man sitting _ jerash

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man sitting _ jerash

Uploaded: May 06, 2013


Exif: F Number: 22, Exposure Bias Value: -1.00, ExposureTime: 1/100 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 40.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi


Dale Hardin May 19, 2013

I not only love the variety of your imagery, Lisa, but your ability to capture the moment. I like the story here and that you've shown a great deal of the location he is viewing.

It would be nice to to have had a bit lower POV which would have moved him into the image more and perhaps a bit more of the view on his right.

If you use Photoshop you can modify that a bit by using the recompose tool and move him forward in the image to give the illusion of a lower POV. #1528894

Susan Williams level-classic May 19, 2013

I love this image, Lisa. If it were mine, I would remove all of the people except the man sitting - just him and his shadow. I really like the comp, but Dale always has great ideas worth implementing. Nice work! #10699827

Arthur Bohlmann May 20, 2013

Very nice capture #10700255

Rita K. Connell level-classic May 20, 2013

What a great shot!

I am with Susan on taking out all the people except the one sitting on the bench #10700800

Michael Kelly level-deluxe May 20, 2013

I have a shot of these columns - Jerash was one of my favorite stops on our trip.

I understand the impact of removing the people other than the subject - I think it will be a stronger photo but with an entirely different feel. For me I would just lower the contrast slightly and open up the shadows a bit. #10700927

Stephen Shoff May 20, 2013

Lisa, a nice shot, well-framed, looks well exposed, an interesting place. It is a moment in time, and you did show a great deal of the location he is viewing.

What did you want us to see in this picture? What was your vision? What was your story?

I see a couple of potential compositions using pretty severe crops:
-- the upper left quadrant isolating the line of columns with the stonework in the center
-- a pano of the upper 2/3rds of the image
-- a vertical crop of the man on the bench that isolates him and maybe the center column and colonnade in the upper right. I think that approach is limited since he is not looking into the picture but looking down and diagonally out of the picture.

In the picture as posted, you might:
-- darken the foreground stonework and
-- darken the center stonework in the amphitheatre...
... leaving the dirt walkway passing in front of the bench, and the lighter walking area along the front of the upper right colonnade slightly brighter than the rest of the picture.

That would help provide some leading lines #10700996

Jeff E Jensen May 20, 2013

Well, you've gotten some great suggestions. I'll just sit back and see what you come up with. #10701126

lisa anderson May 21, 2013

Hi, thanks everyone (Dale, you made my day!) i've gotten a little stuck on the editing, because i've been trying to do the first suggestion of using the recompose tool in photoshop-i found out that it's called the 'content-aware tool', and I can draw areas with it, but can't figure out how to apply it-there's no button coming up for that. Does anyone know? #10702131

Dale Hardin May 21, 2013

Sorry, can't help Lisa. The tool in elements works differently I believe. However, I can guess.

If your version has you select areas to save and areas that can go, then you will probably have a bounding box around the image when you are finished marking it. You then simply move the sides in, in the direction you want to make the change.

In the case of this image, you would move the bottom up. #10702170

Peter W. Marks May 23, 2013

You sure get around Lisa! Thank you for showing us yet another place that we will probably never visit. #10703902

Beth Spencer May 24, 2013

I really like the story this tells. I will wait and see what happens. #10704753

Michael Kelly level-deluxe May 25, 2013

Sorry Lisa I have not played enough with those tools to be a help. Many of them allow you to drag a selection and then just clicking outside the photo sets them or brings up a dialog box. Not sure about the tool you are talking about. PSE apparently has a totally different tool that was not in CS that allows a smart removal of an area in the center of a shot. CS has some very sophisticated smart fill tools but I have not played with anything but smart fill itself so I don't know the proper way to use them. #10706169

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