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A bit gruesome, this one. I did ask his permission before shooting although most do not mind. Whitby Goth week. The trouble some of these people go to.

EOS 7D with 18/125 OS Sigma. 1/250 @ f8 with flash fill from Sigma 530 DG Super gun on camera with diffuser. ISO200.

Quite a bit of work with dodge and burn tools and a drain pipe cloned out.

Paul

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:18/125 Sigma OS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Happy Chap.
Username:paulbroad paulbroad
Uploaded:15 Nov 2012 - 8:32 AM
Tags:Goth, Make, Man, Portraits / people, Up, Week, Whitby., Woman
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parob
parob e2 Member 4parob vcard France72 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 1:52 PM

Ghoulish photography as it should be: scary! He is perfect, if this can be said, and in a well-balanced composition, though her facial features seem a bit flat. This introduces a problem regarding her scary skin problem. A little more zing against the black background might have helped. Paul

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 3:57 PM

I see your point, but had left her like this so as not to introduce two subjects and keep her secondary. what do others think?

Paul

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strokebloke
15 Nov 2012 - 5:50 PM

In my opinion, you're right to concentrate on the male, Paul.
He has all of the features ~ the eyes, the beard, the skin texture, the wounds. He's certainly full of character SmileTongue
She's there, but foreground material. Her face is obviously made up to look lifeless

You're brave going near enough to ask permission to photograph. I'd have kept well away GrinGrin

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parob e2 Member 4parob vcard France72 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 3:24 PM

You are obviously right, Paul. I updated my monitor's resolution to have better access to all the varieties of black. Now her face turns greyish, greener in fact, and the red blotches appear distinctly. Paul

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iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 4:03 PM

You promised us Goths!. Good capture, a fairly hard hitting image. I don't mind the lady goth overlapping the man at all. She adds to the atmosphere of the image. Does not matter if her face is green, white or grey, she's a Goth. His eye contact makes the photo.
Judging from their apparent ages they must have been Goths from the start, pity his beard wan't black!
Ian

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 5:30 PM

Hello Paul,
Excellent shot. The colour and detail is on the main figure are excellent.. I do like that he was in a dominant position, made a great contrast with the woman, very good 'counterpoint' in a kind of way.... I just had an idea.. what about portrait crop? I had a look, maybe a bit kind of "deadly" and boring...I'll show you anyway.. I don't know anything about portrait.
BTW, thank you very much for your good advice about the bird.
Jas.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 2:24 PM

Think you are right, Jas. Adds a bit more impact going square.

Paul

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