Bill Foy  

Street Performer or Panhandler? by Bill Foy

September 2021 - Street Performer or Panhandler?

September 2021 - Bill Foy


About the Image(s)

This image was made in St. Augustine a few years ago. I couldn't (and can't) decide whether this man is a performer or a panhandler. Adjustments in ACR: crop, highlights/shadows, vibrance, and contrast. Adjustments in PS: further cropping, lightening of a portion of the man's face, darkening of background, removal of some "spots". Nikon D300s, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, f/16, 1/500, ISO-400, Shutter Priority, handheld.

4 comments posted

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
I think it makes little difference which he is; in either case it looks like he is taking a break from which ever he was doing. I like that he is looking directly at you. For me, he is an interesting subject, making me wonder about the circumstances. The color harmony is wonderful for me.

I think your crop works well. This could be cropped in close to make an interesting portrait, though I do like that the cigarette in his hand and his paraphernalia make for a fuller story.

I see from your processing that you opened up the shadows in the man's face by globally increasing the exposure, then backing way off on the highlights and lightening the blacks. While this approach did lighten up the man's face, it also made the mans costume lighter. You could have the adjustment brush to lighten just the shadows on his face while leaving the rest of the image as is, and adjusting the shadows globally to target the darkness of his costume. I liked the rich blackness of his costume in the original vs the grayer rendition in your final image.

When brightening shadows, ACR will also saturate the colors. I find that I need to back off on the local saturation a bit to achieve a natural skin tone. I also usually decrease the local contrast a little when brightening faces for a little smother look.   Posted: 09/15/2021 22:08:00

Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
This is a great photo. I love the colors and the subject is so interesting. I agree that the black on the man's costume could be darker, but not so dark as the original. The only thing that bothers me a bit is the bright white bench on the man's right. My eye keeps being drawn to it. If it could be dimmed a bit I think it would be better, but that may be just a niggling point.   Posted: 09/16/2021 13:03:32

Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
I really like this character shot, Bill. The expression on the man's face draws me into him. I like your crop too and that you cloned out part of the sewer grate in front of him. I think I might prefer if the yellow wall and jacket were less bright and less saturated; pretty much like they are in your original. Victor mention using the adjustment brush to locally adjust the man. I agree.   Posted: 09/16/2021 14:37:32

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
I like the image. I was about to say thart I would guess that if he doesn't have a dish or something where people can drop money in, he is probably a panhandler; however, a panhandler would probably also have a place for suckers to drop money into.
I prefer the darker wall as it enhances the contrasr.   Posted: 09/18/2021 11:49:43


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