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By dusfim
Photo taken during reenactment in Victoriousa Malta.

Tags: Black and white General people

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dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1896 England
15 Nov 2020 4:21PM
Not a lot to say about this one, Mario: he's looking out of the frame, but that's fine: I can imagine him seeing a battle long in the past. Nice smooth tones, though I can imagine this being a fraction sharper.

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
15 Nov 2020 5:30PM
Better if the edges where you replaced the background. Feather the selection more when youre doing it. Its done in the mod, which has a little more light on the face, and is a bit sharper.
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
15 Nov 2020 5:40PM
Hi Mario,
This is a nice portrait, one which I suspect would do well in the Main Gallery.

He is looking towards the left of the frame, which suggests he is looking towards the me I flipped it which meant your signature was back to front, so I cloned the out.
Cropped a touch, lightened the face and added some selective sharpening.
I also attempted to help the highlights using the Camera Raw filter.
Removed some bits you missed on the bg and darkened the thin light strip on the edges of his jacket.

Converted the colour profile to sRGB, recommended for up loading on ePz.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2243 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2020 7:46PM
Hello, Mario. This is a fine portrait, and all I wanted to do was give it a background.

The background in my modification is a blurred church doorway.
I re-positioned your man to fit inside the arch-like outline in my background.
I went all around your edges to neaten them.
I selectively sharpened his beard and eyes

I then did another modification where I simply mirrored the image because I saw Janet's and thought that looked good. Strangely, he seems to have a bigger smile (though subtle) than in the original.

pablophotographer 10 2.0k 416
15 Nov 2020 11:50PM
Hi Mario.

If this man is supposed to be a Bedouin, I shall be undressed to become a Schwartzeneger lookalike.

That been said and sorted, I will agree that the picture is sharp. The light on the man is sufficient. Being presented in black and white poses an issue. It fails to record the truth. But the man is a reenactor so we can only imagine "the truth". A truth that denotes that Bedouins have dark skin because they live in a place that the sunshine is really harsh; and even for the people with lighter skin, too much exposure to too much of sunshine leads to tanning.

So flipping this on its head, why not applying a layer that makes the man look tanned and more realistic as a Bedouin? Just a thought worth two dinars.

Salam alaikum

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2020 8:59AM
Softening the edges makes all the difference.

It's fascinating how the angle of gaze changes the story. Looking to the left suggests thoughts of the past; memories, regrets... Flipping makes the effect much more positive. I think I prefer the original!

Eyes looking out of the frame - this is a rule that I love to see broken, it indicates that there is something more important and interesting than the camera.
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
16 Nov 2020 6:30PM
Would be great to hear your thoughts on the modifications and comments you have here Mario, do you think they are better or worse than your original, did any of our comments help ?
dusfim 11 Malta
17 Nov 2020 9:52AM
Hi to all,

For sure the Mods help to learn on how the same photo can be modified and seen from others view. Fosure one thing I'm not doing is after I finish my editing,I don't go to 100% to view for any faults.

From all mods and comments there is something to learn,even the critiques that I receive every one has his own vision and thinking.Which is good to learn.

Stay safe and take care.

chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
17 Nov 2020 12:32PM
Great to hear your thoughts Mario, thank you.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2020 2:19PM
Not bad at all, but this type of shot needs critical sharpness and you are just a touch off. Would also tweak the contrast up a bit, both then improving impact.


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