Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Julie (27/100) - Transition

Chris is a new resident at my father's nursing home. He is 84 and was sitting outside in the pickup area which is all a bit sad. He was quite happy for me to take his photo and chat with him. He had a very firm hand shake but required a zimmer.

I guess fill flash would have helped with the shadow line here - the sun was very intense even though it was about 9am. The shots I took from the other side which showed the frame more, also included a cream drain-pipe! The chalk mark behind Chris's head is the tail of an arrow which looks okay in other images but with it always came the downpipe.


bitingmidge said...

I love the composition, no need to talk about the contrast, although it works beautifully with the title.

Flash would have helped. One of the reasons we don't see any great shots in this sort of light, I think, is that there are none! If anyone comes across one in their travels, I'd appreciate a nudge.

The chalk line doesn't worry me at all, but I have a confession to make. I think it was Joan who mentioned Ansel Adams in a previous comment in relation to dark room work.

For the first time EVER, I've taken something out of a photo and it happened in today's shot.

If you compare the two shots, you'll see a street light in the left hand side of the lower one. In the close up it was quite clear and quite distracting, so I rubbed it out (very roughly but I got away with it in the sky).

I see that sort of minor alteration as a bit of dark room burning, it could save a great shot I think.

Ann said...

I'm not overly worried by the chalk mark either. I doubt you could do an awful lot because of the strength of the light.

Julie said...

What I learnt from this shot, is that some shots should simply not get taken. I knew the sun line was there ... I knew it was there ... and yet I took the shot ... dumb!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Hooray, Peter removed a post from his picture. I agree that rubbing out the occasional distraction can turn a good photo into a great photo. I thought that the other day when Ann complained about the post sprouting from Raisa's head .... so easily fixed ... but I didn't want to labour the point. I have been having a play around with post processing and have to agree with what Peter said at the time, it is best to start with a good picture and have just minor flaws to correct ... like wiping out a small power pole.

Julie said...

Golly, we are at a different stage this week, aren't we?

Technical data and post-processing ... where is all the fear and angst and trepidation?

Paled into insignificance?

bitingmidge said...

I suspect there was never any significance in any of it, but we can still feel it whenever we like!

I'm not sure if I'm sorry I didn't have my camera in the big smoke, or glad that I didn't once more have to step out into unfamiliar territory.

Ann said...

The way I look at it (don't forget that until recently my photography was all done when travelling) is that I'm not going to be in that place at that time every again, if the shot works, great, if it doesn't then its still a memory for me (which is what photos are) so it doesn't matter. I'd rather take a bad shot and have something to remind me of a place, person or experience than miss the opportunity.

That doesn't apply as much with this project - there are hundreds of shots I wish I had taken but haven't had the courage to ask or try.