Randy Andre  

Students sketching by Randy Andre

June 2022 - Students sketching

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"Students sketching" was taken in a historic section of Vienna Austria, across from a cathedral (don't remember the name). Mid to late morning. The photo opportunity struck me as ironic(?) in that I was capturing an image with a high tech device (digital camera) while they were capturing an image with a decidedly low tech device (pencil and paper). It was shot 250sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 at 25mm on a 17-70 zoom. I wanted to walk behind them and try the photo from that perspective but it seemed a little rude
(particularly if someone was just drawing stick figures :)).

9 comments posted

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Randy - I think the image works well particularly because of the white tops of the women in the center which draws the eye in to the so interesting gesture of the out-stretched arm. The clock/watch in the window makes a nice counter in my mind to the youth of the artists: a reminder that time will pass.
The focus and tonality seem spot on to me.
My one question is about the woman in the far right whom I feel is so far outside the group (in terms of both activity and deportment) that I find a distraction and perhaps a detraction from the rest of the group. If this contrast is the narrative you seek, then I think it succeeds - but if your focus is the enthusiasm of the young artists, then I crop her out and leave the giant watch as the right most element.   Posted: 06/01/2022 15:00:26
Randy Andre   Randy Andre
I agree with your suggestion in general and when I tried that it put the clock too near the right edge for me. I know I could "add" to the side of the image but I am trying to follow the basic rules of photo journalism. No editing. The other way to think of it (perhaps because I am a retired teacher) is that in a class their are always some who will not be interested in the subject at hand and the person on the right seems to fit that bill.   Posted: 06/02/2022 07:42:44
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
I take your point - I have never done street photography so I did not know the paradigm that reality rules; I was just struck by what a difference it would make if she had left the stage.   Posted: 06/02/2022 12:58:04

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Randy, as I am also a retired teacher, I can completely agree with your comments on the make-up of a class of students! For me this is a wonderful capture of seven students - always good to have an odd number - each absorbed or not in the assignment they have been given. I too would not crop the clock off because that adds to the story - have they a time limit on their work? If you did consider some slight editing then I would suggest you see if you could dull down the foremost Omega sign which is a little bright and if there is any way of bringing out what is on the sketch pad of the foremost girl as that is so white and blank that it ois a little distracting. Wouldn't it be good too if she was wearing an Omega watch but probably too much to hope for! Great shot.   Posted: 06/02/2022 09:01:04
Randy Andre   Randy Andre
An omega watch would be great. :)   Posted: 06/02/2022 10:39:00

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Randy, congratulations on a well-captured image. I like everything about it and my only editing comment is to bring down the brightness of the Omega sign as others have pointed out. I've been reading about composition and looking at the great artists of the past - how they used repeating and opposing elements to create compositions that enthrall. My attached "edit" is really just to point out the repeating lines that contribute to the success of your image. [If the church in question was THE cathedral in Vienna, it is St. Stephen's - Der Stefansdom]   Posted: 06/02/2022 14:41:55
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Great shot. And you were lucky that the nearest student is left-handed, so you get a nice view of her drawing hand.   Posted: 06/02/2022 23:17:49

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Randy,
You've captured a good story. Nicely composed, sharp details on the students and the Omega building. Well exposed. Respectfully I disagree with other comments about the sign. I like that you made the Omega Museum sign a little brighter since it is the subject matter of the story and deserves an extra look. Well done.   Posted: 06/03/2022 16:07:33

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Randy, Great storytelling image. Each person in this image has a story to tell and all having their own personalities. I can ponder this image for a very long time. I would not change a thing.   Posted: 06/19/2022 14:22:22


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