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This one is from the Goa trip over the weekend, this old Matriarch of the family sells jewellery and trinkets with the whole family in tow, including daughter in laws, sons and grand sons and daughters..the look on her face despite her age is one of intelligence and knowledge...V2 is the original, V1 is the conversion using Silver Efex

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:135mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Matriarch
Username:devlin devlin
Uploaded:28 Mar 2011 - 4:23 PM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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28 Mar 2011 - 5:00 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Fine portrait - I find the mono a bit too 'Metallic' - would have liked to see a straight black and white conversion. A

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devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2011 - 5:28 PM

Thanks Arthur, have uploaded V3 based on your suggestion with a red bias .

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devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2011 - 6:01 PM

Thanks Malc Smile

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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2011 - 9:11 PM

V1 is the most impressive but hardly natural. It looks to have a very strange tonal range which I'm not sure about. If going for high contrast I would prefer a standard mono conversion, then boost contrast although your presented image is effective. The colour original is underexposed by about a stop at least and v3, the mono conversion, needs rather more contrast to give impact.

Paul

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Jestertheclown
28 Mar 2011 - 9:44 PM

Hi Prabh,
As you point out, this lady's face could tell a thousand stories!
V1's too much for me. I find it looks overprocesssed. I like the coloured original but for me it has to be V3.
As Paul has said, it could do with a little more contrast but I think it works really well.

Bren.

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Philo e2 Member 472 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2011 - 7:08 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Prabh, V1 is certainly striking but I feel you may have got a bit giddy with the sliders in Silver Efex. Wink
The shot overall is not under exposed but she does need more light on her face. I wonder if fill in flash may have helped?
I have had a go at rectifying this in my mod and converted to mono using the channel mixers.
A good candid of a great looking character.
Phl

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devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2011 - 8:29 AM

Thanks Paul / Bren appreciate the feedback

Phil yes i think i may have got over excited with the sliders Wink. especially the structure one Grin..i think fill flash would have worked , the mod looks great thanks Smile

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devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2011 - 10:04 PM

Thanks Frank Smile

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Devon_Wild
30 Mar 2011 - 8:01 AM

Excellent images Prabh, a very wise old woman I am sure. I too think that V1 has been over worked a little. V3 for me......................Rob

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devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2011 - 3:05 PM

Thanks Rob Smile

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