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These are the eyes of a small garden ornament outside of a house in Holy Island: there was harsh sidelighting. The imp-like creature looked evil, and I have tried to capture the evil stare. I have lightened the eyes, and this is a considerable enlargement of part of the original image.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:18-270mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Apr 2013 - 2:33 PM
Focal Length:130mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.9
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Evil Eyes
Username:JawDborn JawDborn
Uploaded:10 May 2013 - 9:51 AM
Tags:Black & white, Close-up / macro
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7327 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom879 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 11:11 AM

I like the way you've cropped for the eyes. I might be tempted to go in tighter on the right, or alternatively to clone out that little patch of light behind the cheek - I find it a bit distracting. Will try a Mod - it will make a change from processing wedding pictures...
Moira

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rambler
rambler e2 Member 5412 forum postsrambler vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 11:32 AM

I shall resist any comment about self portraits Wink , I agree with Moira about the crop as it brings the eyes into dominance. well seen.

Ken

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JawDborn
JawDborn e2 Member 2687 forum postsJawDborn vcard England
10 May 2013 - 12:04 PM

Thank you for your advice, Moira,and for posting a mod. It's good to learn.
Thank you Ken for half your comment, although I'm a bit dubious about the first part.Grin

Jack

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103956 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 12:58 PM

Like the full frame it jumps out....like the mod too Smile Smile

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JawDborn
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10 May 2013 - 1:00 PM

Cheers, Jeff.

Jack

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2667 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 2:29 PM

For me, too grey, and can look more evil (thought it read Elvis at first!) with a more contrasty black and white. Then touch up the eyes with black, - there are lots of small nicks and marks there to enhance. And for that really evil look, lets pretend the black in the eyes is a marble that can reflect a little light!



All in the mod.


regards


Willie

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JawDborn e2 Member 2687 forum postsJawDborn vcard England
10 May 2013 - 7:19 PM

Many thanks for your help again, Willie, and for your time and trouble.

Jack

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 8:03 AM

The idea is great but you are quite a bit under exposed. Willie's mod comes pretty close to putting that right. You are converting to mono with the channel mixer? You must be able to decide how much of each channel, R, G and B go into your mono image. That is your control. Never convert to mono directly or by desaturating.

Paul

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JawDborn
JawDborn e2 Member 2687 forum postsJawDborn vcard England
12 May 2013 - 10:57 AM

Thank you Paul. The harsh side light lighting meant a heavily contrasting image, Increased exposure would have meant the right side of the image would have been almost entirely burnt out.As it was , there were some burnt out hightights which moira has moodified. I had to do quite a bit of work in Lightroom to lighten the left side of the image,particularly round the eyesocket, using the adjustment brush..
Conversion to B&W was in Lightroom 4.

Jack

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JawDborn
JawDborn e2 Member 2687 forum postsJawDborn vcard England
12 May 2013 - 11:25 AM

perhaps I should have added that the small stone statue was almost grey coloured.
The BW conversion made very little perceptible difference

Jack

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