Captured on the street in Claremont, California last May. The scene played out on a weekend afternoon in a small plaza in front of the local bank branch/Starbucks. A quartet of street musicians were set-up and playing in the plaza. Other locals were standing or sitting on lawn chairs. The music was not memorable, nor were my shots of the musicians, but this trio did catch my eye.
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At the same time that Judy and I were taking a break from a photo walk in Riverside, California I captured a series of images of this trio also taking a break in the shade. The father had been trying to interact with his son, which I had captured in earlier frames, but the son seemed to have a very short attention span, and in this image the father has finally given up his efforts to engage his son, it would seem in frustration. (Which is only my interpretation, yours may differ.)
As I have refined (read improved with study and practice) my post processing skills I have looked back and given some of my images a second chance at life beyond my disk drive. This image was captured in September of 2010 when I was just beginning to explore HDR photography, and it did not make the cut in my mind as a color HDR to share with anyone. However I find the subjects and their positioning relative to each other compelling as a theme (the interaction of humans with each other and within the context of the environment they find themselves). I believe tableaus such as this are enhanced in the black an white medium. A book that I read 50 odd years ago has always stayed with me, with its compelling, classic image of people created by masters of the genre, “The Family of Man“. If you are enthusiastic about capturing images of people in life and you have not seen this collection of images, I urge you to get a copy of this book, it really had a profound effect one me in terms inspiring me to be a creator of similar images.
Processing this image was not complex at all. I converted the Nikon raw color files to .DNG’s in Lighroom, used Silver Efex Pro 2 to do the black and white conversion, using the Wet Rocks filter, tweaking overall exposure, contrast; blacks and whites a bit. Then applied a medium cyan tone and the black border in SEP. Used the adjustment brush back in Lightroom to slightly darken the street light in the background, do the sharpening and minor noise clean-up.