A picture I took

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A picture I took
Jul 16, 2013

This may be a double post but I meant it to go here first time and sent it to Panasonic. Anyway, I took this using ambient light with my LX3 and liked it. Hope you do. Hospice worker at my house.

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That bad, huh?

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In reply to rkhndjr, Jul 16, 2013

No, not bad. But not great, either.

It works lighting-wise, but compositionally, I have a problem with it. Namely, the chandelier growing out of her head.

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It is a fine, if a little bland, starting point. Maybe try playing around with it to see what results you can get- maybe crop closer/get her out of dead center? Black and white conversion? Get creative and see what results.

Technically- keep an eye on your settings. That fast lens can keep the iso low for best results, but only if you open up the aperature. That said, I don't think the image is too noisy, so the actual benefit to the image would have probably been negligible.

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I am not a very good photographer. I'm learning and trying to stretch a bit, and looking at others' work here really helps. I think what draws me to photography the most is that essence of capturing a moment. Life in made up of moments, and they pass by so swiftly. Sometimes just being able to freeze a moment and and then being able to take the time to see and look at the meaning of the moment, means so much. Even if the photo may not be a "10" on the artistic scale.

I confess that to a great degree, moments that I've captured in images may mean more to me than to others. I think that is completely OK, that photographs have a personal meaning that may not always translate to others.

Your photo may not have all the best technical attributes that a photography critic might be looking for. But to me, the smiling face of the caretaker and the light on her face, the rather dull and drab background, the presence of the walker, all speaks volumes. I know the photo and the meaning of the photo speaks to you, in your personal situation. And I see you, the photographer, in this image.  Your photo brings tears to my eyes . . .

Peace.

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brentbrent wrote:

I am not a very good photographer. I'm learning and trying to stretch a bit, and looking at others' work here really helps. I think what draws me to photography the most is that essence of capturing a moment. Life in made up of moments, and they pass by so swiftly. Sometimes just being able to freeze a moment and and then being able to take the time to see and look at the meaning of the moment, means so much. Even if the photo may not be a "10" on the artistic scale.

I confess that to a great degree, moments that I've captured in images may mean more to me than to others. I think that is completely OK, that photographs have a personal meaning that may not always translate to others.

Your photo may not have all the best technical attributes that a photography critic might be looking for. But to me, the smiling face of the caretaker and the light on her face, the rather dull and drab background, the presence of the walker, all speaks volumes. I know the photo and the meaning of the photo speaks to you, in your personal situation. And I see you, the photographer, in this image. Your photo brings tears to my eyes . . .

Peace.

Your comment made me take a second look at the photo, and see it in a different (and more meaningful) light. Thanks.

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rpm40 wrote:

It is a fine, if a little bland, starting point. Maybe try playing around with it to see what results you can get- maybe crop closer/get her out of dead center? Black and white conversion? Get creative and see what results.

Technically- keep an eye on your settings. That fast lens can keep the iso low for best results, but only if you open up the aperature. That said, I don't think the image is too noisy, so the actual benefit to the image would have probably been negligible.

I am not making excuses but the circumstances in which I shot were quite different. I know all about composition and PP with CS5 but was at that time getting a chance to take a pic. That was all. Thanks for your interest.

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brentbrent wrote:

I am not a very good photographer. I'm learning and trying to stretch a bit, and looking at others' work here really helps. I think what draws me to photography the most is that essence of capturing a moment. Life in made up of moments, and they pass by so swiftly. Sometimes just being able to freeze a moment and and then being able to take the time to see and look at the meaning of the moment, means so much. Even if the photo may not be a "10" on the artistic scale.

I confess that to a great degree, moments that I've captured in images may mean more to me than to others. I think that is completely OK, that photographs have a personal meaning that may not always translate to others.

Your photo may not have all the best technical attributes that a photography critic might be looking for. But to me, the smiling face of the caretaker and the light on her face, the rather dull and drab background, the presence of the walker, all speaks volumes. I know the photo and the meaning of the photo speaks to you, in your personal situation. And I see you, the photographer, in this image. Your photo brings tears to my eyes . . .

Your reply makes me feel there is hope for this country after all. Words such as these mean everything to me. God bless.

Peace.

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brentbrent wrote:

I am not a very good photographer. I'm learning and trying to stretch a bit, and looking at others' work here really helps. I think what draws me to photography the most is that essence of capturing a moment. Life in made up of moments, and they pass by so swiftly. Sometimes just being able to freeze a moment and and then being able to take the time to see and look at the meaning of the moment, means so much. Even if the photo may not be a "10" on the artistic scale.

I confess that to a great degree, moments that I've captured in images may mean more to me than to others. I think that is completely OK, that photographs have a personal meaning that may not always translate to others.

Your photo may not have all the best technical attributes that a photography critic might be looking for. But to me, the smiling face of the caretaker and the light on her face, the rather dull and drab background, the presence of the walker, all speaks volumes. I know the photo and the meaning of the photo speaks to you, in your personal situation. And I see you, the photographer, in this image. Your photo brings tears to my eyes . . .

Peace.

Your comment made me take a second look at the photo, and see it in a different (and more meaningful) light. Thanks.

This is a very gracious statement and I appreciate it as I am sure the writer of the previous reply does.

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brentbrent wrote:

I am not a very good photographer. I'm learning and trying to stretch a bit, and looking at others' work here really helps. I think what draws me to photography the most is that essence of capturing a moment. Life in made up of moments, and they pass by so swiftly. Sometimes just being able to freeze a moment and and then being able to take the time to see and look at the meaning of the moment, means so much. Even if the photo may not be a "10" on the artistic scale.

You are a great photographer because your humanity justifies whatever you capture in way of subject matter. Thank you for being here.

I confess that to a great degree, moments that I've captured in images may mean more to me than to others. I think that is completely OK, that photographs have a personal meaning that may not always translate to others.

Your photo may not have all the best technical attributes that a photography critic might be looking for. But to me, the smiling face of the caretaker and the light on her face, the rather dull and drab background, the presence of the walker, all speaks volumes. I know the photo and the meaning of the photo speaks to you, in your personal situation. And I see you, the photographer, in this image. Your photo brings tears to my eyes . . .

Peace.

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This is a clear case where the subject and theme are way more important than technical aspects. True, it could have been technically much better, and maybe thus would have told the story in a stringer way, but the story is still there, and it is a touching one, and the expression and kindbness in her eyes speak volumes.

Be strong my friend, my thoughts are with you and your wife.

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doto41 wrote:

This is a clear case where the subject and theme are way more important than technical aspects. True, it could have been technically much better, and maybe thus would have told the story in a stringer way, but the story is still there, and it is a touching one, and the expression and kindbness in her eyes speak volumes.

Be strong my friend, my thoughts are with you and your wife.

Thank you for these kind words, Dov.

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I like this portrait, the window light works very well; the natural smile is captivating. This one is all about content, the type of family photo I like to take where the background clutter = context, and a backstop for memories in future years. You could darken/blur out the background in PP, perhaps crop to have the figure less centrally placed, heighten the lighting effects on the face, etc. In the end, it's how you feel about the result. I wish you all the best in what must be a very difficult time.

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radamczak wrote:

I like this portrait, the window light works very well; the natural smile is captivating. This one is all about content, the type of family photo I like to take where the background clutter = context, and a backstop for memories in future years. You could darken/blur out the background in PP, perhaps crop to have the figure less centrally placed, heighten the lighting effects on the face, etc. In the end, it's how you feel about the result. I wish you all the best in what must be a very difficult time.

Thank you so much, Richard. A kind reply such as this helps so much.

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.....with most of the remarks so far.

I think this is an excellent informal portrait.  As others have said, the background -- the walker and the partial view of the person in the chair -- gives it much more meaning.  I think the face of the subject is wonderful with a genuine openness.

But I think the photograph is technically excellent.  It caught my attention immediately.  On my monitor, the colors are extremely natural with beautiful lighting and a full range of tones.  It shows the beauty of realism instead of the "pop" that so many seem to strive for.

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The cheery look on the face of the hospice worker says it all to me....she loves her calling.  Her face to me almost seems radiant.  Perhaps I'm prejudiced as I know a sweet lady from our church who works in hospice care, too.  She feels it her "ministry" so to speak.  And having gone through the passing of my mother and father and grandmother at various times over the past years, I can certainly appreciate the workers with the empathy to care in such times.  Thank you for sharing and you and yours are in my thoughts.

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Hi Russ,

I haven't been around here for a while.  I am sorry to hear that your wife is at the hospice stage.  I probably have missed other posts with updates.  I hope she is comfortable and you are getting all the support you need.  I love this photo; maybe because I understand the context, but also because the ambiant lighting is really nice.  Her skin and the beautiful color of her blouse.  But mostly I love her smile.  I would hope that the hospice worker that cares for me or a loved one looks as loving and kind as Misty.  Thanks for posting the photo.  My thought are with you.

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Darrell Spreen wrote:

.....with most of the remarks so far.

I think this is an excellent informal portrait. As others have said, the background -- the walker and the partial view of the person in the chair -- gives it much more meaning. I think the face of the subject is wonderful with a genuine openness.

But I think the photograph is technically excellent. It caught my attention immediately. On my monitor, the colors are extremely natural with beautiful lighting and a full range of tones. It shows the beauty of realism instead of the "pop" that so many seem to strive for.

Darrell, I am overwhelmed! Thank you. I try, rarely succeed.

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Susan Taylor wrote:

The cheery look on the face of the hospice worker says it all to me....she loves her calling. Her face to me almost seems radiant. Perhaps I'm prejudiced as I know a sweet lady from our church who works in hospice care, too. She feels it her "ministry" so to speak. And having gone through the passing of my mother and father and grandmother at various times over the past years, I can certainly appreciate the workers with the empathy to care in such times. Thank you for sharing and you and yours are in my thoughts.

I thank you, Susan. Actually the girl loves my wife and makes her day when she comes. It is a wonderful organization and the women here are all devoted.

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danielsonkin wrote:

Hi Russ,

I haven't been around here for a while. I am sorry to hear that your wife is at the hospice stage. I probably have missed other posts with updates. I hope she is comfortable and you are getting all the support you need. I love this photo; maybe because I understand the context, but also because the ambiant lighting is really nice. Her skin and the beautiful color of her blouse. But mostly I love her smile. I would hope that the hospice worker that cares for me or a loved one looks as loving and kind as Misty. Thanks for posting the photo. My thought are with you.

Daniel

Daniel, I apologize for this late reply. My time is rather at odds with my demands here now and I have to get back when possible. I have never posted anything about this until very recently and that is why you have not seen anything. My wife's time is limited now and she is in bed and talks seldom. One day at the time..

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