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Black and white is not something I dabble in very often, so I thought I'd try and stretch myself with a busking series in mono.
Any advice, constructive crit, or comments greatly appreciated. Always looking to improve.
Hope you're having a great hol. Thanks for looking, P, X
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Love the concentration on the ladies face,excellent mono and dof Patricia.
Beautifully captured, Patricia. Hope you had a good day yesterday. Carol
I like the diagonal crop on this it gives n extra dimension to the portrait.
Excellent angle and superb concentration
Intense concentration, soft lighting works with mono Patricia. Ron.
I like the subject and angle/composition very much. The DOF is spot on, but I feel the background distracts a little, reducing the impact of the image.
It's the OOF black blotches of the windows that are doing it!
I don't know if the shot was set up or candid (the lighting is spot on, so tempted to think it was set up) but with the B/W treatment the background could be less contrasty bringing out the subject a little more.
Cracking effort though.
Thanks Ian, Actually it was a candid in a town square in Portugal. Very strong sunlight reflecting off everything.
I did reduce the background contrasts, but perhaps you're right, a little more might have worked better.
I would have preferred to move a little to the right, but there was a great black lamppost that I couldn't avoid.
I'll put the original in the variations.
That just shows how wrong I can be!!
I really like what you have done with V1. Shows so much concentration.
Great photo, version 1 for me.
This is an excellent conversion Patricia, and the crop is also well done, removing much of the background.
I dont see any issues at all with the blurred background, - perhaps it an issue of monitor calibration. I also wish that lamp post wasnt there!
V1 is so much more personal
well i have read the above and looked at both versions, in my opinion, the colour version fades into insignificance beside the excellent mono version. in V2 the colour, the background distract from the strength of the portrait and remove significance from the main focal area including the powerfully placed neck of the guitar,
in colour, the guitar case, details in the paving, row of people all attract too much attention as they are sharper and in contrasting colour.
In V1, the mono conversion, excellent in its own right had been supplemented by the softening of the background and a tighter, more effective crop which concentrates attention on the beautifully arranged triangular composition of the eye to frets , down the neck of the guitar and back to the face,
This is a classic case of taking something ordinary in the camera and turning it into something special, i hope it scores high.
i like th e dof field youve done like the corner shot
Quote: in my opinion, the colour version fades into insignificance beside the excellent mono version.
I'm with Phil on this. I loved the image from the thumb nail but seeing the original makes the conversion all the more impressive. A well observed moment complemented by excellent processing has made this a stunning candid in my mind.
This is a lovely shot and I am glad to be number 30! Congrats on the RC.
I like both shots,but i prefer the b/w as this one makes the girls hair and face stand out as it does the fingering,concentration,expresssion,candidness and the b/g does not detract from the musician.Great angle,dof and presentation.take care,Ann
Oh Yes! the B&W for def!! works very well.
The colour original works well enough - but I think how clever to spot the potential for a tighter mono crop. So many of us would be happy with the original and not continue looking for perfection, which I think the B&W is.
It has superbly strong diagonals (I would have been tempted to get these working left to right by flipping the image - how sneaky is that?) - the mono treatment makes the eye linger on just the three key components: guitar head, hand and head and of course all three are completely interconnected. This make the image hugely powerful.
Great piece of work IMO
The mono version is by far the better interpretation Patricia. Well done.
Great 'study'.No1 for me.
V1 for me, superb mono - Jonathan
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