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Portrait of Marcin, a friend of ours, taken in one of the nicest pubs in Toruń, Poland, during our last visit over there, last year. The guys were playing chess and I was trying to capture the atmosphere of our meeting Smile
I'm really unsure about this one and might get tempted to delete it. I like it because I think its mood fits Marcin very well, just sums up what kinda person is he. No clue if it's any good for someone who doesn't know him though. Would really appreciate a honest critique.

Thank you for your time.

Judge after seeing the large version, please Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:game
Username:Milla Milla
Uploaded:7 Apr 2008 - 6:35 PM
Tags:Chess, Digitally manipulated, General, Man, Milla, Portrait, Portraits / people, Pub, Toruń, Turn
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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
7 Apr 2008 - 6:38 PM

A good study of his concentration

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 739 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2008 - 6:50 PM

I think its great, as Alan says the concentration is all there its not posed. I like the cigarette too.

Best Matt

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 646 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
7 Apr 2008 - 7:19 PM

A wonderful piece of work, great study

Dave

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luxaeternam
7 Apr 2008 - 8:58 PM

The selective focus here really accentuates how focussed he is on the board.
Smile Lucy

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2008 - 10:11 PM

It works for me. I like the way his concentration extends to the tips of his fingers. The colours are mellow and nicely desaturated, and it helps that it is such an attractive chess set too.

Eric

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2008 - 10:52 PM

I think its a great candid Milla, you have captured the concentration well

Bernie

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kitsch
kitsch e2 Member 8425 forum postskitsch vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2008 - 11:39 PM

i like the concentration too... and love the desat colour and blur, i would defo not take this off!

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rolandiapari
7 Apr 2008 - 11:49 PM

lovely portraiture and beautiful post processed,... Rolan

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Rylands
Rylands  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 12:28 AM

Great image- you can feel the tension in the scene
Ray

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samsalt1
samsalt1  734 forum posts4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 2:22 AM

It comes across very well, excellent use of dof.

Sam

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Artois
Artois  8405 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 11:35 AM

I think this is a good capture of intensity of expression.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2801 Constructive Critique Points
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Its a very good shot without knowing Marcin!

Composition of very good, - theres a diagonal from his eyes down through the board to the corner; the board and his pose make 2 triangles; the chess pieces are unusual, and you featured them well; the exposure is good enough to capture the reflections in the chess board; the desaturated colour lends a slightly dark mood to the shot, but with just enough for the yellow crown on the king to stand out; the blur does focus the attention, but it also suggests movement, - looks like a motion blur to me?

Willie

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JONTHELENS
8 Apr 2008 - 6:40 PM

good all round,well taken.

jon

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Milla
Milla  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2008 - 2:12 PM

Thanks everyone, guess I can send it to Marcin then Smile
As far as I remeber, there was a bit of motion, radial and smart blur mixed together, Willie, finished with a touch of blur tool set on 'darken' mode.

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photophantom
9 Apr 2008 - 2:48 PM

Check mate!
Dennis

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 8:21 AM

I must admit that I find portraits hard to critique. With landscapes you can look at the composition, rule of thirds, quality of light, foreground interest, lead-in etc, but with portraits I just think "does this look right". And this does. Your post-processing has enhanced the shot and your friend can only be pleased with the result.

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User_Removed
11 Apr 2008 - 2:51 PM

...think its great!.... excellent portrait!

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Sahyadri
Sahyadri  661 forum posts India2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 5:49 AM

i like it. the expression is caught so well.

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