Tom Rice  

Indian Pow-Wow by Tom Rice

July 2024 - Indian Pow-Wow

July 2024 - Tom Rice


About the Image(s)

Sony a7rIV, 200-600mm lens shot at 600mm, ISO 10000 f/6.3 1/500sec using a monopod to hold up the camera/lens.

Went to a Indian pow-wow this last weekend in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. I was sitting in some bleachers across the area from where this young lady was standing and the overall light was not real great (notice the high ISO!). Still, she was standing in a spot with no shadows on her. I used Photoshop to replace the background, and Topaz Photo AI to remove the noise and sharpen the image. This young lady was the outgoing Tonkawa Princess for 2023-2024.

7 comments posted

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
Well spotted and a great image. You (or PS!) did really well in seperating her from the messy background, even the feather!! Exposure is spot on as there is a lot of detail in her white outfit. The colours appear to be very natural.
Only little niggle, pity you couldn't have got her legs in as well but no doubt there was a reason for this.
Well done.   Posted: 07/04/2024 10:17:54
Tom Rice   Tom Rice
Thank you Angela. And I agree that it would have been so much better if I had been able to get the full length image of her. If you notice in the original image, you can see the heads of the people on the drums and singers that were seated in the arena between my viewing position and the subject, and her lower legs and feet were not visible.   Posted: 07/05/2024 07:11:21

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
Well worth taking shot in any case!!   Posted: 07/05/2024 07:39:44

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
Well worth taking shot in any case!!   Posted: 07/06/2024 09:04:28

Kurt Reinhard
Really good portrait Tom. I like how you were able to replace the background, and going with a two-toned background really enhanced the image. Really sharp image, with good color.   Posted: 07/09/2024 18:46:04

Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Tom, this is great. It looks like a studio portrait shot. Her eyes and face and hands are wonderful. I suggest cropping just above the white at the bottom of the pic. Better framing and no distracting bright white at the bottom. Background is great, and you have taken a snapshot and made a beautiful respectful portrait. I suggest you send the tribe the picture for them and her.   Posted: 07/10/2024 13:10:51

Rose Norman   Rose Norman
You did a great job of separating her from the background and providing a much more pleasing and less distracting background. She is sharp and it is a very good portrait of her. Well done!   Posted: 07/10/2024 14:53:15


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