Ata Kemal Sahin  


Questioning behind the mask by Ata Kemal Sahin

November 2021 - Questioning behind the mask

November 2021 - Ata Kemal Sahin

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Antalya is the most popular city on Turkish Riviera and we’ve lived there for 5 years before. Now we’re living in Istanbul; but we continue to visit Antalya several times a year except hottest months Jul-Aug. I took this pic during our last trip to Antalya on Konyaalti Drive which is one of the most famous in Europe and known for its 4 miles pebble beach and turquoise waters. Tourists and locals like to walk, run and ride a bike in the morning.

I used PS to edit, crop and convert to grayscale.

Exif: f2,2 ISO100 1/2000” 50mm


14 comments posted




Don Hill   Don Hill
Cool image. Everyday when I am wearing a mask in public I try to make my emotions more obvious but it is very hard. So is she smiling, or mad. With the sunglasses, you can't even get any help from the eyes. Very indicative of the times. Without the mask everything would be different. I am glad you took out the background stuff that was distracting (looks like a crop not a clone). Great depth of field and good exposure. I did not feel the legs added or took away from the image, so, I like what you did. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/01/2021 22:49:58
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Yeah, even if I've had 3 doses of vaccine, have been wearing mask continuously since early last year. It's not an accessory anymore; but a must! You're absolutely right, masks affect facial expressions e.g. do not allow lip reading and it's impossible to read eye movements if he/she wears dark lens sunglasses. I did not crop; but removed unnecessary stuff. Thanks Don.   Posted: 11/02/2021 01:27:46
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Funny thing, this reminds me of the many young women in my youth who could look at me briefly but convey absolutely no emotion via eyes or face.
On a more photographic note, it might be an interesting portfolio to have images of those who hide their emotions behind some sort of mask contrasted with images of those who convey emotions in spite of them.   Posted: 11/07/2021 12:56:56
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Funny thing, this reminds me of the many young women in my youth who could look at me briefly but convey absolutely no emotion via eyes or face. ... Like the one from Ipanema
On a more photographic note, it might be an interesting portfolio to have images of those who hide their emotions behind some sort of mask contrasted with images of those who convey emotions in spite of them.   Posted: 11/07/2021 12:56:58



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
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I think choosing a person wearing sunglasses adds to the anonymous effect of the masks--good choice.
Nice sharp focus on your subject, and the background blurred for separation.   Posted: 11/03/2021 23:30:54
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment Stephen.   Posted: 11/04/2021 06:21:28



Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
HI Ata,
Thank you for sharing.
Your cropping works very well. It highlight the person who looks just turn her head around.
Erasing the sign turned out to be successful. It looks natural as well.
Well done.   Posted: 11/04/2021 01:39:32
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks Haru.   Posted: 11/04/2021 06:22:04



Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Ata, I agree with Haru. That was some really good sign removal. which tool did you use. There are so many different ones.   Posted: 11/04/2021 17:58:07
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Hi Don, use a selection tool in PS to trace around the subject you want to remove. I use Polygonal Lasso Tool. Then, use (Edit > Fill > Content-Aware) to automatically fill the selection of the subject with other parts of the image.
  Posted: 11/05/2021 01:39:25



Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Greetings Ata. The solid eye contact - without eyes - and the questioning posture - without a face, are wonderful captures. I agree with you and others about your successful simplification of the scene. I wondered if reducing the brightness of the bright areas, and a bit of vignetting would make her even more forceful, so I played with that.
  Posted: 11/06/2021 13:42:10
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Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment and re-processing Dick.   Posted: 11/07/2021 01:14:52



Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I hope that we before too long can put these kind of scenes behind us, but I might be hoping for too much. It is a simpe that is emphasised by the way you have edited it. The composition gives a feeling that she is walking out of the picture, which makes it more interesting. I support Dicks suggestion to darken the background.   Posted: 11/07/2021 01:56:56
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment Arne.   Posted: 11/07/2021 03:58:47



 

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