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Pretty old now, testing out my new street portrait set up.

A tiny camera, the Fuji X10 and off camera flash, an odd set up, but fun.

Manual mode, shutter speed 1/125, aperture f5.6, flash off camera using a Strobies XS flash Bracket, fl50r, and a full sized beauty dish (the only really large reflector I have)

Another FL50R on the background using a red gel.

(Apologies for the really large water mark)

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Username:Paul Morgan Paul Morgan
Uploaded:22 Jan 2012 - 6:45 PM
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User_Removed
22 Jan 2012 - 6:48 PM

Looks like you're on 'Death row' mate.
Very sharp image Paul.
Hope you're well. Wink

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314978 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 7:05 PM

Sent you a PM Gerry Smile

I`ve just started a new project, got the idea after hearing about international day for the disappeared, so doing loads of street portraits of people with straight faces Smile

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 22 Jan 2012 - 7:08 PM
miptog
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 7:14 PM

Not quite sure what critique you are looking for, and what look you wanted in the photo, or simply just testing the lights.

Pretty impressive portbale lighting setup, and a good result. Shot is sharp and well exposed. Light seems to tend towards the harsh side, and a few specular highlights. Either bringing the light closer, or perhaps using a sock would likely soften these.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314978 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 7:25 PM

Cheers thanks, yes the lighting a little strong/harsh here, on the street its not quite so, mixed with natural it simply adds a little fill and although the setup looks a little odd, it works well.

No remark on the water mark, its working then Smile

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314978 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 7:51 PM

Thanks for the mod Mike, love the stronger reds, makes me look more "Knocking Shop Bouncer" than death row inmate Smile

My other reason for putting this up is "hidden water marks" Mikes had a little inside help, all good fun.

So download, find, then destroy the water mark and upload as a mod.

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2803 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 8:23 PM

Very nice shot Paul. Like that mystery copyright, - well done.

For me the skin tone is a tad yellow, so a quick mod. Theres a little thingy over your left ear (camera right, - looked like a hair, but I doubt it!




Regards



Willie

paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 8:25 PM

This is a strong image and actually looks like a full face prison record image - the watermark gives that effect. Yes, a mug shot. Hope that doesn't offend - I actually find it very well done, but that is what I 'see',

paul

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314978 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 8:34 PM


Quote: looked like a hair, but I doubt it!

Yes its a hair Willie, my clippers are well passed it Smile


Quote: the watermark gives that effect

That`s no water Mark Paul, its part of the t-shirt, you will have to delve a bit deeper to find that, then destroy it if you can, I have a Photoshop action, I put together that reveals all, but I`n not going to make it too easy for you all Smile

Jestertheclown
22 Jan 2012 - 8:43 PM

I've found it and removed it but I wasn't able to replace it with something witty!

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314978 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 8:50 PM

Yes but ruined the image in the process Smile


Quote: but I wasn't able to replace it with something witty!

Still keeping it invisible Smile

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 22 Jan 2012 - 8:56 PM
Jestertheclown
22 Jan 2012 - 8:54 PM


Quote: Yes but ruined the image in the process Smile

. . . I did do it very quickly and probably using the wrong tool!

gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 9:09 PM

Very interesting study.
-=\Walter

julesm
julesm  101698 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 9:13 PM

Great image, would have got a GEA from me Smile

Jestertheclown
22 Jan 2012 - 9:36 PM

On a serious note Paul (!), although I have no idea how you did this, I have heard of it before and so knew where to look.
I'll assume that it is possible to remove the mark without doing any damage? None of the mods. so far have quite managed it.
Either way, it's more impressive than putting your name in the corner!

Bren.

Jestertheclown
22 Jan 2012 - 9:54 PM


Quote: None of the mods. so far have quite managed it.

I'll take that back.
Having looked long and hard at the original, I can see it bleeding through very slightly and Wilie's mod looks exactly the same.

Eviscera
Eviscera  81098 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 10:16 PM

Ill get my best team on it Paul !


Smile

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314978 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2012 - 1:51 AM

@Dave Smile


Quote: Having looked long and hard at the original, I can see it bleeding through very slightly

Your eyes are better than mine then Bren Smile

The tricks to get it just about visable in the blue channel but not noticeable in the picture as a whole.

Jestertheclown
23 Jan 2012 - 10:55 AM


Quote: Your eyes are better than mine then Bren Smile

I'll bet they're not!

I'd read something about this a while ago, so I figured that the mark was concealed in one of the channels and found it easily using trial and error.
I didn't have a clue how you'd done it though (although I do now!)

In this image, it just shows up as a very slight mauve(ish) mark across the image against the shirt. At this size it's not that visible and had I not known it was there, I doubt that I would have spotted it.
Enlarged in Photoshop though, it's just about possible to read some of it.

During my search, I discovered another method of hiding a mark which also seems to work, so I'll upload something later on.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314978 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2012 - 10:07 PM


Quote: At this size it's not that visible and had I not known it was there, I doubt that I would have spotted it.
Enlarged in Photoshop though, it's just about possible to read some of it

The thing is Bren, if I had not pointed it out no one would have looked for it Smile

The thing I`ve never been able to understand is the number that post on the net, then complain if there work is used by somebody else, if its really that important don`t post, or water mark in some way so at least you can prove ownership, but in a way that does not ruin the image.

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 23 Jan 2012 - 10:07 PM
Jestertheclown
23 Jan 2012 - 10:35 PM


Quote: The thing I`ve never been able to understand is the number that post on the net, then complain if there work is used by somebody else,

Absolutely.

I suppose I'd be a bit cheesed off if I found that someone had used one of my images and was making money from it but I don't suppose there would be much that I could do about it.
I'm a firm believer in the theory that anything that you post on the net is "fair game" and therefore, disposable.

Having said that, I've got an image here, also watermarked invisibly. I produced it using a different method to yours and finding the mark requires a different approach.
I'll upload it tomorrow.

Bren.

ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2012 - 11:21 PM

great stuff Paul.

Ian

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314978 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 10:48 PM

Thanks

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