Photographing Mannequins in Albuquerque

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

You know how it is: You drive by something and say to yourself, “I’ve gotta make a photograph if that” but somehow you never get around to it.

When I was in Albuquerque with Mary a few years ago and we drove past this clothing store with all these mannequins outside, Mary said, “you gotta take a picture of that.” When we drove by the store later in the day, the store was closed and the Mannequins had been taken inside. But I persevered, so the next time we were in the Nob Hill area, we made a detour and the mannequins were outside but it was a very busy day with lots of pedestrian and automobile traffic.

I managed to make two shots, one in black and white for whatever reason. The original is shown at right. Exposure was 1/640 sec at f/9 and ISO 320, which looks a bit underexposed to me.

But it was only when we got back home that I decided to re-imagine the image,by first making it level—and as I look at it now, I could have done a better job of composing—then I used Topaz Lab’s Adjust ($49.99) plug-in to tweak to the finished image to achieve what you see above.


Along with photographer Barry Staver, Joe is co-author of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s now out-of-print but new copies are available from Amazon at collector (high) prices or used copies for giveaway prices, less than seven bucks, as I write this.