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Beyfal dress from Senegal

Beyfal dress from Senegal
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Copyright: Richard Fey (Riccardo5000) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 394 W: 36 N: 352] (1527)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-19
Categories: Artwork
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S1000
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 16:35
Viewed: 5986
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Once again, I was driving through San Francisco today and saw this woman in this amazing dress and turban, so I pulled my car over asked if I could take her photo. She was quite obliging and I was happy to capture such a wonderful cultural glimpse into African culture. I didn't realize until I was processing the photo how well the background wall "fit" the colors of her dress.

I did considerable sharpening and some cropping. I'm still not happy with the sharpness of my new camera and will almost undoubtedly return it, but I still think it captures the essence of this nice lady and her dress. We've had lots of sunshine in recent days in San Francisco, though we need rain.

Hope you like it.


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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To trekks: Hi Bill . . .Riccardo5000 1 01-27 13:54
To karith: Hi Karen . . .Riccardo5000 1 01-23 10:27
To seneca77: Good morning Bob . . .Riccardo5000 1 01-20 09:10
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Very colorful, and you're right about her dress and head covering standing out nicely against the wall. I also like the extreme vertical crop here, accenting the lines in her dress.

I'm not familiar with the Finepix S1000, but I think you might have gotten sharper results with a lower ISO value. You had it set to ISO 800 which, in bright sunlight, was way higher than it should have been. I would have gone with 100 to cut down on the noise level, which is especially evident in the woman's face. You mentioned that you did considerable sharpening, and - if oversharpened - could contribute to some JPEG artifacts. Especially for monitor viewing at the sizes allowed here on TL, a little sharpening goes a long way.

Make sure to re-size first, then sharpen using the unsharp mask filter. I usually go with values of 50/0.7/1.

On the other hand, the noise levels and less-than-pin-sharpness give the image the look of an older print.

In any case, well seen!

- Bob

  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2009-01-23 10:00]
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What a colorful capture, Richard, with one of your interesting stories to go with it:) With the wall providing its excellent backdrop for the woman's wonderful outfit, it almost seems like a photo shoot arranged in advance, and yet I can totally imagine you just hopping out of your car to ask her to pose for you...hehe. Fun and enjoyable, with good results. Thanks for the smile:)

  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-01-25 15:25]
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hi Richard

Great portrait shot, your best! I would think you should also ask her for a drink. Such a cute face with a great dress style.

tfs, bill

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