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I am returning to the shots I took at the Duxford Flying Legends display for today, but with a bit of a twist.

I have applied my 'cigarette card' processing to this one to make a companion shot to the one of a few weeks ago which can be seen here.

I think I would lean towards the previous one in terms of expression, but this one has less of the historical inaccuracies (he is stood in front of an american aircraft this time).

Welcome any comments you have on the processing effect.

Thanks for looking.

Neil

Camera:Pentax K10D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Sigma EX 100-300mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Come back in one piece
Username:javam javam
Uploaded:22 Aug 2007 - 10:30 AM
Tags:Air, Aircraft, Duxford, Flying, Mechanic, People, Period, Person, Pilot, Planes, Portrait, Portraits / people, Show, Transport
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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2007 - 10:40 AM

Overall composition and content very good Neil. Maybe the guy's face is a bit dark and overcooked though. Could perhaps do with a more subtle approach on the face IMO.

Just looked back at the previous shot and that had a similar face treatment but I really like that one. So I'm contradicting myself a little. Be interesting to see what other comments you get on this one.

Confused of Birmingham Smile

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javam
javam  101083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2007 - 10:43 AM

Thanks Dave. The light was a little more harsh in this shot, so that may be why it does not seem quite as balanced, but I have tried to match the processing as closely as possible so it should be pretty close to the previous one.

As you say, we will see how it goes.

Thanks

Neil

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Tandberg
Tandberg  111218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2007 - 10:46 AM

i think the work done is good Neil if i'm being honest..
Kind of adds an aged feel that works well with for the shot....
SO well done
Dave

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glenalva
glenalva e2 Member 8324 forum postsglenalva vcard Scotland
22 Aug 2007 - 11:18 AM

I like this every bit as much as the other one........brilliant work again.

Al Smile

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javam
javam  101083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2007 - 11:53 AM

Thanks Dave, Al.

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Alberto_Bolocan
22 Aug 2007 - 12:12 PM

Great portrait (and message)!

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justin c
justin c  104527 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2007 - 12:58 PM

Works very well indeed.

Justin.

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wamp
wamp  8276 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2007 - 2:36 PM

I like this and I think the treatment works well for this type of shot. The comp is spot on too with the propeller

Sean

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2007 - 5:04 PM

Looks like a shot from the past, love the work up! Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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kinfatric
kinfatric  10550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2007 - 5:55 PM

i would ditch some of the blacks and he has a slight halo although I think the latter may be intentional, overall a good effect

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javam
javam  101083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2007 - 7:26 PM

Thanks Alberto, Justin, Sean, Greg and Brian.

The out of focus bits have a halo Brian, but he should not have had any. I think it more a lack of accuracy with the dodge tool on my part that has boosted some of the clouds around his head.

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Hoffy
Hoffy e2 Member 9222 forum postsHoffy vcard England16 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2007 - 11:17 PM

This is a good candid shot.

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keith_yorkie
24 Aug 2007 - 10:36 AM

Like the composition, looking out of the photpgraph suits the title!!!!

Keith....

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thewaiter
thewaiter  131177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2007 - 10:39 AM

I love this desaturated/ rugged look..... easy to do ?

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keith_yorkie
24 Aug 2007 - 10:44 AM

This has that nostalgic feel which you can often find with re-enactors. Like the composition, him looking out of the photograph suits the title!!!!

Keith....

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MediumSizeUnavailable

about time I made a visit Smile
This is great. fab colours. thought from the normal version that his face was slightly too dark, but in the large one everything comes together just right

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javam
javam  101083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2007 - 8:12 PM

Thanks Paul, Keith, Kevin, Koen.

Kevin, the rugged look is not too bad. I use repeated passes with the shadow/highlight tool followed by levels adjust to give the fake 'HDR' look that does not really look like HDR but was popular earlier in the year. Then some dodge, burn and contrast tweaks.

Desaturation is fairly easy. You could desaturate using hue saturation, but I have found it easier for these pictures to create a black & white adjustment layer and then fade that.

Basically I experimented on the first one and repeated on this.

Koen, yes the small one is a little off key for some reason, thanks for looking at the large version.

Neil

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Rune_andersen
25 Aug 2007 - 9:02 AM

Realy like this shot and the guy realy looks like a some charectorSmile

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firzhugh
firzhugh  9 New Zealand
27 Aug 2007 - 5:57 PM

great portrait, love the composition

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thewaiter
thewaiter  131177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2007 - 9:24 PM

Thanks for the insite Neil, keep up the great work

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imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2007 - 5:21 PM

A nice period feel to this

Bernie

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liparig
liparig  10233 forum posts United States
29 Aug 2007 - 5:44 PM

Super portrait love the way you composed it, glad to be 30th click
Joe

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