Looking at life through the lens

Tell Me Tuesday – Photo 4

Tell Me Tuesday features one or more of my photos with information on how it came to be. How and where it was taken, technical information, and if any post-processing was done will all be shared.Sometimes before and after shots will be shown.

Then it becomes your turn to critique the photo (don’t worry, I have a thick skin) which can be anything from “I like/don’t like it” to a discussion of how you might have handled the same shot and/or done something differently. Since this is art, anything you like or don’t like is valid. And while I enjoy your praise, it is only your constructive criticism which can help me continue to grow as a photographer.

And finally, you will be given the opportunity to join in with your own Tell Me Tuesday post. It can be any type or topic you like. You don’t need to be an advanced photographer, just someone who takes photos. You don’t need a fancy camera. You don’t need to share the technical data if you don’t want … just how and/or why the photo was taken. We would all love to hear your story. Simply add your link below (and feel free to grab the logo to use in your post).


You wouldn’t think so, but every Labor Day Weekend, right here on Staten Island in New York City, we hold a county fair, complete with all the fun, games and food that you would expect. This photo was taken at the most recent one.

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 55 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

It was necessary to have a fast enough shutter to stop the action and stop it at an interesting time – and there were many shots taken that didn’t quite do that. I also needed to set the aperture small enough to produce enough depth of field to account for the postion of the cyclist. This shot did, but still needs quite a bit of work before it can be considered a finished photo. (Note: I was working handheld and did not use a tripod.) There is a lot of unnecessary “stuff” in the photo, such at the photographer at the right, as well as some exposure/contrast adjusting that is required. The RAW photo was brought into Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop and the adjustments were made. This is the result …

I set the exposure type to landscape, opened up the shadows a bit and de-emphasized the highlights to bring out the green in the ramp and the sign on the side of the ramp. Clarity and Vibrance were slightly increased and then the photo was cropped to eliminate all extraneous material and focus strictly on the cyclist as he flies through the air.


So now it’s your turn to critique these photos. 

Also, add your Tell Me Tuesday post to the links below. I look forward to seeing your photos and reading the stories behind them.


Comments on: "Tell Me Tuesday – Photo 4" (1)

  1. I really like what you’ve done with this one!
    It looks fantastic, great action shot and nice editing.


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