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thias was taken at a 1940s weekend , i just thought he was looking for spitfires, i turned it to mono to give it a nice feel

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Oct 2012 - 12:20 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:looking skywards
Username:brian7d brian7d
Uploaded:5 Oct 2013 - 9:29 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2013 - 9:37 PM

There's a nice contrast in the angles and the expressions, tightly contained within an almost claustrophobic-feeling frame. Good timing and composition.
It looks as though you've isolated the faces, presumably to replace or simply blur the background, and it's left a hard outline around the background profile in particular. That needs softening a wee bit, otherwise it looks like a cut-out. Otherwise good - and a really satisfying, atmospheric b&w conversion.
Moira

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41202 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2013 - 9:53 PM

As above.....good "feel" to it, but more care with selections. Not sure about the cigarette either, it stands out too much, probably due to the aforementioned.

Unfortunately for him, the Hauptsturmfuhrer has lost his "Totenkopf" (death's head) insignia from his cap!

Nick

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2013 - 9:55 PM

Mod uploaded - I was looking at that cigarette, thinking it looks fake... So let's try without it.
These events fascinate me, I have never quite understood them. I bet these are insurance brokers or dentists in real life...

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 5 Oct 2013 - 9:59 PM

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2013 - 8:46 AM

This has a wonderful feel and quality to it and a slight air of menace.

Great positioning/comp too.

P.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2013 - 9:32 AM

This is excellent. My kind of strong portrait with loads of instant impact and the ideal subject for mono. An excellent conversion too. The cigarette is a sign of those times. Leave it just as it is.

An absolute winner.

Paul

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2013 - 12:27 PM

No objection ethical or otherwise to the cigarette per se, it's the way that it narrows slightly and then widens and grows out of the upper lip, rather than going into the mouth - that's from the way it was isolated from the background.

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mike0101
mike0101  10 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2013 - 11:32 AM

I would shorten the fag; will make it less prominent and more realistic too. Also the officer's left (from our view) eye is a bit dark? Otherwise very good and glad you're not afraid of juxtaposing 2 different subjects.

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