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By window light I hoped to capture the character in his face.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:24-70
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Higgy & Dahlias
Username:oldbarrowboy oldbarrowboy
Uploaded:20 Nov 2008 - 9:23 PM
Tags:Dahlia, Portraits / people
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10866 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2862 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2008 - 3:18 AM

Welcome to EPZ Bryan, - and what a terrific image to start with.

Theres tremendous character in the face which youve captured very well with the window light.

I would suggest that the flowers are a distraction in this, and you would have a better image without them entirely. They have provided a nice focal point for him to look at though.

I have loaded two mods, both wit the flowers removed, - one colour, one a sepia monotone.
I have increased contrast, reduced saturation and red.

I hope you find this helpful, and I look forward to more of these great character shots.


Regards


Willie

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2008 - 7:30 AM

one last drag!! Smile

great shot, well composed. I like the dahlias ins hot as it defines the concentration is his face

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Robert51
Robert51  5 United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2008 - 10:59 AM

Wonderful picture Bryan, I as like the dahlias left in as the give the reason the expression on the face. I have used the marquee tool to loop around the flowers to take the brightness and the colour saturation down to ensure the don't draw the eye away from the face....
Robert

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1596 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2008 - 1:54 PM

Hello, Bryan, and welcome to EPZ. This image has a lot of strength, and I like the way the man is examining the flowers, the deep furrows in his brow, and his cigarette ash being about to fall off. Also, his hand on one of the flowers gives him an attachment to them. The light from the window is perfect on his face, nicely capturing his character, which is what you wanted, but a little harsh on the flowers, and this tends to bring the flowers into more prominence as the highlights immediately catch the eye. It would have been better to have had the flowers further away from the light source, even at the same distance as the man. Your focus is good throughout, but I find the bits and pieces in the background annoying. The colour on the man's face is a bit red. In my modification, I have tried to address these points. I cleaned up the background, used a curves adjustment, selected just the flowers and darkened them, also using the burn tool on the whites, then sharpening. In my second modification, I reduced the red.
Pamela.

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oldbarrowboy
23 Nov 2008 - 8:09 PM

Thanks for the critique
Bryan

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