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By mellyleth  
Took a few impromptu shots of Rab playing the guitar in our friends' living room in France. There is a slight grain, which is what I wanted (ISO was set at 640, no flash was used and there was some light coming in from a side window). The idea was to get Rab's hand in focus and have the head slightly out of focus (so I did it on purpose and it's not a mistake, lol).

In camera crop, auto levels adjustment, resized, sharpened and border added.

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: lozzyrhino, stevie, sugarbird and 28 more

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andytvcams 18 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 2:20PM
Nothing to modify superb,can feel it now,quality work.

starliz 16 1.6k 3 England
6 Jul 2005 2:20PM
like the sharp hand main bit for playing even with the soft focus you see a concentrated look really good shot.

congrats. well deserved HC
U4eA 16 475 England
6 Jul 2005 2:20PM
Love this..the choice of DOF is ideal, and you've made superb use of the light. Well deserved HC IMO.

jules41 17 197 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 2:22PM
Really superb mel,just smacks of quality,the DOF is excellent yet keeping enough detail in Rabs face.Well done on such a well deserved HC.Brilliant
mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 2:23PM
Thanks folks for your comments and thanks Pete for the HC, I'm well pleased.
annaliese 16 421 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 2:24PM
lighting looks great! congrats on your HC Smile

rletham 17 890 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 2:24PM
Well done on the HC pet. It's a quality shot which captures me well and I like the fact that you can see my wedding ring too.
akh Plus
17 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 2:33PM
Superb composition and use of selective focusing. Well deserves the HC.
AdrianTurner 16 350 Wales
6 Jul 2005 3:02PM
Well executed Mel, everything works.

clintnewsham 16 121 1 England
6 Jul 2005 3:09PM
a cracking shot mel, takes me back to my guitar playng days, wonderfuly composed and executed,love it, congrats on the hc

click clint
seator 17 5
6 Jul 2005 8:11PM
Congrats! Awesome image, you can almost feel his muse!
old timer 17 55 1 Scotland
6 Jul 2005 10:28PM
I love your use of focus here, Mel.
mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 11:11PM
Thanks everyone, I'm pleased that you like it.
7 Jul 2005 12:49AM
Excellent work, Mel, and well deserved HC.
mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2005 2:55AM
Cheers Lydia.
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2005 4:05AM
Congrats on a well deserved HC Mel,excellent dof.

sze4j 17 56 Singapore
7 Jul 2005 5:18AM
superb!! Love how you've seem to have concentrated on his hands, yet the emotions are shown so clearly in the slightly blurred face.... =)
icafe 17 19 Canada
7 Jul 2005 5:18AM
Excellent dof makes this truly outstanding.
Arthur Smile
mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2005 6:46AM
Thanks Mark, Sze and Arthur for your comments.
yuki 16
7 Jul 2005 8:03AM
I heard the terrible news about the bombs in London, i thaught of you and Rab, I hope all is fine, please take care! i feel very sad for such a beautiful city but i know that Londoners and the Brittish people are strong and that you will not let these terrorists change your way of life, please know that the Japanese people are your friends and that we stand with you against these cowards!

yuki 16
7 Jul 2005 8:04AM
the photo is great! i like the effect you gave it with Rab's face off focus, the HC is realy well deserved!
mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2005 8:35AM
Thank you Yuki - your kind words mean a lot and are much appreciated.


PS. Glad you like the photo!
7 Jul 2005 11:45AM
Excellent shot, superb use of selective focus.Congrats on the HC.

scotpics 17 23
8 Jul 2005 5:21AM
Hi Mel

Nice photograph - I think I like the other better though...


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