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I shot this on a photo-walk in Gozo, Malta's sister island. I caught a glimpse of this man working in his garage and asked him if he minded me taking a picture. "Unfortunately" he posed for me, whilst I would have much preferred if he kept working. However I still feel the image portrays the character in his element, despite being posed. Hence, I wanted to share this here for comments, critique and if you feel like it, mods!

Thanks,

Alistair

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Mar 2014 - 4:13 PM
Focal Length:17mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:In His Element
Username:alistairfarrugia alistairfarrugia
Uploaded:10 May 2014 - 8:08 PM
Tags:Environmental portrait, Garage, Gozo, Man, Portraits / people, Wood, Worker, Workshop
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Teaka53
Teaka53  1 England
10 May 2014 - 8:14 PM

I like this, the detail is wonderful, a craftsman in his element as you say

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1613 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2014 - 6:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the workman in his environment, Alistair, with all of those tools in the background, and the large wheel on the left, as well as the mucky old chair in the foreground. No frills here.

You invite modificatios so I had a go.
I cropped the image and added canvas to the bottom, using the rule of thirds as a guide and giving the chair legs a bit more breathing space. I then just made a few adjustments in Levels to help make the important elements stand out - the man, the wheel on the bench, the wheel in the foreground and that glorious chair.

Pamela.

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 2164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2014 - 9:09 PM

Thanks Pamela, interesting points raised and a good mod. My only gripe about the mod is that maybe his face is a bit too close to the topmost edge now. Otherwise I like it. In particular, I'm impressed by how the bottom part of the front-wheel still seems to retain a good shape despite the stretch/transformation applied on it. I would probably not have picked up the change if you hadn't mentioned the added canvas at the bottom.

Correct me if I'm wrong, was your focus more on bringing the chair to the fore, as opposed to the workman?

Thanks!!

Alistair

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1613 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2014 - 6:04 PM

The man will always be your focus, Alistair, but some of the things around him are so interesting, like the tatty old chair, I just like it being in the foreground and a feature of the image.
Pamela.

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