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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!

Camera:Olympus e620
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Untitled
Username:jayhawk2000 jayhawk2000
Uploaded:21 Jul 2010 - 8:19 PM
Tags:Male, Man, Portrait, Portraits / people
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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2010 - 8:44 PM

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
Cheers Rick

Last Modified By W1ldside at 21 Jul 2010 - 8:46 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2797 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2010 - 9:38 PM

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.


Thanks


Willie

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jayhawk2000
22 Jul 2010 - 6:13 PM

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.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 8:12 AM

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.

Paul

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 2:13 PM

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.
Pamela.

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