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A Black and White conversion taken at a recent Jazz Festival where the lighting was extremely low and I wanted to try and capture the atmosphere as well as the blurred hand strumming movement while trying to keep the rest of the image in focus and still. Also did not want to use flash.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF135mm f/2L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jun 2013 - 11:19 PM
Focal Length:135mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Aperture:f/2.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:2000
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Guitar Solo!
Username:briantjjones briantjjones
Uploaded:18 Jun 2013 - 12:41 PM
Tags:Black white portrait, Instuments, Music, Portraits / people
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 1:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A good capture, well composed although it would have been better to include all his feet.
Makes a good BW study.
I've done a mod where I have lightened the shadows and cropped a little from top.
Just lightening the face might have been better.
See what others think,
regards
Ian

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 2:19 PM

Couple more mods trying selectively lightening of face and increase in contrast.
Ian

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briantjjones
18 Jun 2013 - 2:52 PM

Ian, Thanks for the mods they have made a difference. Regarding the feet, unfortunately there were some folks standing at the front and their heads covered the bottom of the feet, hence the crop which looked better than having the tops of heads showing.

Cheers, Brian.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7453 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1030 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 3:52 PM

Like it a lot, good choice of shutter speed. Precision in the left hand (control), motion blur in the right hand (rhythm). And the shadow over the face means that it's the hands that we are looking at - just occasionally hat brims can be useful.
Tops of heads are a pain in a shot like this. Was there any possibility of cloning in the toes and cropping a bit lower?
Moira

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banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2894 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 5:10 PM

Excellent. The mod isnt great, tried to give him toes, but the left (our left) foot must be on some sort of step, so invented one.



Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom858 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2013 - 9:24 AM

I would crop in or zoom in much closer to the top half of the body . Crop to near the top of his head, then up to just below the guitar. That is where the image is. I find myself looking at the surroundings, not the musician.

Paul

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dudler Critique Team 11125 forum postsdudler vcard England330 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2013 - 9:03 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I entirely agree that flash is completely out for this sort of shot: it gets a picture, but at the expense of ruining the atmosphere for everyone (and getting a crap shot).

It's also true that including the feet or cropping tighter would be interesting and productive ideas: but there are limits at live venues!

I have one disagreement: the light wasn't bright, but not THAT low. 1/60 at f/1.4 and 12,800 ISO is getting there, but f/2 and 2,000 ISO is sheer luxury!

AS fro the dark face: I can view this as part of the lovely atmosphere of the shot. It looks right!

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briantjjones
20 Jun 2013 - 10:07 AM

Folks,

I really appreciate your comments and suggestions. This type of photography is totally new to me and I really enjoyed experimenting with the light and not having to worry about using flash. A bonus was the music was great as well.

Thanks again, Brian J

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