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This time i took a different shot, just up to the neck.

I now think i should have included bit of neck and shoulder part too, still i like the focus on face.

Some may comment on the fact that the top hairs are a bit cut off, but i took it on half zoom, and it was really difficult to capture whole of his head.
Lighting was very very dull, so i used high ISO and much slower shutter speed.
Any C&C will be appreciated Smile

PS: I thought i would upload a color version this time. Will B/W look better?

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Cyber-shot HX9V
Lens:sony lens g
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Jun 2014 - 10:09 PM
Focal Length:52.8mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.3
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/8sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Contemporary Potrait: 2
Username:IshanPathak IshanPathak
Uploaded:19 Jun 2014 - 6:15 AM
Votes:Voting Disabled

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2014 - 8:23 AM

must admit I preferred the mono version you did earlier..

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Coast
Coast Critique Team 61088 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2014 - 8:25 AM

Morning Ishan

A nice portrait and it works in colour. It would work as well in mono so just your choice how you want to present it.

The point of focus is on the lead eye (one nearest to camera) although it looks like the slow shutter speed has caused just a little bit of camera movement and lost the absolute sharpness you'd want and need.

The tight crop is fine however I'd also crop in on the right side to place him off centre and the space on the left side of the frame left for your subject to look across and into. It would provide better balance.

Other than that this is a good study.

Regards
Paul

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IshanPathak e2 Member 85 forum postsIshanPathak vcard India11 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2014 - 8:26 AM


Quote: must admit I preferred the mono version you did earlier..

I do too Smile

It was an experimental shot, as i like trying something different and am trying to learn portraiture of every length ( shoulder, neck, full body, 1/2 etc ) Smile

Thank you for your opinion Smile

Ishan

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IshanPathak e2 Member 85 forum postsIshanPathak vcard India11 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2014 - 8:30 AM


Quote: ) although it looks like the slow shutter speed has caused just a little bit of camera movement

I wont say my hand doesn't shake at all while photographing, but it may be due to the fact that he was on a chair and continuously rocking through and fro. I think i should have used a faster shutter speed in this case, but as i said light didnt cooperate Sad

Thank you for your critique Paul.
I didn't want to crop as i thought already it was too tight. But you are right, the off center placement would have been better.

Ishan

PS: Paul: Your mod, very different and i must admit mono with crop works great. Thank you very much Smile

Last Modified By IshanPathak at 19 Jun 2014 - 8:32 AM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2014 - 9:18 AM

You need the head more to the right to blance composition. Cropping top of head is no problem, neither would be cropping the back.

Not sharp enough. You must get the eyes sharp and ISO level or rocky chair cannot be considered by those evaluating, just the end product. Exposure and sharpness are the basic corner stones of photography for general use. Family photography has different rules and slight unsharpness, whilst not adviseable, can then be tollerated.

Paul

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digital_boi
19 Jun 2014 - 2:27 PM

Cutting the top of the head is not a bad thing it seems to be a thing that is in Vogue and I like the light in the eyes

Keep on

Graham

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10867 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2862 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2014 - 6:32 PM

Hi Ishan.

This is not bad. I thinks you are getting better, - but watch that shutter speed. I notice you had the camera steady, but also get the subject to stop rocking!

Hes watching TV, - is it soccer or cricket?

You can actually crop off most of his head, - its the face you are interested in, and you can even get away with s shot of only the eyes.

Did you use that fake Sony soft focus face finding software, or have you added blur yourself? The background will look best all blurred, rather than having that piece of curtain behind his head looking sharp, when nothing else is, so blur that area.

I uploaded a mod with very little head, just to show that it actually can work better. Also a toned mono, - as Paul says its a personal opinion.

I had to add a frame to get the image to comply with the site guidelines. I did the blurring, and sharpened his face, removing a small blemish.

Final touch was changing the blue catch-light in the eyes from I think a TV. I will try an eyes only mod shortly, just for fun!



Regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 19 Jun 2014 - 6:39 PM

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dudler Critique Team 11103 forum postsdudler vcard England312 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2014 - 11:24 PM

It's generally good to have a background that is as plain as possible, to avoid any risk of it competing with the subject, especially when it seems sharper than the subject, as it does here.

It's that choice things again: you should be able to chosoe which bits are sharp, and which are not - and use that to emphasise the thigns you want in the pciture.

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IshanPathak
IshanPathak e2 Member 85 forum postsIshanPathak vcard India11 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2014 - 1:39 AM

Thank you Willie and John for your comments Smile


Quote: Hes watching TV, - is it soccer or cricket?

Grin. Soccer, Fifa World Cup 2014.


Quote: Did you use that fake Sony soft focus face finding software, or have you added blur yourself? The background will look best all blurred, rather than having that piece of curtain behind his head looking sharp, when nothing else is, so blur that area.


I did it myself, using Soft focus but its range was very limited. Sad

Both of your mods are excellent, Thank you so much Smile

John:

I agree with you.It is, helpful to have a plain background. Ill make him stand by a white wall next time Grin

Thank you for your commentSmile

Ishan

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