The Harpist B&W

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    • #426491
      Mistyisle
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      Another image I decided to try in monochrome.  Settings were f3.5; 40mms; ISO1000; 1/2000sec.   As taken a while ago, not sure why ISO so high, also why shutter speed so fast.

    • #426525
      Petr Nowak
      Participant

      Two persons in backgroud are disturbing. My eyes end always there.

    • #426530
      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      I agree with Petr – it would be good to remove those people in the background, they are quite distracting.

    • #426621
      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Many thanks Petr and Jasenka, can do.  However, I am wondering if then the diagonal seeming to sprout out of the top of the harp would also then become a distraction?  Additionally, I would like to select the areas between the strings, which is the most daunting task!  Am wondering if the work involved would be worthwhile?  I have a tendency to work for hours on an image to then discover that it was time that could have been better spent.

    • #426783
      Federico Alegria
      Participant

      Just remember to keep your ISO lower when walking under sunny situations. Even when your exposure might seem to be balanced, it will be contradicting itself (high ISO and high shutter speed).

    • #426813
      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Jim, Since the BG is disturbing, I would concentrate on the Harpist concentrating.

    • #426834
      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Many thanks, Federico and Erik, your feedback is most appreciated.

      F:  I took this image quite some time ago, so how I managed to get to these settings is a mystery.  Nevertheless, I have set the upper limits to ISO often in the past, so will keep an eye on this and do so, adding to my repertoire!

      E:  Love the crop.  However, I do note that the focus is on the instrument, rather than the performer.    I have a colleague, indeed mentor, who does often recommend more severe cropping on quite a few of my images.  Will definitely revisit this image!

    • #426861
      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Jim with a bit more tweaking, burn the face and hands a tad to put emphasis on it and a slight vignette to darken part of the edges, you concentrate more on her and her hands than the instrument.

    • #426901
      Frank
      Participant

      Yes. The crop was needed.  If you wanted the whole scene of her standing with the full harp, it would have been easier if you had just waited to let the background people walk out of the frame.  Not sure you could have shot from that angle, however, and gotten rid of that post.  But, the crop really helps, because to me the expression on the face is very important.  I would have liked to see more, if you had moved just a half step to your left.  Of course, that might have distracted the musician.  Note, too, that the crop really helps with taking out any distractions in the background.  Our eyes stay with the subject.

    • #426903
      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Thanks Erik and Frank – something like this?

    • #426933
      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Jim, just get rid of the guy in the BG.

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