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Almost ZZ

By johnnyjohhny  
Ask him for a picture and a pleasanter guy you couldn't meet had to capture than amazing beard sat on the steps at Stafford upon Avon with my trusty Penf and 12-40mm lens

Tags: Beard Black and white Black and white ZZ Top larger than life charactor

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dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1715 England
26 Mar 2020 12:33PM
This is a lovely image: and the logo is a massive distraction. In the main gallery, I'd vote for it: and consider a user award if it didn't have hte logo. As I commented on yoru previous upload, with my own pictures, I want the viewer to look at the image, not be wasting their time and attention reading my name.

It would be really interesting to see the 'straight' original - this Gallery is all about showing your working - both so that we can comment on your whole process from deciding to take the shot to final presentation, and also so that others can see and learn from the creative path you've followed.

This is a classic monochrome portrait, and (very possibly) so much more pwoerful than the original - I'm guessing that you may have suppressed a good deal of background to make this so striking... It's the more impressive because you've made the sunglasses the heart of the composition: usually, a portrait is spoiled if the eyes aren't visible. There's a reason that they're often referred to as 'the window on the soul' - and wearing shades is often a sort of passive-agressive gesture. Here, they add to the character.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2020 1:00PM
Instead of eyes we have a double selfie... I like this a lot. One thing that I particularly like is that you haven't pushed sharpening too far - it can have a disastrous effect on beards!

I too would like to see the original. I find the background top left distracting, there is very little visible but the lines are strong. Equally for me the lack of a body shape (visible shoulder lines) gives an unbalanced, top-heavy effect.

You can add it here as a modification.
Moira
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
26 Mar 2020 1:54PM
I also would like to see an original. As it is, its very close to being a floating head.
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 386
26 Mar 2020 3:52PM
"When will you shave uncle Jessy?"

I can only speculate why you chose black and white. But I think it is a good choice. It helps focusing on the beard and the face. I can happily report that I could distinguish the lines of the shoulders even at reduced luminocity. The absence of eye contact and the presence of shades portrays him as a rock star who wants to stay incognito.

Job done!
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 699 England
26 Mar 2020 4:58PM
It's a good character portrait.

This is quite heavily processed (nothing wrong with that per se if it gives you a result) but in the Critique Gallery it does help enormously if you describe what you've done and load the original to show your starting point.
Given the amount of (apparent) processing to get this far those lines in the background are a bit of an annoyance.

And it would be appreciated if you could give us some idea of what you'd like advice and critique on so we can make relevant commnets.
Getting a conversation going is good.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2160 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2020 5:37PM
Good Evening, Brent.

Several members have posted quite detailed comments as well as modifications on your last upload, but have not heard anything back from you.
It would be helpful if you could give a short response to comments (in this comments section) just so that we know we are pitching our critique at the right level and providing you with the sort of feedback that you require, which should then tend to cover the areas that you are hoping to improve upon.

It could be assumed that, since you uploaded again to the Critique Gallery, you are happy with the response, but a few words from you can make all the difference to the critiquer, who will never know. Our only reward is in knowing that we have helped someone.
Without any feedback, the critiquer is left in limbo, not knowing if their words were helpful, if you liked the critique, if you disagreed with it, or otherwise. It means a lot to critiquers to have a comment from the poster and it makes them feel that their work is worthwhile when they get some feedback.

Keith said, "The more you let us know the more we can make relevant feedback", but there was no response from you. Even on this upload of the gentleman, you give no indication of the kind of critique you would like, which can be given in the Description Box when you upload.
Janet said, "We could do with a little more info from you, what you like/dislike, what you were hoping to achieve and any questions you need us to help with". No response.
I said, "Do you have any questions?"
John said, "The more you can tell us about your intentions, the more we can help you: and we're a bit short on that. You've given us a good deal of technical detail, but nothing about your intentions".

Pamela.
chase Plus
15 1.8k 454 England
26 Mar 2020 8:16PM
There is some really good critique above and I have nothing to add really, other than I would have liked to have seen a little bit of his shoulder to stop his head from floating.
It would be really helpful as Pamela has suggested that you let us know if we are going in the right direction for you.

No response makes our task so much harder as we are going on guesswork to try and help.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
26 Mar 2020 8:52PM
I increased shadow detail in a mod inspired by coronavirus isolation.
28 Mar 2020 11:23AM
Thank you all for your excellent CC as a first timer in the CC gallery i now will take on all your comments to improve and move forward. the logo is very dominant and will for now on if put in the CC will be a tad more subtle and some of my processing is a little heavy at times but on this long learning curve i can assure you all i have taken all board and will aim to improve

many Thanks Brent

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