Margaret Duncan  

The Festival  by Margaret Duncan

November 2023 - The Festival

About the Image(s)

My image this month was taken in a small country town in Victoria. It was their annual Wood, Wine and Roses Festival earlier this year. Unfortunately it rained and the celebration was somewhat dampened, not that it affected these kids loving the spectacle of the water spout guy but also what he was throwing out of his bag. It was great fun for the kids and the wetter they got the better. Tech details Olympus EM1 Mk2, 17mm fixed lens, ISO400, 1/500, F/6.3. Converted to B&W and did adjustments from there to bring out the detail in the sky and tone down the darks.

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12 comments posted

Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Interesting moment. Most certainly it is clear what is the subject. :). Im missing a bit of contrasts.

  Posted: 11/07/2023 08:05:58
Margaret Duncan   Margaret Duncan
Thanks Adi - I see what you mean by the contrast. I played around with it but it was such a dull day, the dark tones made the image gloomy and I felt it dragged the mood down.   Posted: 11/08/2023 04:21:10
Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Try histogram more to the left   Posted: 11/11/2023 14:56:07

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
I especially like the overall (light-hue) that imbues a sense of moisture from the fountain. Really helps me feel connected to the moment. Was this a result of 'toning down the darks' ... or was the air visibly saturated?

Regardless, I love the subject composition .. very much a scene that imbues an authentic "Street Photography" aesthetic: natural, authentic. Lovely, Margaret!

  Posted: 11/07/2023 08:11:12
Margaret Duncan   Margaret Duncan
Thanks Lance, I'm glad you like it. The atmosphere was very damp from the rain and the performer constantly swirling around forcing spray out onto the kids. The kids were totally in the moment.
Thanks for giving the image a name.   Posted: 11/08/2023 04:17:04
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Always a pleasure, Margaret!   Posted: 11/09/2023 05:19:18

Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Margaret, this is a fun image. You captured the mood of the scene really well. Looks like it was fun for everyone there.   Posted: 11/10/2023 21:50:48

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi Margaret. Quite the fun image! I can really feel the excitement of the spectators as they watch the water-spout-guy take off. A perfect example where breaking the "rules" ("never center your subject in the frame") works to one's advantage. It is a great composition. I like the triangles: the audience is in a triangular arrangement; the dude in the foreground is in a triangular stance which mirrors the guy on the water spout. Lots to like here!   Posted: 11/11/2023 08:29:25
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
.... and that is a good point, Michael ... we often hear not to center the subject ... but that "rule" is overstated, in my opinion.

And this image is a prime example of the power centralizing or more accurately, what "symmetry" can brings to (some) compositions. Used wisely (visualized wisely) offers powerful narratives. Thus, keeping this scene symmetrical is the key to its emotional effect.   Posted: 11/11/2023 09:22:26
Margaret Duncan   Margaret Duncan
Thanks Michael. I didn't think too much about composition at the time. There was so much going on and I was thinking about capturing the excitement more than anything. Difficult when you can't see the faces of the kids. I got several photos from different angles but in the end, this is the one that grabbed me. Perhaps that is why - the composition works in this story.   Posted: 11/18/2023 16:49:32

Mark Holbrook
Margaret-An intriguing photo. Is the figure spewing water a real person riding high on twin water jets coming from the hose, or a statue appearing to do the same thing? This is, at least in this case, the wonder of photography. It can document reality or it can tickle your fantasies. They all appear to be heavily engaged in the moment as is evident by your capture of the varying states of posture of each child. A nice street photograph of children enjoying a delightful moment of festivity.   Posted: 11/26/2023 11:34:06

Don Chen   Don Chen
Hi Margaret, another great story telling photo. Looks like every kid is frozen still on the ground waiting for the commands from the super hero up there (lol I am making up the story now...). Great shot!   Posted: 11/26/2023 20:27:46