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Morris Shadow

By kevmor999
Shadow of a Morris Dancer

Converted to black and white in photoshop burnt in the shadows and took out a few marks on the floof. Then added a vignette to darken the corners

Tags: Shadow People Dance Black and white Morris dancers b & w

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2021 9:37PM
Hi Kevin, welcome to the Critique Gallery. You've been on the site for a good few years, I think this is the first time that you have ticked the critique button? I hope you know what we are about here. By ticking that button you forego votes and awards but invite more in-depth comment.

Morris-dancing... An everyday story of hanky-waving folk. I love it, I used to photograph it a lot, we had personal contacts with the local team. It's damn difficult to capture, it has a distinctly anarchist tendency; the dancers' limbs move a long way in a short time and when photographing them they always seem a lot longer than they actually are. This is an original take, very well done for looking beyond the obvious.

Shadows are also close to my heart, they can take on a life of their own as they pull away from their origins. This is a sort of alternative reality.

So all round, my seal of approval.

Settings - well for me this is a cut and dry case for shutter speed priority, but you obviously had very good light and ISO 100 and F/9 gave you a reasonably fast speed which coped. I'd rather stick to shutter priority and 1/500 or preferably 1/1000 second to be safe.

Given that this is slightly surreal I have taken a few liberties. I've uploaded a modification, you'll find it under the blue Modifications button, click on the number to open it. I rotated to upright and used extra canvass apace and Free Transform to stretch the shadow sideways and give it a bit more body. So to speak. A shadow is a fleeting illusion, so make of it what you want.

I also cropped a little from behind the back, space to move into is more important than space behind a subject's back.

I really like the inclusion of the real foot. That anchors the image to reality and thus emphasises the strangeness!
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
9 Jan 2021 10:10PM
Welcome from me, too, Kevin.

My favourite definition is that it's the world's least stealthy martial art...

There's a lot to like about this, and I'll disagree, slightly, with Moira: my Alpha 7 would have been set to Aperture, like yours, and I'd have had my 85mm lens on the front. It doesn't actually matter which mode you use, providing both aperture and shutter speed are in the right area. In bright light, both can be fine, as they are here.

You shoot at a very high standard, judging by your portfolio: so I'm not really sure what you are looking for from the Critique Gallery... Are there any specific questions or worries?

This shot's excellent, and the dancer's pose invites the sort of whimsy that Moira's rotated mod demonstrates.
9 Jan 2021 11:09PM
Thank you both for your comments hadn't thought of increasing the canvas size or rotating the image so thank you Moira. Not sure about the upright version but will look at it better my laptop.
Thank you Dudler. Was just looking to see what people thought of it and how it could be improved as it was something different from what I normally do
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
10 Jan 2021 8:50AM
Thanks for the response, Kevin.

If you tell us more about why, how and processing, we can help more, and without any puzzlement on our part. When you take your car to the garage, you don't just leave them the keys and say nothing: you would always say something - whether it's 'nothing wrong, just due for a service' or 'something's clattering under the bonnet' or 'it's suddenly doing more miles to the gallon - very strange' to give them a clue.

And we love a conversation!

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