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Tnaks for the advice for those who looked at the last posting - behind me now
This is posting is one of many shots I took recently of Daniel Thorndike who is now 90 years of age and is the son of Dame Sybil Thorndike and Russel Thorndike (actor and writer of Dr Syn) Daniel played in many films and plays one of which was Treasure Island where he played Captain Smollet. He told of many tales whilst filming with Robert Newton and Spike Milligan (he played Ben Gun)
He kindly consented to give my friend and I to take some pictures and gave us plenty of different shots in different dresses. This one is just one of many - we took the pictures in his conservatory and were taken without any flash using the backdrop which was on the wall (a drop of Monets garden).
I think that this backdrop is maybe a little busy - what do you think - modifications and CONSTRUCTIVE critique is welcome

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Canon 18-200mm IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Daniel Thorndike
Username:Ray42 Ray42
Uploaded:17 Sep 2010 - 7:25 PM
Tags:Daniel thorndike, Portrait, Portraits / people
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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2010 - 7:43 PM

What a wonderful opportunity for you and your friend. Love his outfit, and maybe a background that fits with the colours of the red scarf would work better
Helen

Last Modified By helenlinda at 17 Sep 2010 - 7:51 PM

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lonely_oryx
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17 Sep 2010 - 7:53 PM

The backdrop doesn't worry me at all. Great character study

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Techno
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17 Sep 2010 - 7:56 PM

What a grand gentleman and from such a dynasty, unbelievable opportunity for you both, the resulting image is beautifully captured, spot on focus with evenly placed light, not sure this bg is suitable though Ray, look forward to further postings with interest..
Mal

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lonely_oryx
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17 Sep 2010 - 8:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I have done a mod as follows

1. Increased contrast +8 and reduced brightness -15
2. Extended the canvas on the LH side and cloned in some of the BG. I felt he need a bit more space in front of him. (The cloning was done quickly so it is not quite right but will give you an idea).

Hope you like the mod

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EAS
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17 Sep 2010 - 8:05 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

What a great opportunity and an excellent portrait. Have no worries re the bg. He's not in front of the really "busy" areas and I think the tones match well with the Paisley Pattern in his cravat!

Ann

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franken
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17 Sep 2010 - 8:35 PM

I think the background is fine as it is. An excellent character study of this fine man.

regards
Ken

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imagio
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17 Sep 2010 - 8:39 PM

I like the bg Ray, it emphasises his profile more

Bernie

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72467 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2010 - 8:47 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Ray - great shot - I like the exposure as it is, and though the bg is slightly distacting, I have done a mod with a plain gradient bg.
I have also extended the canvas to the right, space to look into and all that.

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Ray42
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17 Sep 2010 - 8:56 PM

My thoughts too Andrew, but perhaps is it a little to plain, I am divided on what kind of bg

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pluckyfilly
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17 Sep 2010 - 9:09 PM

I liked the original posted by your good self Ray - its a superb shot I like it and will look forward to more - do post

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gary_d
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17 Sep 2010 - 9:30 PM

A nice portrait. - gary

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gregl
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17 Sep 2010 - 11:21 PM

Great character shot Ray. You have made the best out of the opportunity to take his portrait.
Greg

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72467 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2010 - 11:22 PM

Always one for a challenge - mod2 - some texture and vignetting...

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cassiecat
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18 Sep 2010 - 12:42 AM

as already said nice even light. i'm no good at replacing bg, wonder about mono for the bg which is brightened to make the gemtleman stand out more. think the mod with alitle more space works well.lesley

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CarolG
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18 Sep 2010 - 6:40 AM

An excellent portrait, Ray, but not keen on the background. Carol

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KevinWalsham
18 Sep 2010 - 7:57 AM

great detailed portait

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Rock
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18 Sep 2010 - 8:38 AM

Perfect as it is !

Rock

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colin63
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18 Sep 2010 - 10:15 AM

Lovely portrait Ray

Colin

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raygregson
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18 Sep 2010 - 11:11 AM

excellent portrait ray,well captured.ray

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NeilWigan
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18 Sep 2010 - 1:53 PM

great opportunity well taken your not going to refuse that for a, back ground.lovely shots and great write up Robert Newton still the best pirate.

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Maiwand
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18 Sep 2010 - 4:04 PM

An admirable shot Ray. I see nothing wrong with the colourful BG and I rather suspect that it would suit Daniel's character. Soft natural lighting via the conservatory has produced some fine flesh tones and given a lovey eye catchlight. Super.
Ron

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TonyWatson
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18 Sep 2010 - 5:11 PM

Nice portrait shot Ray ~ I personally like the background as is different from the conventional, but guess not to everyones taste.
Nice work
Doc

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maratsuikka
18 Sep 2010 - 5:49 PM

excellent work/mods,my friend

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Carrie_1
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19 Sep 2010 - 8:04 AM

Nice portrait, I like the background for me it would be just another pic if it was plain.
Caroline

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madbilly
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19 Sep 2010 - 10:45 AM


Quote: Nice portrait, I like the background for me it would be just another pic if it was plain.
Caroline

I agree whole heartedly, nicely done as it is in my opinion

regards

Bill

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Adderwatcher
19 Sep 2010 - 2:17 PM

Excellent portrait! i like the background, it adds some subtle colour.
Scott

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pamelajean
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19 Sep 2010 - 10:51 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

What a wonderful opportunity you were given to photograph this charismatic gentleman. I don't find the background a problem. You might like to consider desaturating it, either partly or wholly, or even blurring it, if it bothers you. However, I think he is a colourful character and, as such, the background looks fine.

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brownsilent
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20 Sep 2010 - 8:40 AM

A superb portrait, and I think the bg even suits the subject, well done!
Johanna

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nickyv32
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20 Sep 2010 - 8:45 AM

Great shot, super portrait Ray, like iy

Nicky

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goso
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20 Sep 2010 - 8:45 AM

A fine portrait as it is Ray - no need to change a thing...Bill

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Lillian
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20 Sep 2010 - 6:49 PM

That is such a good portrait and so many really good mods as well
so very well done
Lilian

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Jekaro
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20 Sep 2010 - 8:43 PM

A fantastic portrait, Ray, nothing wrong with the background in my opinion.
Roy

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LexEquine
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21 Sep 2010 - 1:54 AM

Excellent portrait capture & image rendering with fine color & clarity. Regards...Pietro

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Gray_ina
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21 Sep 2010 - 7:57 AM

Hi Ray missed this one somehow love the shot a cracker gray.

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FeatherFriend
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21 Sep 2010 - 5:11 PM

Lovely portrait Ray, have to say I rather like the mod by arhb with the plain BG and extended canvas,
Geoff.

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21 Sep 2010 - 9:10 PM

A super portrait shot with a great bg. I don't think you need any advice from me Ray, the conservatory is a great place for portraits. Good natural light. Great to meet you the other day too.

Paul

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photophantom
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22 Sep 2010 - 3:20 AM

excellent portrait Ray. Plenty of good mods and advices. My 2 cent is, you can easily blur the BG if it is too busy by your liking. Duplicate the image---Gaussian blur (adjust to your liking)--erase the Gaussian blur over the gentleman so that the BG will remain blur but the main subject is sharp ---flatten image.
Dennis

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22 Sep 2010 - 10:03 AM

Very nice portrait , well captured.
Allen,

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PeterLaw
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22 Sep 2010 - 5:29 PM

What a superb portrait shot.
Peter

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23 Sep 2010 - 1:45 PM

Wow this beautiful shot of someone with so much character in his face made me dig out an autograph album of my grandfathers which has some famous autographs-I remember there is a signed one by Sybil Thorndike circa 1915. Thanks for the reminder. Paul

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24 Sep 2010 - 6:26 PM


Quote: Perfect as it is !

Rock

I totally agree.
Really like this one.
Well done.
Robert

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25 Sep 2010 - 10:37 AM

A superb portrait...Jack

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Dave87
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26 Sep 2010 - 3:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

An excellent subject for portrait photography captured here with very nice lighting and the background works fine for me. Looking for constructive comments Ray. Portraits of people wearing top hats are extremely difficult to compose. By including the top hat in this portrait it brings the subjects eyes down to the centre line of the frame - not considered good in portrait photography - but one to break the rules. Works a treat.

Dave.

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27 Sep 2010 - 10:48 PM

Lovely portrait. You really have captured the essence of the man. And the backdrop suits the personality well in my view.

Sue

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3 Oct 2010 - 7:39 PM

An excellent portrait of this elderly gent, he looks a real character

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PhillipMinnis
31 May 2011 - 5:53 AM

A nice character portrait image! I don't mind the backdrop....I don't think it detracts from the image. Well captured!


Cheers

Phil

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