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Ted Szukalski

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Beautiful Girl Reading a Newspaper on a Train

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Late Friday afternoon. The train is really packed. I am sharing a 3-seater with another couple of big blokes. It is not a comfortable ride. By halfway I have read the MX back to front, read all the channel on Google currents. 

Ten minutes later the train finally empties out. I have the big seat to myself and … nothing to do. People get up and swap seats to get more comfortable for remaining 20 to 30 minutes of travel. On the seat opposite to mine a gorgeous girl, in a beautician’s outfit sits down and starts to read a newspaper.

I reach for my iPad and start taking photographs of her. I took perhaps as many as ten photos. Some quirky, as she draws some facial expressions probably to match her reactions to the articles she is reading,

So, do I post the usual candid¬†quirkiness? No, she is far too pretty for that. I seldom take photos of people because of how they look. I am more interested in “the moment”, capturing things they do and the expressions I can read from their involuntary poses. In case of this girl the photos is about her face, the chick bones, nose line, nicely shaped lips. Simply about her beauty.

  • Hi Objective, this is an iPad photo done with an app called “Camera Awesome”. It offers single touch effects like the one Old Sepia you see here and single touch borders. So, it is tap, tap and the image is ready. When I use dSLR I use Photoshop Lightroom for black and white conversions. Having said that I don’t think Mark’s comment was about this particular look, it was more on the subject of hand holding a shot at a very low shutter speed.

  • Objective

    Mark V, I think you are exaggerating the issue a little. There is such a thing as Photoshop, where images can be lightened, darkened, contrasted, sharpened, blurred, etc. I’m not pointing the finger at anyone in particular but Photoshop is the best friend of most photographers and this photo has been a little more than ‘touched up’.

  • Mark V

    @Geoff, did you look at technical details of this photograph? Exposure Time:1/15 sec at ISO 100 in a dim carriage of a moving train. Very few seasoned professionals could claim they can steady a pro SLR camera with a good grip down to such slow shutter speed, let alone an ipad. I have been involved in commercial photography for over 25 years and I know my hands were never that steady. 1/60s on a well lit subject – perhaps, 1/15s in dimmed environment – never. Composition, exposure, subject matter and presentation are spot on here too. In my opinion, if you do not like Szukalski’s photographs you should offer a more constructive criticism pointing out what it is that you dislike about them. @Mr. Szukalski – kudos for 1/15s – legend.

  • Geoff, guilty as charged – I am an amateur.

  • Geoff Davidson

    You should lump all these B&W photos under one title called “trying to take b&w photos and failing badly”. Really amateur stuff. Sorry but my 11 year old takes better with her point-and-shoot.

  • Hi Objective, this is an iPad photo done with an app called “Camera Awesome”. It offers single touch effects like the one Old Sepia you see here and single touch borders. So, it is tap, tap and the image is ready. When I use dSLR I use Photoshop Lightroom for black and white conversions. Having said that I don’t think Mark’s comment was about this particular look, it was more on the subject of hand holding a shot at a very low shutter speed.

  • Objective

    Mark V, I think you are exaggerating the issue a little. There is such a thing as Photoshop, where images can be lightened, darkened, contrasted, sharpened, blurred, etc. I’m not pointing the finger at anyone in particular but Photoshop is the best friend of most photographers and this photo has been a little more than ‘touched up’.

  • Mark V

    @Geoff, did you look at technical details of this photograph? Exposure Time:1/15 sec at ISO 100 in a dim carriage of a moving train. Very few seasoned professionals could claim they can steady a pro SLR camera with a good grip down to such slow shutter speed, let alone an ipad. I have been involved in commercial photography for over 25 years and I know my hands were never that steady. 1/60s on a well lit subject – perhaps, 1/15s in dimmed environment – never. Composition, exposure, subject matter and presentation are spot on here too. In my opinion, if you do not like Szukalski’s photographs you should offer a more constructive criticism pointing out what it is that you dislike about them. @Mr. Szukalski – kudos for 1/15s – legend.

  • Geoff, guilty as charged – I am an amateur.

  • Geoff Davidson

    You should lump all these B&W photos under one title called “trying to take b&w photos and failing badly”. Really amateur stuff. Sorry but my 11 year old takes better with her point-and-shoot.