the eyes for comparison. Let me know what you think. The ability to see and capture this 'decisive moment' as Cartier-Bresson would call it is wonderful.   Posted: 05/03/2022 10:08:20
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Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks Gary, for your edited version. It has certainly made a difference to the eyes. Always something more to do!   Posted: 05/04/2022 06:43:28

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Palli,
This really is fine art. The background figures create a lovely design while framing the little girl. She is properly placed with a great expression. I do agree that her face and top should be lightened.   Posted: 05/08/2022 15:57:57

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Kudos to you for having the presence of mind to take this shot. It is fine art.

With the curious little girl being the center of attention, a little more processing of her face would be impactful.

I apologize for my late comments

Emil   Posted: 05/16/2022 12:31:01
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks for your comments, Emil.   Posted: 05/16/2022 23:56:49


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