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Another Classic Les Paul

By Nagai
Dave Hekhouse of The Tearaways, Mathew Street Music Festival, Liverpool. 25/08/2008.

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conrad 13 10.9k 116
15 Sep 2008 9:11PM
I've looked at this image for a while, and I can't make up my mind about it. I don't think there's really anything technically or compositionally wrong with it, and still something seems to bother me about it. I'm still not 100% sure what it is, but I'm beginning to suspect that it may have something to do with the subject being clothed in dull, flat tones, and the background being in bright colours. Maybe a mono conversion would do the trick? Just a thought....

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Nagai 10 10 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2008 9:17PM
Hi Conrad,

I sort of see what you mean! I'm not too sure about the reflection on the guitar, to be honest, but liked the moment.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2008 1:40AM
Hi, Martyn. I, too, think the image is ok and like your angle, but the guitarist, being in a dark suit, needs a better background. You've put the musician beautifully in front of a big swirl, so it was a good start for me. I could have used any colour, but chose electric blue for my mod as it seemed fitting. I have recently tried the "amplified energy" effect on singers/musicians, but the tutorial was pretty hard, so I ended up doing it my way. I wouldn't expect you to do that, but you might be interested in googling for it in Photoshop tutorials. So, for this mod, I simply selected the guitarist, inverted the selection and used hue/saturation> almost full volume! Have a go, it's fun. The second mod has the guitar shadow removed, simply because I forgot to do it in the first one. This was a simple cloning job. If you need any help, just PM me.
theorderingone 14 2.4k
24 Sep 2008 1:55AM
Technically speaking, it's a very competent shot. All of the guitar is in shot and sharp, which is good. Smile

There's not much you could've done about the musician's suit, the background or the reflections on the guitar, as these are all things beyond your control (short of rolling up with a megaphone and politely asking him to get changed Wink)

The only thing I'd improve editing-wise, would be to increase the contrast via a curves adjustment, to give the image a little more pop. I've stuck a modified version up for you.

Composition-wise, the angle you've chosen to shoot at is a little nausea-inducing. I gather you probably did this to ensure all of the guitar fit in the frame, which is fine, but maybe a slightly looser and straighter composition would've been more effective? I also think that the musician would've been better caught at a different moment. He appears to be staring out into space on this shot, rather than back at the crowd, or at his guitar.

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