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Photo also taken during a procession in one of our villages in Malta.
These are modifications uploaded by other members of the photo above. Download the photo by right clicking Download Photo and clicking Save As.
Fantastic work ,well done.
A lovely picture that works very well in black and white. You have asked for critique though so:
There is a very distinct white line, particularly round the face, but also elsewhere, which indicates that you have been very heavyhanded with the sharpening. This feeling is enforced by the harsh white spots of light on the face and lips and the black and white speckles over much of the material. I suspect the photograph was quite sharp enough not to need this aggressive treatment.
The framing and exposure looks great so I wouldn't change that at all. With the exception of your last upload, this appears to be a new experiment in processing, which I personally don't like. It will be interesting to see what others have to say.
Wonderful work! Full of life.
Mario, you have the basis of a lovely portrait here and I think it would be very worthwhile revisiting your original image. The oversharpening is very apparent though. For portraits I sharpen after resizing but mask out the skin so that it stays smooth. Using high pass filter has a similar effect.
I have offered a mod with a slight increase in exposure, some cropped from the top to place the eyes closer to a third and then cleaned up the skin.
I hope you approve.
I've been trying to think of a way of saying this without sounding sexist but I'm not sure I can do it.
Some men, like Clint Eastwood and your shepherd, have worn, wrinkly faces that make them look tough and masculine. Emphasizing those wrinkles by sharpening (being careful not to over-sharpen) makes for a dramatic, masculine photograph. Women, on the other hand, are rarely flattered by having imperfections in their skin emphasized. Some women spend a lot of time with make-up trying to hide such imperfections; other women aren't bothered but still won't thank you for drawing attention to their skin.
Some photographers would even go as far as to edit out any lumps or blemishes on a woman's skin, either by softening or airbrushing. That can create a somewhat artificial look and isn't very true to life, so you might not want to go that way for a general portrait such as this; after all, it's not a make-up advert. But it's still best not to sharpen the skin -- it's fine to leave the blemishes in but best not to actively emphasize them. She doesn't want to look like Clint Eastwood.
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