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Paul by grunge I just mean bringing out the skin texture a little. The mod is just like the original but I felt the strong colour looked too much like a 'snap'? Still in two minds about how to produce a final version - cropping, colour etc. I tried a tight crop to his eyes for example.
I've got several surfer shots where there is just the surfer and the sea but thought the horizon here gave a sense of position or place? I hadn't noticed the red buoy and will clone it out. I also like the surfer further out adding to the composition, creating a diagonal back towards the rocks.
The nose doesn't bother me too much, but would be nicer if sharp! But the crop is too much I think and as you say his whiskers are chopped off. Me being me, I'd also use Lightroom to increase the luminance of the red in his tongue a touch to lighten and brighten it and show the light coming through the edges. Don't laugh, it can add a bite to the image!
Thanks for the comments. Yes, the lens wide open was a c*ckup on my part! Only realised later. The trouble is, my 7D is setup with 3 customised shooting modes and also has all the others and it is so easy to find you've set the wrong one unless you're really careful. I was also in a rush because people kept coming in and nosing around too!