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This is an image of a childs gas mask, notice the little balloon on the nose, I spotted on the back seat of a classic car. Taken as a RAW image and converted using Silver Efex Pro.

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Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:EF50mm f/1.8 II
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Aug 2012 - 11:58 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:The Forgotten Mask
Username:SnappyViking SnappyViking
Uploaded:25 Sep 2012 - 11:01 PM
Tags:Black & white, Ww2
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41227 forum posts United Kingdom202 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 11:20 PM

It's not necessarily a child's mask, it's a standard civilian issue mask, probably issued at the beginning of the war, in 1939. The 'balloon' is in fact the outward valve, allowing breathing out, but closing when breathing in, making air pass through the cannister. Earlier models had a separate cannister on a hose.
Some of the childrens' ones had a single eyepiece, and the babies' version included a shroud and had a bellows which needed to be pumped by an adult.

As far as the picture goes, it would be nicer to see all of the gas mask and not the thin strip at the bottom. As a study, it's fine...texture and lighting is ok. Maybe a little more contrast.

Nick

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 9:20 AM

Brings back memories and obviously it does to Nick as well. Here now youhahve an accurate description for your records to accompany this picture. I would think it was more than likely impossible for you to be able to adjust the positioning of this gas mask, otherwise I do feel there would have been a much better way of presenting it.

Any reason why your camera was set to "landscape" mode?

Frank

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2946 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 4:40 PM

In addition to the above, Ive uploaded a mod with more contrast, sharpening, an crop to fill the frame with the mask, combining both sets of advice as much as possible.



regards


Willie

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SnappyViking
26 Sep 2012 - 5:00 PM

Thanks Guys
Image looks a lot better in version 2
Not sure about the landscape setting.
I would have chosen portrait if I had noticed as I'm having trouble selecting the manual settings at this point.

Last Modified By SnappyViking at 26 Sep 2012 - 5:07 PM

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41227 forum posts United Kingdom202 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 11:52 PM

Rather than use scene settings, I suggest you use aperture or shutter priority, or even manual...you will learn much more quickly.

If you look at what goes wrong when you adjust various settings, you will quickly learn how to fine tune exposure, focussing and so on. It might be painful for a very short time, but it's the fastest way.

Nick

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Jestertheclown
27 Sep 2012 - 7:44 AM


Quote: [i]Rather than use scene settings, I suggest you use aperture or shutter priority, or even manual...you will learn much more quickly.[/i

Ditto.

In-camera scene settings are OK in certain circumstances but their scope is very limited.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom874 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 12:06 PM

Basically well seen and high ISO is often OK for mono. Would like to see the whole mask and you need more contrast, the grey tones are a bit compressed. An old room of the mono darkroom worker was to have a pure white, a fullblack and a range of grey between. In other words, set a black and white point.

Paul

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SnappyViking
27 Sep 2012 - 8:30 PM

Many Thanks for all your hints and tips - all taken on board and will give them ago at some point.

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