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Bookmaker's Vice

By JuliaB
From Haydock Park Races

I thought the man in the raincoat made a great subject.

I don't think it is a crowd pleaser but I like it and want to get some feedback on it. So all comments are welcome!

overcast day

1/125 sec, iso 100, f6.3, 53mm

processed in capture one LE and then converted to B&W and tweaked in photoshop. Is it a little oversharp? I've tried to create some emphasis around their faces but wonder if it is overdone (I do have a tendency!)

Tags: Racing Men Black and white Horse racing Races Bookmaker Bookie Portraits and people

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peely 15 13 England
8 Jan 2008 8:42PM
You have done a great job,great candid shot of a real character.I find it hard to pass critique,for me its a good shot,well done
ade_mcfade 18 15.2k 216 England
9 Jan 2008 12:59PM
tells the story - they look like bookies, cigars and headsets

also the fact they're looking at the monitor so intently says that there's a race on and they're hoping for the fave to fall!
9 Jan 2008 3:52PM
think it's a terrific portrait. very well converted. Doesn't feel overdone to me. only doubt I have is about the format. Think I would prefer a square format here. The best crop IMO would be cropping just below his right hand, as it would also leave the best part of his raincoat in the picture, but if the before version is the complete photo, than with that crop you'll never get to square. another possibility would be cropping below his elbow though.
But again... terrific as is.
JuliaB 17 110 2 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2008 8:32PM
thank you for your thoughts.

I did think about cropping it square, but I like his pocket too much and yes, the before version is the straight out of camera version so I didn't have much chance. I don't often look at shots with a square crop in mind, although some seem straight forward, I confess it is normally an afterthought.
Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
12 Jan 2008 4:56PM
Two great characters nicely caught. It's difficult to make comments about sharpness on here because we can only see the result of the recompression of a small jpeg. Sharpening needs to be done as the last thing before any final output.. so you should sharpen differently if say you're preparing the larger file size for a print

Nicely seen

bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
17 Jan 2008 11:38PM
very well caught...excellent work
mulder 16 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2008 7:21PM
Excellent capture Julia the chap sucking feverishly on a cigarette looks like his day isn't going as planned!.............I don't agree about the square crop
the texture of the coat adds to the image, I'll bet that pockets deep!.......LOL

The B/W is a good call.
Excellent capture, nice intense feel to it.
Hope all is well.
POOCHIE 16 21 6 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2008 8:55AM
I disagree with koen on the crop as with any picture that needs enviromental clues ,you need to keep them in the shot as your picture should really stand up without an in depth explanation, and the betting slips on the ground are one of those clues, if it was cropped above as koen suggested it could be an assistant director at wimbledon checking out a camera angle at a tennis match " wearing what looks like a really bad wig" Like this sort of photography a lot, nice work.


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