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Mr Wilson our local independent baker. A keen photographer himself, I fired a couple of shots off while we chatted.
I hope I captured his charm in his work surroundings.
Any help greatly appreciated.

Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Kit lens 18-55mm at 55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Flash:Bounced from SB700
Title:The Baker
Username:Timba_Limber Timba_Limber
Uploaded:12 Jul 2012 - 2:19 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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TeeCee
TeeCee  5 Scotland
12 Jul 2012 - 2:24 PM

Great shot, I thought it was Eric Clapton !

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Timba_Limber
12 Jul 2012 - 3:05 PM

Thanks TeeCee - Not Ginger Baker ? Smile

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 3:37 PM


Quote: Great shot, I thought it was Eric Clapton !

Same here.
Matt

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9710 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2671 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 5:05 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a nice shot. A small bit underexposed, it can do with being a little brighter. You have left a strip of white on the right when you cropped, easily removed, I would also suggest a tighter crop as in the mod. It is a pity though about his tongue, - an excuse for a return visit and another shot I think.

Theres no evidence in the shot that hes a baker, - so perhaps think about including some of the environment, or tools of the trade next time, might make a good image also.

Theres no exif data loaded that shows your shots settings, so I cant comment on your set up.



regards



Willie

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TanyaH e2 Member 11272 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom25 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 5:28 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Okay, I've taken a completely different approach ... maybe a bit radical Grin

It's a good character image but the background is very 'busy' and as Willie says above, doesn't really show a baker's environment, except the Hovis poster on the left hand side and I had to look twice to realise that's what it was. (Personally, I like the tongue - I think it adds a sense of humour to what could otherwise be a very worried looking baker!) Also, the colours in your shot seem quite saturated (might be my screen, although it is calibrated). As you don't say what aperture you used, it's hard to guess, but the background is neither in focus, or sufficiently out of focus not be distracting.

Soooooo ... I thought that with a face as full as character as that, I'd turn Mr Wilson B&W (see my mod). I also did a quite tight, roughly square crop, and took out the background completely. I added a very slight S curve to give Mr W a more gritty feel and boost contract a bit. It seems sufficiently sharp to my eyes, so I didn't do anything there. And yes, I did crop the ear on the left deliberately ... don't know why, just looked better for some reason than the whole ear *shrugs*

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 6:24 PM

A well composed portrait, but just a little under exposed. Easy to brighten in software. As an environmental portrait you need a bit more background related to baking, but otherwise well done.

Paul

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12 Jul 2012 - 7:34 PM

It looked over saturated to me also Tanya, but each colour is coming in without being blown beyond the 255 end. So I guessed a very sun tanned Mr Clapton!


The mono is a good idea too.


W

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pablophotographer
12 Jul 2012 - 7:54 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Mark,

I like the focus and the colours of Mr Wilson and his surroundings.
Being in a profession that deals with tastebuds (Mr. Wilson), I like his tongue being part of the photo. Being also a photographer too (Mr. Wilson), I don't think he would mind to be photographed again. He looks being caught off guard here , haha.

I think your image next time should be shot vertically. I can distinguish that Mr Wilson wears an apron, let everyone see it. The Hovis sign on the left allows us understand more of his profession, I can't read what the sign on the other side says. Wide aperture and flash used I think, but that has nothing got to do with his tan, lol.

It is a nice tribute to a working man, people run after celebrities nowadays.
For more inspirational photos on working class people see Milton Rogovin's website.

Best regards

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Timba_Limber
16 Jul 2012 - 1:27 PM

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment.
Apologies for not re-visiting earlier.

This was the best of three shots I took, and I'm afraid the tongue did get in the way, but it does kind of fit with his cheeky demeanour. He playfully berated me for using Nikon and not Canon.

I would like to take a few shots in the back with more of his work paraphenalia, but he's a busy man and I was reluctant to take up more of his time. Another visit would be great if he can spare the time. I just checked the aperture setting and it was 5.6, perhaps I should have used 35mm prime which allows f1.8, but hey I was only in the shop to order a cake for my wife to decorate.

I like both of the mods and I take what you say about the saturation and exposure, you've provided me with much food for thought.

Thanks again for your opinions.
Mark

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