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Another from War & Peace Revival on Friday - the bright sunlight was really challenging. Comments and criticisms are welcome and thanks for looking.
Many thanks to Nezih and John for your UAs for Battle fatigue. Smile
Ann

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:EF70-200mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Jul 2013 - 11:44 AM
Focal Length:200mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture priority
Metering Mode:Pattern
Flash:Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Blinding sunlight
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:22 Jul 2013 - 10:09 AM
Tags:Cigarette, Portraits / people, Smoking, Soldier, War, War & Peace Revival
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franken
franken Plus Member 123393 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2013 - 10:14 AM

Excellent portrait Ann.

Ken

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NDODS
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22 Jul 2013 - 10:14 AM

He has a look of Clint Eastwood about him. A fantastic portrait, very well contrived Ann

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Badgerfred
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22 Jul 2013 - 10:14 AM

Super close up Ann, great expression,
Fred.

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NaturesHaven
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22 Jul 2013 - 10:15 AM

At first I thought it was David Beckham looking smart.............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Ade_Osman
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22 Jul 2013 - 10:15 AM

Given the lighting I think it's as good as it can be, think I'd do a mono version just to see if it worked any better though Ann......Good shot all the same.

Ade

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AnnChown
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22 Jul 2013 - 10:18 AM

Thanks Ade - just had a quick conversion to b&w and I think it'll work - I'll upload it later in the week perhaps. Smile

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CarolG
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22 Jul 2013 - 10:24 AM


Quote: At first I thought it was David Beckham looking smart.............GrinGrinGrinGrin

The same opinion as me Grin Carol

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22 Jul 2013 - 10:29 AM


Quote: At first I thought it was David Beckham looking smart.............GrinGrinGrinGrin

Seems a few of us thought the same...
A superb portrait Ann, well captured

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marktc
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22 Jul 2013 - 10:30 AM

Very nicely captured Ann, the light really makes this image... superb!

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Joline
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22 Jul 2013 - 10:48 AM

He certainly looks authentic....those rugged good looks certainly caught my eye!

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richmowil
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22 Jul 2013 - 11:00 AM

Stunning Portrait!! You have captured (played) a blinder AnnWink!!

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mrswoolybill
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22 Jul 2013 - 11:08 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You've made the difficult light the story, in a way. Like Ade, I wondered about b&w. The eyes could be tricky - you've lightened the shadows there, if you try a b&w you'll need to be careful about the area across the bridge of his nose where I think you'll get banding. The eyes work here because of the cooler greenish tone reflected from his hat over his brows. That tone is important, in the hat and the jacket, it balances the skin tones. Will be interested to see a b&w in due course.
Moira

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Irishkate
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22 Jul 2013 - 11:25 AM

I think this is an excellent low key portrait Ann.
You isolated him from the dark b/g and the neutral colours work well.
With males you can get away with harsher shadows than in a female portrait.
Moira makes some interesting points, so I'll be curious to see the mono too.
Hope a few portrait photographers give an opinion.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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22 Jul 2013 - 11:26 AM

like the textures in this image

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LynneJoyce
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22 Jul 2013 - 11:38 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

An excellent character portrait, very well captured. The harsh light makes the image, it explains his screwed up eyes and fully reveals (less than kindly) the texture of his skin and stubble. Nobody will be surprised to hear that I wouldn't go for black & white as I think the khaki uniform colour is important the the event. Instead I would go for a sepia tine that echoed that khaki.

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boov
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22 Jul 2013 - 11:44 AM

Great shot....

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nonur
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22 Jul 2013 - 12:14 PM

Simply, another SUPERB image. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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AnnChown
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22 Jul 2013 - 12:16 PM

Thanks everyone for your interest - and I've enabled mods, so if you can be bothered, be bothered!! Smile
Ann

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Daisymaye
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22 Jul 2013 - 12:25 PM

A great capture in such bright light. Think it's superb just as is. I think it would be interesting to see in b/w but feel colour will win over......Sandy

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RonnieAG
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22 Jul 2013 - 12:29 PM

What can I add to what has already been said: a fine shot and I agree with a;; the comments above, Ann.
Ronnie.

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morpheus1955
22 Jul 2013 - 12:47 PM

Superb portrait Ann, I like this a lot

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SlowSong
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22 Jul 2013 - 12:52 PM

I like this colour version. I think we need to see the difference between the khaki of his clothes and the red of his face. It puts him into context. I like the grey in the whiskers too. The harsh light suits him perfectly and his backward gaze is the perfect pose. The unlit roll-up is the final piece of this impressive jigsaw of a portrait.
Nice one Ann.
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Quoise
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22 Jul 2013 - 1:21 PM

Excellent work, a fabulous capture

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22 Jul 2013 - 1:22 PM

Could be Clint Eastwood, excellent portrait Ann.
Ron.

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hobbo
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22 Jul 2013 - 1:29 PM

A topnotch portrait that just oozes Character.

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mikbee
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22 Jul 2013 - 1:45 PM

Wonder light Ann.
Well coloured and detailed.
Super shot.
Mick.

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AnnChown
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22 Jul 2013 - 1:55 PM

Thanks for the mods Lynne - my favourite is v3. Smile

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22 Jul 2013 - 2:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very nice Ann. One thing that comes with harsh light and beards is sharpness with increased contrast. So need to sharpen just a little. I reduced harshness and sharpness in the mod.




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CaroleS
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22 Jul 2013 - 4:46 PM

Great portrait, excellent light and have to agree that a sepia toned version might be worth a try.

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22 Jul 2013 - 4:53 PM

An excellent image, Ann!

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22 Jul 2013 - 6:19 PM

A excellent portrait AnnSmile

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taggart
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22 Jul 2013 - 6:32 PM

You have caught the essence of having too much bright sun on ones face! Well done!

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andylea
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22 Jul 2013 - 7:10 PM

wonderful detail and light ann a stunner top shot Wink
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22 Jul 2013 - 7:22 PM

Good cropping and negative space Ann and it's good that you have gone for landscape format.Going to mono would change the whole concept and feeling that this image has. You end up with a hoodlum. possibly a sepia but I would leave it exactly as it is.

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22 Jul 2013 - 7:36 PM

Excellent portrait Ann, fabulous image.

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22 Jul 2013 - 7:41 PM

I detect a touch of topaz, and that touch works well, Ann. It's been dissected above but I like what you have produced... and very Beckhamesque.

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22 Jul 2013 - 7:48 PM

Agree with Lynne = you don't want to loose the military touch.. the light is very well taken. My suggestion would be a slight desaturation in the face.. !

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22 Jul 2013 - 8:49 PM

Excellent portrait Ann - colour works for me - can't see this being effective in mono.
Looks like Beckham !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! some peoples monitors must be really naff - perhaps it's his dad though.Grin

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22 Jul 2013 - 9:51 PM

excellent shot Ann
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Superb gritty Eastwoodesque image.. Works for me Wink

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23 Jul 2013 - 12:52 PM

A face full of character and the light is just superb Ann. The thumbnail looks like an oil painting.
Derek

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23 Jul 2013 - 3:30 PM

Gosh...I can't fault ANYTHING about the light, Ann. You've handled it so well! What a marvellous portrait.

BRAVO Smile

Andrew

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23 Jul 2013 - 8:29 PM

Well worked in the harsh light Ann
Regards Richard

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28 Jul 2013 - 12:59 PM

I think you've made good use of the strong light Ann and produced a shot full of character. paul

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31 Jul 2013 - 10:10 PM

What a terrific expression! Great stuff Ann
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Quote: He has a look of Clint Eastwood about him. A fantastic portrait, very well contrived Ann

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

I don't think so Nathan, my uncle Adie the Tomcat looks more like him, this fella isn't weatherbeaten and grizzled enough! A terrific portrait Ann, you've handled the difficult light perfectly

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