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All that is left

By Relic01  
I wanted to convey the deep emotion when you realize that after the fighting, when all is over, it is the love of country that is all that is left. I am ready to try and convey my experiences from 18-24. I did enjoy the challenge of being both photographer and subject.

Single flash at 1/64 at about the 11 o'clock position slightly higher with a 24" soft box. Camera was on manual focus and a 10 second timer. The first mod is a different perspective,

I have uploaded mods with the subject lightened.

Tags: Photo journalism Portraits Black and white portrait Low key portrait



paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
31 May 2019 3:46PM
A very good idea, but it's just too dark for me. It needs some kind of highlight like a torch beam on half his face, or something just to give more feeling. it just looks very under exposed as is.

saltireblue Plus
13 14.0k 86 Norway
31 May 2019 6:18PM
From your description about the message you want to convey, the subject's face is too dark. We can't see what his expression is and have no way to relate to him. As Paul says, you need to light up his face a bit more.
Relic01 11 8 Canada
31 May 2019 8:04PM
That confirms it, my screen is darker then most and needs calibration
31 May 2019 9:39PM
As Malc says, you need to concentrate our attention on his face. That's where the emotion is, and so that's where we connect with him.
Your V3 is much better. It needs to be dark of course, but if you could highlight his face, just a little, so as not to spoil the sombre mood, it might be better still.
Maybe try adding a little grain too.

I'll upload a mod to illustrate that approach... just a suggestion.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
31 May 2019 10:26PM
Alan, I agree the grain helps. I think my monitor is in need of calibration, the original is bright on my screen and dark on everyone elses so I am raising everything in brightness, appreciate the feedback
banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
31 May 2019 10:28PM
Scroll down to the bottom of this screen and right at the bottom right, theres a calibration strip.
There are 16 separate, distinct squares, and you should be able to see all 16 easily with the calibrated (brightness and contrast) monitor.

I would guess since your not seeing the images as dark as we see them, the strip will be missing the bright separate blocks on the left when you view them, - you will see one rather than 4 squares?
Relic01 11 8 Canada
31 May 2019 10:34PM
You are correct I see only 9 from the black on the far right moving left.
Robert51 14 12 142 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2019 7:47AM
Nice set of image that you can work on for the effect you want.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.1k 2606 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2019 5:43PM
I do think that you need to look at calibration. If you are seeing reasonable detail in this then your screen is lighter not darker than most...

I like dark images, they convey atmosphere. I remember hearing Don McCullin say recently that the older he gets the darker he prints...

BUT darkness needs light for relief. If you look at the Old Masters who explored darkness, particularly Rembrandt, you'll see that they used seemingly random flicks of white paint to highlight detail. This gives life, energy, it gives something for the viewer's eye to relate to. That's what is missing here.
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
1 Jun 2019 7:56PM
Two technical thoughts.

First, I think that you have underexposed, because you want dark. That's a mistake. Expose well, and then darken in processing is my advice. You can bend the tones as you want - severe underexposure leaves little to work iwth, absolutely literally.

Second, to back Moira - you need some light relief to set off the darkness. Tiny areas of brightness will do: V1 works pretty well.

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