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This old chap sells food for the fishes of Naini Lake at Nainital, Uttarakhand (India).

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Aug 2011 - 1:39 AM
Focal Length:165mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.9
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:+2
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Some blacks and greys
Username:alakananda alakananda
Uploaded:5 Mar 2012 - 3:53 PM
Tags:Black white portrait, Black & white
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debu
debu  4 India
5 Mar 2012 - 4:15 PM

Excellent image that works really well in B/W.
debu

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mugshotmyk
5 Mar 2012 - 4:24 PM

In truth, though I like the picture, it would have had much greater impact had you bent low and took the shot upwards into his face. Having said that, I do believe you have a talent and agree that this is a good b+w image.

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mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 6:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Alakananda,

I have to agree with the above with regards to this image working in B&W and I think you have captured him very well. Personally I would have liked the highlights down a touch and the lines on his face enhancing more (see mod). I have probably overdone the mod but it will give you an idea of what I mean.

Well done Alakananda, good capture.

Take care

Martin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 7:18 PM

This could have been superb, but you have quite a few blown highlights. The contrast is quite high - is it so in the original. I suspect some over exposure, but a correct exposure would have given you a very dark face. However, lightening shadows is possible, putting detail in highlights is difficult.

Paul

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alakananda
5 Mar 2012 - 7:45 PM

Thanks Martin, Paul and Mugshotmyk. Martin the mod was helpful...in fact I too felt the lack of lines on the face, but now I know how it could have been done.

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alakananda
5 Mar 2012 - 7:46 PM

And thanks Debu for the appreciation.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2012 - 11:04 PM

This is a very nice shot except that overexposure has caused his beard and, to a lesser extent, the side of his nose, to turn into a solid block of white. I suspect that may have happened while you were adjusting the contrast after converting to black and white, since the scene doesn't seem to be particularly strongly lit. The shot would be even better if he was glancing up at the camera but it works well as you have it: I assume he's tending to his stall.

You can emphasize the lines on his face by sharpening. A general sharpening of the whole image will probably do the trick -- use unsharp mask, with radius about 0.7, clipping 0 and strength enough to have an effect but not so much that you get pixellation of his hair and haloes at high-contrast edges. If that doesn't do enough for his wrinkles, freehand select the area you want to work with, feather the selection by, say, 10 pixels and sharpen again with a higher radius, say 3 or 4. You'll probably need a much lower strength at the higher radius.

Dave.

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alakananda
7 Mar 2012 - 4:31 AM

Thanks a ton Dave!

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