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I am of two minds about this photo, I dismissed it at first because of the mottled shadows on the skin.
This version has had a high pass filter applied, then a quick mask so I could darken everything but the face with a levels adjustment.
Are the shadows too dark now? And his face looks a bit ghostly...still a work in progress methinks, but I'd love to hear your feedback!
These are modifications uploaded by other members of the photo above. Download the photo by right clicking Download Photo and clicking Save As.
Evening Rob ~ Have viewed this image several times and it's somewhat puzzling.....
Have definately settled on the fact for me that the crop does'nt sit right?
Initially, went for a further crop to the left side thus doing away with the portion of Window. However, do not think this improves the composition but I am now convinced if you crop from the right and pull in towards main subject to include the removal of a little of the left arm this makes the whole image more symmetrical and does away with the disracting bright line on the panelling and gives a more pleasing view to the eye.
The Shadow play on the chest adds to the Impression that this guy could be a Woodsman by trade and the overall exposure is therefore bang on!
Just an outsiders view mate
You are asking questions about this image compared to another version of it which isnt available. Is it possible to upload the untouched image as a modification to this one so we can comment on the original and processing differences< Just click on the Upload a Modification link below your image.
Sorry about that, I've uploaded the original for comparision.
I forgot to mention I took this using one of the 'Art' settings on my Olympus, hence the vignetting to give it a pinhole effect is visible on the original too.
Looking at this as a stand alone I find it a very striking male portrait and can only applaud the final result. I have no problem with pose as the eye contact is there. Looks just slightly un-natural, but i think that is part of why it is so strong.
Hello, Robert, thanks for uploading the original as a modification. I admire the work you have done on this, but the result is a matter of taste really. You have, however, made the shadows on his chest more noticeable, which I don't think was your intention. I have done a modification from your original, which I quite like, by the way. I cropped the bottom and right, played with highlights/shadows, but still had to use the burn tool on his chest and the dodge tool on his face, but I feel he looks a bit more isolated from the background. I selectively sharpened his eyes, too. My second mod has a vignette applied, which I made fairly deep so that it covered the chest area.
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