Jeff Hanke  

Day Dreaming by Jeff Hanke

June 2022 - Day Dreaming

June 2022 - Jeff Hanke


About the Image(s)

This is a street photo I took in Wilmington, NC of a girl on the street who caught my eye. She seems to be pondering her future, likely on break from the restaurant.

I used my Sony a7R3 with an 18mm bokeh lens. Camera was in shutter priority as I was shooting on the fly, and camera auto set to f/2.8. I took the original color photo and cropped it, used perspective crop tool to straighten out the image, took out the bush using healing tool, converted to BW with NIK Efex Pro3, and then added a vignette with Camera Raw filter. The image draws me into wondering what she is thinking about. I look forward to feedback.

13 comments posted

Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Jeff, I like your shot. I shoot a lot of street photography, but I don't think I have shared any with the group. Interesting choice of lens, and settings. I shoot auto ISO with a manual setting of 1/125 @ f11, so I don't have to worry about subjects being out of focus. I guess it depends on how light or dark it is outside. I wonder if 18mm is a little wide for street photography? I guess that depends on how much cropping you can get away with (how many MP your camera has) Very good job of editing the image. I like how you sort of planted the seed that she might be on a break. In street photography, an obvious story really helps. I wish I could have seen a little more of her neck with that interesting art work. I did a take with a blurred background. Not sure if it works. Nice job Jeff.   Posted: 06/05/2022 22:59:31
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Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Nice edit, Don. I like your edit. It is in line with what I was thinking of.
I can focus more on the lady without distraction for me.
Nice job!   Posted: 06/08/2022 01:07:52
Jeff Hanke   Jeff Hanke
Thanks Don, I like how blurring the background really makes her pop. But a critique Ive received from judges in the past is that street photos need to show interaction of the subject with the environment. Otherwise it comes across as a portrait. Hence, I left the restaurant window scene in the background. Not sure I should worry about this. Id be interested in your perspective. Maybe blur - but to lesser degree.   Posted: 06/08/2022 16:13:19

Tevor Harvey   Tevor Harvey
I love the mono version of the image. In the color the lady was competing with the object behind. I think your crop is superb and would be very pleased to have either your or Dons version in my collection.   Posted: 06/07/2022 23:41:03
Jeff Hanke   Jeff Hanke
Thanks Trevor - much appreciated   Posted: 06/08/2022 16:14:01

Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Jeff. I realized after I posted my take on your image that I had violated one of my personal "no-no's" of Street Photography. I studied Photography and Journalism in college and have worked for a couple of publications. Photojournalism and Street Photography are Cousins because, the crux of the biscuit is telling a story. Street Photography, in my opinion, should be very real and show it as it really was. In the case of your image, I did not feel there was a clear story here because there was not enough of the scene to give us the full picture. Maybe some more foreground, or background. I got caught up in the subject and was having trouble separating her from the background, so… I tried a Neural Filter in Photoshop, and overstepped. I feel bad, however, I did enjoy your comment about judges and feel you are a good fit for group 74. I think we all shoot different kinds of photography and since it is a hobby for most of us, it is easy to let things run together. In the past couple of months, I have shot, landscapes, cityscapes, street photography, portraits, historical buildings, and travel photography. I always shoot one at a time, and never try to mix them up. Sorry for waxing, but because a lot of photographers do not shoot street photography, I felt it was important to explain myself.
  Posted: 06/08/2022 17:28:02
Jeff Hanke   Jeff Hanke
Thanks for the further explanation. Im guessing from your comments this might not fit the street photography category. It might fit portrait better based on looking into more deeply. You agree? This might be important to clarify for entering competitions/exhibitions.   Posted: 06/09/2022 09:57:32

Don Hill   Don Hill
No, I did not want to mislead you. This does, in my opinion, feel like Street Photography, but I am not expert. The only rules are the ones the judges make up, and who says the are right or wrong. However, they do award the prizes. I took your street photograph and made it into a portrait. My Bad. In a competition, a judge might think your shot does not tell enough of a story. If it was a part of a series, that would be different. Two Street Photographers I really like are Valerie Jardin, and David Coleman. Take a look at their work. I have only entered one photo contest and it was the local county fair. My image took best of show (not bragging), and like winning big at a casino, I took my ribbon and went straight home. It takes guts to shoot street photography. Keep shooting. Keep telling stories. Sorry I muddied the water.   Posted: 06/09/2022 20:42:14
Jeff Hanke   Jeff Hanke
I agree it takes guts to pursue street photography. I appreciate your comments. More input always welcome.   Posted: 06/12/2022 06:00:42

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
A very good example of street photography. My feeling is that we are looking a young person with a rebellious approach, contemplating about life and the future. I like the way you have processed the image with good contrast to the background and good grey tones. I would suggest to lighten the black area on the right side slightly to show a little bit of details.   Posted: 06/12/2022 04:53:00
Jeff Hanke   Jeff Hanke
Thanks Arne   Posted: 06/12/2022 05:38:33
Jeff Hanke   Jeff Hanke
Are you referring to the window scene to the right ?   Posted: 06/12/2022 05:58:42
Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Yes, but only the lower part as the upper is OK in my opinion. it is just to give an impression of the surroundings.   Posted: 06/12/2022 06:27:07


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