Melissa Cramer Sonnen  

Say WHAT by Melissa Cramer Sonnen

September 2023 - Say WHAT

About the Image(s)

Taken in 2021, this image was VERY bad in color (The color image has been lost). I remember that I immediately converted it to Mono, but never did anything else to it but size it. I feel there is a bit of "punch" that is missing, and I need advice before I enter it anywhere. Thanks all!
Olympus E-M10 Mark II, f/5.3, 1/250 sec. ISO 1600.

7 comments posted

Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Melissa, Cool shot. I wonder what they were looking at. I "punched it up a bit, but only a bit. Your take was fine. I assume you shot this in captivity. I have a good zoo nearby and a great zoo in San Francisco. Maybe I will try it. I punched it up in Adobe Camera Raw (same as Lightroom) and then opened it in Nik Silver Efex Pro. It's all about the Contrast and Tones. The guy on the left reminds me of my Uncle.   Posted: 09/02/2023 19:07:23
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Melissa Cramer Sonnen   Melissa Cramer Sonnen
Thanks Don, I like yours much better. The darker background really makes these guys (including your uncle) stand out much better. This was a captive shot, but I can't remember in which city - we hit the zoo in any city we visit first, then see the rest of the sights. That's what happens when two people are BOTH photographers! -MCS   Posted: 09/05/2023 13:00:05

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Melissa,
Thank you for sharing. It is a good snapshot.
I like their eyes catpured. They draw my attention immidiately and they give a strong impression of the image as well.
I might try to crop down tight trying to highlight the faces. That way the image would become stronger in the story. In that case, I am not sure that lower bottom bamboos would need to tell a story.   Posted: 09/07/2023 01:45:46

Stacey Pearson   Stacey Pearson
Perfect subjects for black and white, Melissa! I like Don's idea of punching up the contrast a bit, and it might be interesting to see what the image would look like if you masked just the background and made it darker. I also agree with Haru, that cropping tighter might offer a different perspective. Great image!   Posted: 09/07/2023 14:23:50
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Melissa Cramer Sonnen   Melissa Cramer Sonnen
I agree with both of you on the cropping. I will enter a crop and see what it does.   Posted: 09/11/2023 08:17:22

Trevor Harvey   Trevor Harvey
As has already been said, perfect image for black and white. I love the tighter crop as it removes the distractions. I also wonder what they are looking at.   Posted: 09/19/2023 14:46:28

Ed Taje   Ed Taje
Love it. I did make some minor adjustmets to the toning, then seen that was already done. I like the background as it provides some context to the life of the subjects.   Posted: 09/21/2023 09:53:25


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