Jack Florence Jr  

Bicycles along the River by Jack Florence Jr

May 2023 - Bicycles along the River

May 2023 - Jack Florence Jr


About the Image(s)

This is from a recent trip to Vietnam. I liked the placement of the bicycles, and the tree reflections along the river. I cropped out the street to the right, thoughts on that? I increased the contrast on the river a lot to bring out some black. Should I take it further?

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12 comments posted

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Both the original and the cropped version have good compositions and are telling a story about the place. I like the bikes in the foreground. Yes, the picture is a bit flat and can get a little pop.
  Posted: 05/04/2023 14:34:25

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Jack
I too like the bikes in the foreground and am happy the composition. Also, I don't mind the soft nature of the image which suits the picture. I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 05/05/2023 00:18:10

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Jack,

You know me...needs a little 'bump' in the contrast and the blacks, but I stayed with a bit of toning. The bikes are way too close to the borders for my taste...respecting why you did it to eliminate the curbing. I've added some 'bottom' and allowed in a tad of the curb/road on the right. Also straightened this as the horizon line was tilting a bit. This tells a wonderful story. See if you like my rendition.   Posted: 05/05/2023 18:04:53
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks Gary for picking up on those little things, the horizon, and of course the bikes are too close to the border, missed that! As for contrast I still think I'd lean towards softer on this one but I appreciate your edit!   Posted: 05/08/2023 06:47:05

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Jack,
It's a very simple capture with a powerful foreground. I really do like the toning. It feels a little tight around the bikes. You seemed to have managed to add to the canvas at the bottom, but I think you could leave in more of the street on the right. I would have cloned out the bothersome people near the top to allow for the space, even though I know tht is not your thing.
  Posted: 05/07/2023 11:27:37
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks Melanie, yes I think I will redo the crop to allow more room on the right.   Posted: 05/08/2023 06:48:10

Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Jack, like the simple but engaging story the photo convey. I thought the crop on the right side is too close to the bike tyre and I made few adjustment in LR. Love to hear your comments.   Posted: 05/07/2023 12:58:04
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks for visiting out group Debashish. Based on yours and the others comments I was going to try a crop just like yours, I like it!   Posted: 05/08/2023 06:50:12

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Bicycles are one of my favorite subjects when traveling. I'm always looking for images where they can be a main focus point. I love this image, but I think I agree that your crop is a bit too much aggressive and crowds the bikes on the right.   Posted: 05/07/2023 15:28:05
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks Henry, for some reason while others were shooting people, I was gravitating towards bicycles! I agree with you on that.   Posted: 05/08/2023 06:51:41

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Jack, bicycles, 2 bicycles near a placid canal is a story, not just another IR image. Both elicit feelings of peace and do so quietly. While I agree that the crop was necessary, it may have been too tight.

Thanks for sharing. It is an image that invites you to linger on it.   Posted: 05/08/2023 21:02:46

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I agree with the feedback that precedes me so you have some good input to consider from our great talent pool.

Going with Gary's rendition at the moment.


Emil   Posted: 05/12/2023 13:20:26